Wednesday, March 7, 2012

7th of March

It is the 66th day of the year, with only 299 days remaining until the end of the year.

161 - Emperor Antoninus Pius dies and is succeeded by his adoptive sons Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus.

1799 - Napoleon Bonaparte captures Jaffa in Palestine and his troops proceed to kill more than 2,000 Albanian captives.

1850 - Senator Daniel Webster gives his speech endorsing the Compromise of 1850 in order to prevent what many people believe to be looming civil war.

1862 - Union forces defeat Confederate troops at Pea Ridge in northwestern Arkansas.

1876 - Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for an invention he calls the telephone.

1900 - The German liner SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, becomes the first ship to send wireless signals to shore.

1965 - A group of 600 civil rights marchers are forcefully broken up in Selma, Alabama.

1968 - The United States and South Vietnamese military forces begin operation Truong Cong Dinh to root out Viet Cong forces from the area surrounding My Tho.

1985 - The song "We Are the World." has its international release.

1994 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.

2007 - The British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected.

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