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March 22, 2013

Today in History

Today is Friday, March 22, the 81st day of 2013. There are 284 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 22, 1963, The Beatles' debut album, "Please Please Me," was released in the United Kingdom by Parlophone.

On this date:

  • In 1312, Pope Clement V issued a papal bull ordering dissolution of the Order of the Knights Templar.
  • In 1638, religious dissident Anne Hutchinson was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for defying Puritan orthodoxy.
  • In 1765, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act of 1765 to raise money from the American colonies, which fiercely resisted the tax. (The Stamp Act was repealed a year later.)
  • In 1820, U.S. naval hero Stephen Decatur was killed in a duel with Commodore James Barron near Washington, D.C.
  • In 1894, hockey's first Stanley Cup championship game was played; home team Montreal defeated Ottawa, 3-1.
  • In 1933, during Prohibition, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure to make wine and beer containing up to 3.2 percent alcohol legal.
  • In 1941, the Grand Coulee hydroelectric dam in Washington state went into operation.
  • In 1943, the Khatyn Massacre took place during World War II as German forces killed 149 residents of the village of Khatyn, Belarus, half of them children.
  • In 1958, movie producer Mike Todd, the husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor, and three other people were killed in the crash of Todd's private plane near Grants, N.M.
  • In 1978, Karl Wallenda, the 73-year-old patriarch of "The Flying Wallendas" high-wire act, fell to his death while attempting to walk a cable strung between two hotel towers in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • In 1988, both houses of Congress overrode President Ronald Reagan's veto of the Civil Rights Restoration Act.
  • In 1993, Intel Corp. unveiled the original Pentium computer chip.

Ten years ago: Anti-war activists marched again in dozens of cities, marshaling well over 100,000 in Manhattan and sometimes trading insults with backers of the U.S.-led war on Iraq. U.S. forces reported seizing a large weapons cache in Afghanistan.

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