Today in History
Today is Wednesday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2022. There are 283 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On March 23, 1919, Benito Mussolini founded his fascist political movement in Milan, Italy.
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In 1775, Patrick Henry delivered an address to the Virginia Provincial Convention in which he reportedly said, “Give me liberty or give me death!”
In 1806, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, having reached the Pacific coast, began their journey east.
In 1933, the German Reichstag passed the Enabling Act, which effectively granted dictatorial powers to Adolf Hitler.
In 1942, the first Japanese Americans evacuated by the United States Army during World War II arrived at the Manzanar, California, internment camp.
In 1965, America’s first two-person space mission took place when Gemini 3 lifted off with astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom and John W. Young aboard for a nearly 5-hour flight.
In 1981, the United States Supreme Court, in HL v. Matheson, ruled that states can, with limited exceptions, require parental notification when teenage girls seek abortions.
In 1993, scientists announced that they had found the renegade gene that causes Huntington’s disease.
In 1994, Aeroflot Flight 593, an Airbus A310, crashed in Siberia with the loss of all 75 people on board; it turned out that the teenage son of a pilot who was allowed to sit at the controls had accidentally disengaged the autopilot, resulting in a loss of control.
In 1998, “Titanic” tied an Oscar record by winning 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director (James Cameron) and Song (“My Heart Will Go On”).
In 2003, during the Iraq War, a US Army maintenance convoy was ambushed in Nasiriyah (nah-sih-REE’-uh); 11 soldiers were killed, including Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa (py-ES’-tuh-wah); six were captured, including Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who was rescued on April 1, 2003.
In 2010, claiming a historic triumph, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, a $938 billion health care overhaul.
In 2020, President Donald Trump said he wanted the country to be back for business in weeks, not months; he claimed the continued shutdowns could lead to more deaths than the coronavirus itself. Britain has become the latest European country to enter an effective lockdown, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordering most retail stores closed and banning public gatherings.
A decade ago: Urging Americans to ‘self-reflect’, President Barack Obama dove into the emotional debate over the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida, saying, ‘If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon”. The U.S. Army officially charged Staff Sgt. Robert Bales with 17 counts of premeditated murder in the deaths of 17 villagers, more than half of whom were children, in a shooting spree in southern Afghanistan. Pope Benedict XVI landed in Mexico before a crowd of worshipers who walked more than 20 miles of his route in the city of Leon.
Five years ago: Abandoning negotiations, President Donald Trump demanded a decisive vote on health care legislation in the House, threatening to leave ‘Obamacare’ in place and move on to other issues if the vote the next day failed. (Trump and GOP leaders ended up pulling their bill when it became clear it would fail badly.)
A year ago: A skyscraper-sized freighter ran aground and got stuck in the Suez Canal; hundreds of ships would be barred from crossing the canal until the ship was released six days later. Israeli voters took part in legislative elections that would leave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu without a majority, forcing him out of office. George Segal, nominated for an Oscar for his role in ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’, dies in California at 87; he had worked until the late 80s on the ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs”.
Today’s birthdays: Director Mark Rydell turns 93. International Motorsports Hall of Famer Craig Breedlove is 85. Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is 70. Singer Chaka Khan is 69 years old. Actress Amanda Plummer is 65. Actress Catherine Keener is 63 years old. Actor Hope Davis is 58 years old. Actor Richard Grieco is 57 years old. Actor Marin Hinkle is 56 years old. Rock singer-musician Damon Albarn (Blur) is 54 years old. Actor Kelly Perine is 53 years old. Actor-singer Melissa Errico is 52 years old. Rock musician John Humphrey (The Nixons) is 52. Bandleader Reggie Watts (TV: “The Late Late Show With James Corden”) is 50. Actor Randall Park is 48 years old. Actress Michelle Monaghan is 46 years old. Actor Keri Russell is 46 years old. Actor Anastasia Griffith is 44 years old. Hilton is 44 years old. Actor Nicholle Tom is 44 years old. Actor Brandon Dirden is 44 years old. Country singer Brett Young is 41 years old. Actor Nicolas Wright is 40 years old. Actor Ben Rappaport is 36 years old. NBA point guard Kyrie Irving is 30 years old.
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