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This Day in History – March 19, 2011

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0721 -BC- 1st recorded lunar eclipse; Location, Babylon 1748 English Naturalization Act passes granting Jews right to colonize US 1775 4 people buried by avalanche for 37 days, 3 survive (Italy) 1831 1st US bank robbery (City Bank, New York/$245,000) 1883 Jan Matzeliger invents 1st machine to manufacture entire shoes 1915 Pluto photographed for 1st time (although unknown at the time) 1918 Congress authorizes time zones & approves daylight saving time 1920 US Senate rejects Treaty of Versailles for 2nd time refusing to ratify League of Nations’ covenant (maintaining isolation policy) 1931 Nevada legalizes gambling 1937 Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Divini redemptoris against communism 1942 FDR orders men between 45 & 64 to register for non military duty 1949 1st museum devoted exclusively to atomic energy, Oak Ridge TN 1973 Dean tells Nixon, “There is a cancer growing on the Presidency” 1975 Pennsylvania is 1st state to allow girls to compete with boys in High School sports 1979 House of Representatives begins live TV broadcasts via C-SPAN 1984 Mobil oil tanker spills 200,000 gallons into Columbia River 1991 NFL owners strip Phoenix of 1993 Super Bowl game due to Arizona not recognizing Martin Luther King Day 2003 War in Iraq begins]]]]> ]]>

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