Monday, March 13, 2006

Today in History.....March 13

On this day in …

* 1781, the planet Uranus was discovered by Sir William Herschel

* 1868, the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson began in the U.S. Senate.

* 1884, Standard Time was adopted throughout the United States

* 1925, a law went into effect in Tennessee prohibiting the teaching of evolution

* 1933, banks began to reopen after a "holiday" declared by President Roosevelt

* 1964, 38 residents of a Queens, N.Y., neighborhood failed to respond to the cries of Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, 28, as she was being stabbed to death

* 1969, the Apollo 9 astronauts splashed down, ending a mission that included the successful testing of the Lunar Module

* 1980, Ford Motor Chairman Henry Ford II announced he was stepping down. ALSO: 1980, a jury in Winamac, Ind., found Ford Motor Co.

innocent of reckless homicide in the fiery deaths of three young women riding in a Ford Pinto

* 1996, world leaders, including President Clinton, held a summit in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, where they vowed unequivocal support for the Mideast peace process

* 2001, Ahmed Ressam, an Algerian practitioner of that "religion of peace" who was arrested with a carload of explosives just before New Year's Eve 1999, went on trial in Los Angeles on charges of plotting to bomb Seattle and other U.S. cities during the millennium celebrations. (He was convicted of terrorism the following month.).
ALSO: France announced its first case of foot-and-mouth disease, prompting the U.S. Department of Agriculture to suspend imports of livestock and fresh meat from the European Union

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