Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Today in History.....March 22

On this day in …

* 1457, Gutenberg Bible became the first printed book

* 1733, Joseph Priestly invents carbonated water (seltzer)

* 1765, Britain enacted the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies. (The Act was repealed the following year.)

* 1790, Thomas Jefferson becomes the first US Secretary of State

* 1820, U.S. naval hero Stephen Decatur was killed in a duel with Commodore James Barron near Washington

* 1874, Young Men's Hebrew Association organizes in NYC

* 1882, Congress outlawed polygamy

* 1903, Niagara Falls runs out of water because of a drought

* 1914, world's first airline, St. Petersburg Tampa Airboat Line, begins service

* 1933, during Prohibition, President Roosevelt signed a measure to make wine and beer containing up to 3.2 percent alcohol legal

* 1946, first US rocket to leave the Earth's atmosphere (50 miles
up) ALSO: the British mandate in Transjordan came to an end

* 1954, first shopping mall opens (Southfield, Michigan)

* 1972, Congress sent the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification. (It fell three states short of the 38 needed for approval.)

* 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 hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico

* 1996, the shuttle Atlantis carrying astronaut Shannon Lucid to a rendezvous with the Russian space station Mir, blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

* 2005, Terri Schiavo's parents begged a federal appeals court to order the severely brain-damaged woman's feeding tube reinserted after their emergency request was turned down by a federal judge in Tampa, Fla. ALSO: A woman claimed to have found a fingertip while eating Wendy's chili at a restaurant in San Jose, Calif., costing the fast-food chain millions in lost sales before she admitted it was a hoax.

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