Friday, March 24, 2006

Today in History.....March 24

On this day in …

* 1765, Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers

* 1883, long-distance telephone service was inaugurated between Chicago and New York

* 1934, President Roosevelt signed a bill granting future independence to the Philippines

* 1944, in occupied Rome, the Nazis, ym"sh, executed more than 300 civilians in reprisal for an attack by Italian partisans the day before that killed 32 German soldier

* 1976, the president of Argentina, Isabel Peron, was deposed by her country's military

* 1995, NASA astronaut Shannon Lucid transferred from the space shuttle Atlantis to the Russian space station Mir, beginning a five-month stay. ALSO: Stargazers across the country scanned the skies in hopes of seeing Hyakutake, the brightest comet to pass by the Earth in two decades. For the first time in 20 years, no British soldiers were patrolling the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland

* 1999, NATO launched airstrikes against Yugoslavia, marking the first time in its 50-year existence that it had ever attacked a sovereign country

* 2001, three car bombs exploded almost simultaneously in southern Russia, killing 23 people in the worst act of terror to hit Russia outside warring Chechnya in months

* 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal from the parents of Terri Schiavo to have a feeding tube reinserted into the severely brain-damaged woman

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