Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Today in History.....March 29

On this day in …

* 1638, Swedish colonists settled in present-day Delaware

* 1847, victorious forces led by Gen. Winfield Scott occupied the city of Vera Cruz after Mexican defenders capitulated

* 1867, the British Parliament passed the North America Act to create the Dominion of Canada

* 1943, World War II meat, butter and cheese rationing began

* 1974, eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on charges stemming from the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University. (The guardsmen were later acquitted.)

* 1996, Congress passed, and President Clinton quickly signed, a 12th stopgap spending bill to avert a partial federal shutdown

* 2001, James Kopp, the fugitive wanted in the 1998 slaying of Dr.
Barnett Slepian, a Buffalo, N.Y., abortion provider, was captured in France. (Kopp was convicted in 2003 of killing Slepian and is serving a sentence of 25 years to life.)

* 2005, as Terri Schiavo entered her 12th full day without food or water, the Rev. Jesse Jackson prayed with her parents and joined conservatives in calling for Florida lawmakers to order her feeding tube reinserted

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