Monday, March 12, 2012. Let’s see what we have for today, in years past…
1664 – New Jersey becomes a colony of England.
1912 – The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts of the USA) are founded in the United States.
1918 – Moscow becomes the capital of Russia again after Saint Petersburg held this status for 215 years.
1928 – In California, the St. Francis Dam fails; the resulting floods kill over 600 people.
1933 – Great Depression: Franklin D. Roosevelt addresses the nation for the first time as President of the United States. This is also the first of his “fireside chats“.
1938 – Anschluss: German troops occupy Austria.
1947 – The Truman Doctrine is proclaimed to help stem the spread of Communism.
1964 – New Hampshire Lottery: New Hampshire becomes the first U.S. state to legally sell lottery tickets in the 20th century.
1993 – North Korea nuclear weapons program: North Korea says that it plans to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and refuses to allow inspectors access to its nuclear sites.
1993 – The Blizzard of 1993 – Snow begins to fall across the eastern portion of the US with tornadoes, thunder snow storms, high winds and record low temperatures. The storm lasts for 30 hours.
2011 – A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melts and explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan’s earthquake.
1922 – Jack Kerouac, American writer (d. 1969)
1940 – Al Jarreau, American singer
1945 – Sammy Gravano, American organized crime figure
1946 – Liza Minnelli, American singer and actress
1947 – Mitt Romney, American politician, 70th governor of Massachusetts
1948 – James Taylor, American musician
1953 – Ron Jeremy, American pornographic actor
1956 – Dale Murphy, American baseball player
1962 – Darryl Strawberry, American baseball player
1969 – Jake Tapper, American journalist
2001 – Morton Downey, Jr., American television talk show host (b. 1933)
2001 – Robert Ludlum, American author (b. 1927)