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Interesting historical events occurring on March 22…

March 21, 2012

So what do we have that happened on March 22?

1621 – The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony sign a peace treaty with Massasoit of the Wampanoags.

1622 – Jamestown massacreAlgonquian Indians kill 347 English settlers around Jamestown, Virginia, a third of the colony’s population.

1630 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony outlaws the possession of cards, dice, and gaming tables.

1638 – Anne Hutchinson is expelled from Massachusetts Bay Colony for religious dissent.

1765 – The British Parliament passes the Stamp Act that introduces a tax to be levied directly on its American colonies.

1871 – In North CarolinaWilliam Woods Holden becomes the first governor of a U.S. state to be removed from office by impeachment.

1873 – A law is approved by the Spanish National Assembly in Puerto Rico to abolish slavery.

1960 – Arthur Leonard Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes receive the first patent for a laser

1972 – The United States Congress sends the Equal Rights Amendment to the states for ratification.

1972 – Eisenstadt v. Baird decision by the United States Supreme Court allows unmarried persons the right to contraceptives

1975 – A fire at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant in Decatur, Alabama causes a dangerous reduction in cooling water levels.

1978 – Karl Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1982 – NASA‘s Space Shuttle Columbia, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center on its third mission, STS-3.

1992 – USAir Flight 405 crashes shortly after liftoff from New York City‘s LaGuardia Airport, leading to a number of studies into the effect that ice has on aircraft.

1993 – The Intel Corporation ships the first Pentium chips (80586), featuring a 60 MHz clock speed, 100+ MIPS, and a 64 bit data path.

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Comet Hale-Bopp

1997 – The Comet Hale-Bopp has its closest approach to Earth.

2009 – Mount Redoubt, a volcano in Alaska begins erupting after a prolonged period of unrest.


1887 – Chico Marx, American comedian and actor (d. 1961)

1908 – Louis L’Amour, American author (d. 1988)

1931 – William Shatner, Canadian actor

1934 – Orrin Hatch, American politician

1935 – M. Emmet Walsh, American actor

1948 – Wolf Blitzer, American television journalist

1948 – Andrew Lloyd Webber, English theatre composer

1952 – Bob Costas, American sports commentator

1959 – Matthew Modine, American actor

1966 – Brian Shaw, American basketball player

1976 – Reese Witherspoon, American actress


1999 – David Strickland, American actor (b. 1969)

2001 – William Hanna, American animator and studio founder (b. 1910)




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