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Interesting historical events that occurred on March 29…

March 28, 2012

Thursday, March 29.  2012.  Here’s what happened in years past:

1806 – Construction is authorized of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, becoming the first United States federal highway.

1847 – Mexican-American War: United States forces led by General Winfield Scott take Veracruz after a siege.

1865 – American Civil War: Federal forces under Major General Philip Sheridan move to flank Confederate forces under Robert E. Lee as the Appomattox Campaign begins.

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1886 – Dr. John Pemberton brews the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta, Georgia.

1911 – The M1911 .45 ACP pistol becomes the official U.S. Army side arm.

1936 – In Germany, Adolf Hitler receives 99% of the votes in a referendum to ratify Germany’s illegal reoccupation of the Rhineland, receiving 44.5 million votes out of 45.5 million registered voters.

1941 – The North American Radio Broadcasting Agreement goes into effect at 03:00 local time.

1945 – World War II: Last day of V-1 flying bomb attacks on England.

1951 – Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage.

1957 – The New York, Ontario and Western Railway makes its final run, the first major U.S. railroad to be abandoned in its entirety.

1961 – The Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, allowing residents of Washington, D.C., to vote in presidential elections.

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Charles Manson

1971 – My Lai massacreLieutenant William Calley is convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison.

1971 – A Los Angeles, California jury recommends the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers.

1973 – Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam.

1973 – Operation Barrel Roll, a covert US bombing campaign in Laos to stop communist infiltration of South Vietnam, ends.

1974 – NASA‘s Mariner 10 becomes the first spaceprobe to fly by Mercury. It was launched on November 3, 1973.

1999 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 10,000 mark (10,006.78) for the first time, during the height of the internet boom.

2004 – The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.


1790 – John Tyler, 10th President of the United States (d. 1862)

1867 – Cy Young, American baseball player (d. 1955)

1917 – Man o’ War, American thoroughbred racehorse (d. 1947)

1918 – Sam Walton, American businessman (d. 1992)

1920 – John Belk, American head of Belk, Inc. (d. 2007)

1927 – John McLaughlin, American political commentator

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Billy Carter

1928 – Vincent Gigante, American mafioso (d. 2005)

1937 – Billy Carter, brother of Jimmy Carter (d. 1988)

1959 – Perry Farrell, American musician

1964 – Elle Macpherson, Australian model

1964 – Annabella Sciorra, American actress

1967 – John Popper, American musician


2005 – Johnnie Cochran, American lawyer (b. 1937)



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