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Old 03-29-2012, 09:48 AM
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Default Today in history March 29th

1461 The armies of two kings, Henry VI and Edward IV, collide at Towton.

1638 A permanent European colony is established in present-day Delaware.

1827 Composer Ludwig van Beethoven is buried in Vienna amidst a crowd of over 10,000 mourners.

1847 U.S. troops under General Winfield Scott take possession of the Mexican stronghold at Vera Cruz.

1867 The United States purchases Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.

1879 British troops of the 90th Light Infantry Regiment repulse a major attack by Zulu tribesmen in northwest Zululand.

1886 Coca-Cola goes on sale for the first time at a drugstore in Atlanta. Its inventor, Dr. John Pemberton, claims it can cure anything from hysteria to the common cold.

1903 A regular news service begins between New York and London on Marconi's wireless.

1913 The German government announces a raise in taxes in order to finance the new military budget.

1916 The Italians call off the fifth attack on Isonzo.

1936 Italy firebombs the Ethiopian city of Harar.

1941 The British sink five Italian warships off the Peloponnesus coast in the Mediterranean.

1951 The Chinese reject Gen. Douglas MacArthur's offer for a truce in Korea.

1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical The King and I opens on Broadway starring Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner.

1952 President Harry Truman removes himself from the presidential race.

1961 The 23rd amendment, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to vote for president, is ratified.

1962 Cuba opens the trial of the Bay of Pigs invaders.

1966 Leonid Brezhenev becomes First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party. He denounces the American policy in Vietnam and calls it one of aggression.

1967 France launches its first nuclear submarine.

1971 Lt. William L. Calley Jr. is found guilty for his actions in the My Lai massacre.

1973 The last U.S. troops withdraw from South Vietnam.

1975 Egyptian president Anwar Sadat declares that he will reopen the Suez Canal on June 5, 1975.

1976 Eight Ohio National Guardsmen are indicted for shooting four Kent State students during an anti-war protest on May 4, 1970.

1986 A court in Rome acquits six men in a plot to kill the Pope.

Born on March 29

1790 John Tyler, 10th President of the United States (1841-1845).

1819 Edwin Drake, drilled the first productive oil well.

1835 Elihu Thomson, the English-born American inventor of electric welding and arc lighting.

1867 Cy Young, major league baseball pitcher with the most wins (509 or 511 total).

1875 Lou Henry Hoover, first lady President Herbert Hoover.

1881 Raymond Hood, architect.

1888 James E. Casey, founder of the United Parcel Service

1910 Helen Wells, author of the Cherry Ames series.

1916 Eugene McCarthy, U.S. senator and presidential candidate.

1918 Pearl Bailey, singer and actress.

1936 Judith Guest, novelist (Ordinary People).
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