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UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Girl Scouts of America are founded in Savannah, Ga., FDR begins his "fireside chats" ... on this date in history.
By United Press International   |   March 12, 2016 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Saturday, March 12, the 72nd day of 2016 with 294 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Pisces. They include pioneer automaker Clement Studebaker in 1831; New York Times publisher Adolph Ochs in 1858; artist Elaine de Kooning in 1918; actor/singer Gordon MacRae in 1921; novelist Jack Kerouac in 1922; Mercury astronaut Wally Schirra in 1923; writer Harry Harrison in 1925; playwright Edward Albee in 1928 (age 88); actor Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas in 1931; Southwest Airlines co-founder Herb Kelleher in 1931 (age 85); former U.N. Ambassador/Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young in 1932 (age 84); actor Barbara Feldon in 1933 (age 83); Hall of Fame basketball Coach Eddie Sutton in 1936 (age 80); singer/songwriter Al Jarreau in 1940 (age 76); singer/actor Liza Minnelli in 1946 (age 70); former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in 1947 (age 69); singer/songwriter James Taylor in 1948 (age 68); Jackson 5 member Marlon Jackson in 1957 (age 59); former baseball player Darryl Strawberry in 1962 (age 54); actor Aaron Eckhart in 1968 (age 48); musician Pete Doherty in 1979 (age 37).


On this date in history:

In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scouts of America troop in Savannah, Ga.

In 1933, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt made the first of his Sunday evening "fireside chats" -- informal radio addresses from the White House to the American people.

In 1938, Nazi Germany invaded and occupied Austria.

In 1947, in a speech to Congress, U.S. President Harry Truman outlined what became known as the Truman Doctrine, calling for U.S. aid to countries threatened by communist revolution.

In 1963, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to grant former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill honorary U.S. citizenship.

In 1993, more than 250 people were killed and at least 700 wounded in 13 coordinated terrorist bombings in Mumbai.

In 1994, the Church of England ordained its first female priests.

In 1999, former Soviet allies Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic joined NATO.

In 2003, Elizabeth Smart, 15, who had been kidnapped from her Salt Lake City home in June 2002, was found in the custody of a panhandler and his wife in nearby Sandy, Utah.

In 2008, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned after being caught in a high-priced prostitution scandal.

In 2009, admitted Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff, accused of defrauding thousands of clients of billions of dollars in a massive Ponzi scheme over 20 years, pleaded guilty to 11 felonies. Madoff apologized to his victims: "I am painfully aware that I have deeply hurt many, many people ... I cannot adequately express how sorry I am for what I have done." He was later given a 150-year prison sentence.

In 2013, Steven Ray Thacker, 42, who killed three people during a crime spree in three states was executed via lethal injection in Oklahoma.

In 2014, an explosion caused by a gas leak knocked down two apartment buildings in New York City's East Harlem, killing eight people and injuring dozens of others.


A thought for the day: "I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." -- Harry S. Truman

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