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UPI Almanac for Monday, March 14, 2016

Eli Whitney granted a patent for his cotton gin, FBI debuts its "10 Most Wanted" list ... on this date in history.
By United Press International   |   March 14, 2016 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Monday, March 14, the 74th day of 2016 with 292 to follow.

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


Those born on this date are under the sign of Pisces. They include Austrian composer Johann Strauss Sr. in 1804; Thomas Marshall, U.S. vice president under Woodrow Wilson, in 1854; Jonathan Luther Jones, railroad engineer who was the hero of the ballad "Casey Jones," in 1864; physicist Albert Einstein in 1879; bandleader Les Brown in 1912; cartoonist Hank Ketcham ("Dennis the Menace") in 1920; astronaut Frank Borman in 1928 (age 88); actor Michael Caine in 1933 (age 83); composer Quincy Jones in 1933 (age 82); astronaut (last man on the moon) Eugene Cernan in 1934 (age 82); golf Hall of Fame member Bob Charles in 1936 (age 80); singer Michael Martin Murphy in 1945 (age 71); basketball Hall of Fame member Wes Unseld in 1946 (age 70); comedian Billy Crystal in 1948 (age 68), Prince Albert II of Monaco in 1958 (age 58); baseball Hall of Fame member Kirby Puckett in 1961; actors Daniel Gillies in 1976 (age 40) and Ansel Elgort in 1994 (age 22).


On this date in history:

In 1794, Eli Whitney was granted a patent for the cotton gin.

In 1812, the U.S. government authorized the issue of America's first war bonds -- to pay for military equipment for use against the British.

In 1885, "The Mikado" by Gilbert and Sullivan made its stage debut in London.

In 1950, the FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" list appeared for the first time.

In 1951, Seoul was recaptured by U.N. troops during the Korean War.

In 1964, Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby was convicted of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, the assumed assassin of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Ruby was sentenced to death but the conviction was overturned and he died of cancer while awaiting a new trial.

In 1991, scientists reported the discovery of the gene that triggers colon cancer.

In 2004, Vladimir Putin easily won re-election as president of Russia. He won a third term in 2012.

In 2009, Australian authorities said a 230-ton oil spill from a Hong Kong-registered freighter caused an environmental disaster along nearly 40 miles of beach off the Queensland coast.

In 2010, Katie Spotz, 22, of Mentor, Ohio, became the youngest person and first American to complete a solo boat journey across the Atlantic Ocean, a 2,817-mile, 2 1/2-month voyage in a 19-foot wooden rowboat.

In 2012, the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Netherlands, in its first verdict as a permanent war crimes tribunal, found Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga guilty of using children in war.

In 2013, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said more people were moving into the city than moving out for the first time in more than 60 years.

In 2014, Tony Benn, a leader of the British left who campaigned for peace and nuclear disarmament, died at his home in London. He was 88.


A thought for the day: Minnesota Twins star Kirby Puckett (who died in 2006 at age 45) said at his National Baseball Hall of Fame induction in 2001, "Don't take life for granted because tomorrow isn't promised to any one of us."

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