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Today is Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014 with 294 to follow.

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


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 86); actor Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas in 1931; Southwest Airlines co-founder Herb Kelleher in 1931 (age 83) former U.N. Ambassador and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young in 1932 (age 82); actor Barbara Feldon in 1933 (age 81); Hall of Fame basketball Coach Eddie Sutton in 1936 (age 78); singer/songwriter Al Jarreau in 1940 (age 74); singer/actor Liza Minnelli in 1946 (age 68); former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in 1947 (age 67); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member James Taylor in 1948 (age 66); Jackson 5 member Marlon Jackson in 1957 (age 57); former baseball player Darryl Strawberry in 1962 (age 52); actor Aaron Eckhart in 1968 (age 46); and musician Pete Doherty in 1979 (age 35).


On this date in history:

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

In 1930, Mahatma Gandhi began a campaign of civil disobedience against British rule in India.

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 in a wave of bombings in Mumbai.

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

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

In 2002, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, speaking after Israeli raids killed 31 Palestinians, declared that Israel must end its "illegal occupation" of Palestinian land.

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, a 17-year-old boy, who felt "no one recognized my potential," killed 16 people, including nine students, at his former school in Winnenden, Germany. He died in a shootout with police.

In 2012, after days of violence, Palestinian and Israeli authorities agreed to a truce, an agreement reached with the help of Egyptian mediators.

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

A thought for the day: "Influence is like a savings account. The less you use it the more you've got." -- Andrew Young

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