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Sunday, March 8

February 26, 2015

Today is Sunday, March 8, the 67th day of 2015. There are 298 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1702 - England’s Queen Anne ascends the throne upon the death of King William III.

1722 - Afghanistan’s Mir Muhammad starts war against Persia.

1765 - Britain’s House of Lords passes Stamp Act to tax American colonies.

1782 - The Gnadenhutten massacre takes place as some 90 Indians are slain by militiamen in Ohio in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians.

1865 - A canal is begun in the Netherlands to connect Amsterdam with the North Sea.

1898 - United States refuses to support Britain in its conflict with Russia over a loan to China.

1904 - Germany revises 1872 anti-Jesuit law to permit return of some members of the Roman Catholic order.

1917 - Riots and strikes break out in St. Petersburg, marking start of Russian Revolution.

1942 - Japanese forces capture Rangoon, Burma, during World War II.

1949 - France recognizes noncommunist Vietnam nationalists under Bao Dai as independent state within French Union.

1950 - Marshal Voroshilov announces the existence of the Soviet atomic bomb.

1954 - United States and Japan sign mutual defense agreement.

1957 - Ghana is admitted to the United Nations.

1965 - United States lands 3,500 Marines in South Vietnam.

1969 - Soviet Union puts its Far East army on alert as warning to China after frontier clash on Ussuri River.

1970 - Cyprus President Archbishop Makarios escapes assassination when terrorist snipers shoot down his helicopter.

1986 - Guerrilla violence in Colombia takes seven lives a day before national elections.

1987 - Sri Lankan troops launch large new offensive, killing 11 separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Jaffna peninsula.

1989 - Chinese troops converge on Tibetan capital of Lhasa to enforce martial law following three days of anti-Chinese rioting.

1991 - Forty foreign journalists and two U.S. servicemen captured by Iraqi soldiers are turned over to Red Cross officials in Baghdad.

1993 - South Korea’s President Kim Young-sam fires two key generals in a move to seize civilian control of the army and open the path to reform.

1994 - Indian jetliner crashes into a parked Russian plane in New Delhi, killing at least seven.

1995 - Gunmen fire on a van carrying American employees to the U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing two and wounding one.

1996 - China fires three ballistic missiles into waters off Taiwan’s main ports, two weeks before the island’s first presidential elections.

1999 - The U.S. Energy Department fires a Taiwanese-born scientist suspected of handing over nuclear missile technology to China in the 1980s.

2003 - An Argentine court releases an indictment ordering the arrest of four former Iranian government officials for their alleged role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people were killed.

2005 - The U.N. war crimes court indicts Kosovo’s prime minister for alleged atrocities while commanding ethnic Albanian insurgents against Serb forces in the struggle for control of the province.

2006 - Tens of thousands of Sudanese march through Khartoum, protesting plans to deploy U.N. peacekeepers in conflict-torn Darfur and demanding the expulsion of the top U.N. and U.S. envoys in the country.

2007 - Insurgents ambush a convoy of African Union peacekeepers sent to help stabilize Somalia’s violent capital, setting off a gunfight that kills at least 10 civilians.

2009 - Roman Catholic and Protestant congregations pray together for peace after Irish Republican Army dissidents kill two Britsh soldiers — the first deadly attack on Northern Ireland security forces in 12 years.

2010 - Hundreds of earthquake survivors huddle in aid tents and around bonfires in eastern Turkey, seeking relief from the winter cold after a strong temblor knocks down stone and mud-brick houses in five villages, killing 51 people.

2012 - One of the strongest solar storms in years engulfs Earth, but scientists say the planet may have lucked out because it struck in a direction that causes the least amount of damage.

2013 - President Hugo Chavez is lauded as a modern-day reincarnation of Latin American liberator Simon Bolivar and a disciple of Cuba’s Fidel Castro at a fiery foot-stomping state funeral that at times smacks of a political rally.

2014 — Two large oil slicks spotted by the Vietnamese air force offer the first sign that a Malaysian Airlines jetliner carrying 239 people had crashed into the ocean after vanishing from radar.

Today’s Birthdays:

Richard Howe, English admiral (1726-1799); Oliver Wendell Holmes, U.S. jurist (1809-1894); Juana de Ibarbourou, Uruguayan poet (1895-1979); Cyd Charisse, U.S. actress-dancer (1923-2008); Lynn Redgrave, British actress (1943--2010); Aidan Quinn, U.S. actor (1959--); Camryn Manheim, U.S. actress (1961--).

Thought For Today:

We do not acquire humility. There is humility in us — only we humiliate ourselves before false gods — Simone Weil, French philosopher (1909-1943).

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