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Wednesday, March 11

March 4, 2015

Today is Wednesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2015. There are 295 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1302 - Romeo and Juliet’s wedding day, according to Shakespeare.

1784 - British sign peace treaty with Tippoo of Mysore in India.

1810 - Emperor Napoleon of France is married by proxy to the Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria.

1812 - King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia gives Jewish citizens equal rights.

1845 - Maori stage further uprisings against British rule in New Zealand.

1888 - The “Blizzard of ’88” strikes the northeastern United States, piling up snow up to 6 meters (20 feet) deep and resulting in some 400 deaths.

1913 - Britain and Germany agree on frontier between Nigeria and Cameroon.

1917 - British forces capture Baghdad during World War I.

1938 - German forces enter Austria.

1941 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs into law the Lend-Lease Bill, providing war supplies to countries fighting the Axis.

1943 - British Eighth Army repulses heavy German counterattacks in Tunisia in World War II.

1965 - A white minister from Boston, the Rev. James J. Reeb, dies after whites beat him during civil rights demonstrations in Selma, Alabama.

1966 - President Sukarno of Indonesia is forced to delegate wide powers to army Gen. Suharto, who later replaces him.

1975 - Two Portugal Air Force planes attack military barracks in Lisbon in what is called an attempt to overthrow left-wing military government.

1977 - Brazil cancels 25-year-old military assistance treaty with the United States because of U.S. State Department report criticizing its alleged human rights violations.

1985 - Politburo leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev is chosen to succeed the late Soviet President Konstantin U. Chernenko.

1987 - Sudanese-sponsored peace talks between Chad and Libya break down, and no date is set to resume negotiations.

1990 - Lithuanian Parliament declares independence from Soviet Union.

1991 - Pro-democracy activists in Kuwait demand that the country’s government set a date for parliamentary elections.

1992 - Sikh militants round up 17 Hindu workers and execute them at a government-owned mill in Punjab.

1994 - Eduardo Frei becomes president of Chile.

1997 - Armed unrest spreads for the first time to northern Albania, and outgunned soldiers pull back toward the capital.

1998 - South Korea says it will compensate women who were enslaved in Japanese army brothels in World War II, then recover the money from Japan.

2002 - Fifteen are killed and more than 50 others injured in a fire and stampede at a girls’ school in Saudi Arabia, sparking an outcry after religious police prevented male firefighters and paramedics from rescuing the girls because they were not wearing the black head-to-toe covering required by Saudi law.

2004 - A series of bombs hidden in backpacks explode in quick succession, blowing apart four commuter trains in Madrid, Spain, killing at least 199 people and wounding more than 1,400 in the worst terrorist attack in Spanish history.

2006 - Former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic, being tried at The Hague for war crimes after orchestrating a decade of bloodshed that killed 250,000 people and broke up his country, is found dead after a heart attack in his prison cell.

2008 - The Belgian government and banks agree to pay $170 million (euro110 million) to Holocaust survivors, families of victims and the Jewish community for losses during World War II. About half of the 50,000 Jews in Belgium were exterminated in the Holocaust.

2009 - A 17-year-old wielding a Beretta 9m pistol bursts into a classroom in his former high school in Germany and guns down students in a rampage that leaves 15 dead before he takes his own life.

2012 - A U.S. Army sergeant opens fire on Afghan villagers as they sleep, killing 16 people — mostly women and children — in an attack that reignites fury at the U.S. presence following a wave of deadly protests over Americans burning Qurans.

2013 - Thousands of cheering admirers accompany President Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor as Nicolas Maduro registers to be a candidate to replace the dead Venezuelan leader while forcing the main opposition candidate to delay his entry into the race.

2014 — In trade talks, the European Union wants to ban the use of European names like Parmesan and feta on cheese made in the United States, but U.S. dairy producers, cheesemakers and food companies are fighting the idea.

Today’s Birthdays:

Torquato Tasso, Italian poet (1544-1595); Louis Florence d’Epinay, French author (1726-1783); Christian Ditlev, Count Reventlow, Danish statesman who abolished serfdom (1748-1827); Astor Piazzolla, Argentine musician (1921-1992); Douglas Adams, British writer (1952-2001); Rupert Murdoch, Australian media magnate (1931--); Alex Kingston, British actress (1963--); Terrence Howard, U.S. actor (1969--).

Thought For Today:

There are some people who leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water — Kate Chopin, American writer (1851-1904).

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