On this day - March 22

2012-03-22 07:23
Today is Thursday, March 22, the 82nd day of 2012. There are 284 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1594 - Paris opens its gates to King Henry VI, newly converted to Catholicism. He is said to have uttered "Paris is well worth a Mass!"

1622 - About 35 Virginians are killed in first massacre by Native Americans of European colonists in North America.

1794 - US Congress passes law prohibiting American ships from supplying slaves to other countries.

1882 - US Congress outlaws polygamy.

1895 - Auguste and Louis Lumiere show their first movie to an invited audience in Paris; this is generally regarded as the first public display of a movie projected onto a screen.

1917 - United States becomes first nation to recognise new provisional government in Russia.

1945 - Arab League is founded in Cairo, Egypt.

1962 - Right-wing French terrorists attack government forces in Algiers.

1963 - United States attempts to mediate political dispute that threatens civil war in South Vietnam.

1978 - Karl Wallenda, the 73-year-old patriarch of The Flying Wallendas high-wire act, falls to his death while attempting to walk a cable strung between two buildings of a hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1987 - Chadian soldiers seize major Libyan ground and air base at Ouadi Doum in northern Chad after heavy fighting.

1989 - Delegates from 105 countries, meeting in Switzerland, adopt a draft UN treaty to control international transport of dangerous wastes.

1990 - A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, finds former tanker captain Joseph Hazelwood innocent of three major charges in connection with the Exxon Valdez oil spill, but convict him of a minor charge of negligent discharge of oil.

1991 - Police fire on pro-democracy protesters in Bamako, Mali, killing 30, in violence that leads to the overthrow of dictator General Moussa Traore.

1993 - Khmer Rouge guerrillas in Cambodia attack an ethnic Vietnamese fishing village, killing 35.

1994 - A Russian Airbus A-310 crashes in Siberia en route to Hong Kong after the pilot's teenage son takes the controls. All 75 people aboard die.

1996 - UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia issues the first indictments for crimes against Serbs, charging three Bosnian Muslims and a Bosnian Croat with murder, torture and rape.

1998 - Albanians in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo hold elections for a shadow government.

1999 - US envoy Richard Holbrooke meets with Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic in a last-ditch attempt to gain concessions on Kosovo, while Yugoslav police and army troops burn villages in the rebel province.

2001 - The United States orders the ouster of more than 50 Russian diplomats suspected of undercover intelligence activities.

2002 - Britain's High Court grants a quadriplegic woman the right to have her life support switched off. The decision marks the first time in Britain a person whose medical treatment offered her a normal life expectancy won the right to die.

2005 - The only man to challenge Hosni Mubarak for the presidency is charged with forging signatures to win approval for his party - an escalation in the government's confrontation with Ayman Nour, the most prominent figure in Egypt's fledgling reform movement.

2006 - Governments, not private companies, should take the lead in improving public access to safe drinking water, representatives of 148 countries conclude at the end of a forum in Mexico City on improving global water supplies.

2008 - Taiwan's opposition candidate Ma Ying-jeou crushes his rival in presidential elections, promising a China policy that would defuse decades of tension with the island's missile-wielding neighbour.

2009 - A group of Saudi clerics urges the kingdom's new information minister to ban women from appearing on TV or in newspapers and magazines, making clear the country's hard-line religious establishment is sceptical of a new push toward modernisation.

2010 - President Nicolas Sarkozy dismisses his labour minister and reshuffles several other Cabinet posts after leftists wallop his conservatives in France's regional elections - a defeat that exposes his inability to convince the public on his economic reforms.

2011 - Yemen's US-backed president, his support crumbling among political allies and the army, warns that the country could slide into a civil war as the opposition rejects his offer to step down by the end of the year.

Today's Birthdays:
Anthony van Dyck, Dutch artist (1599-1641); Robert Andress Millikan, US scientist (1868-1953); Marcel Marceau, French mime (1923-2007); Karl Malden, US actor (1912-2009); Stephen Sondheim, US composer (1930--); William Shatner, Canadian-born actor (1931--); Andrew Lloyd Webber, British composer (1948--); Reese Witherspoon, US actress (1976--).

Thought For Today:
Although human life is priceless, we always act as if something had an even greater price than life ... But what is that something? - Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French author (1900-1944)

- Sapa-AP

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