AP Highlight in History: On March 28, 1979, a partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pa., released a small amount of radiation, but caused no serious injuries. It was America's worst commercial nuclear accident.
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On this date in:
Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patented a washing machine.
The U.S. Senate voted to censure President Andrew Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.
Britain and France declared war on Russia during the Crimean War.
The names of the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara, respectively.
The Spanish Civil War ended as Madrid fell to the forces of Francisco Franco.
Novelist and critic Virginia Woolf drowned herself near her home in England at age 59.
The Alfred Hitchcock film "The Birds" premiered in New York.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States, died in Washington, D.C., at age 78.
President George W. Bush publicly rejected the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on climate, a pact never ratified by the Senate.