Today in History
Today in History: Friday, March  23, 2018
AP Highlight in History:
On March 23, 1983, President Ronald Reagan proposed the development of technology to intercept enemy nuclear missiles; the plan was dubbed "Star Wars" by its critics.
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1743George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" had its premiere, in London.
1775Patrick Henry called for America's independence from Britain, telling the Virginia Provincial Convention, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"
1919Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist political movement in Milan, Italy.
1933The German Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act, which effectively granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial legislative powers.
1942The first Japanese-Americans evacuated by the U.S. Army during World War II arrived at the internment camp in Manzanar, Calif.
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1956Pakistan became an Islamic republic.
1981The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could require, with some exceptions, parental notification when teenage girls seek abortions.
1994Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings broke Gordie Howe's National Hockey League career record with his 802nd goal.
1998"Titanic" won 11 Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best song, to tie the record set by 1959's "Ben-Hur." (The record was tied again by "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" in 2003.)
2001Russia's orbiting Mir space station ended its 15-year odyssey with a fiery plunge into the South Pacific.
2003A U.S. Army maintenance convoy was ambushed in Iraq; 11 soldiers were killed and seven were captured, including Pfc. Jessica Lynch.
2008A roadside bomb killed four U.S. soldiers in Baghdad, pushing the overall American death toll in the five-year war to at least 4,000.
2010President Barack Obama signed a $938 billion health care overhaul.
2011Actress Elizabeth Taylor died at age 79.
2012The U.S. Army formally charged Staff Sgt. Robert Bales with 17 counts of premeditated murder in the deaths of 17 villagers, more than half of them children, during a shooting rampage in southern Afghanistan.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
R&B singer Chaka Khan turns 65 years old today.
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Ric OcasekRock musician (The Cars)69
Moses MaloneBasketball Hall of Famer63
Amanda PlummerActress61
Catherine KeenerActress59
Hope DavisActress54
Marin HinkleActress52
Jason KiddBasketball player, coach45
Michelle MonaghanActress42
Perez HiltonGossip blogger40
Nicholle TomActress40
Maurice Jones-DrewFootball player33
Actress Keri Russell ("The Americans") turns 42 years old today.
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