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Thursday, March 21th 2019

Today is the 80th day of 2019.  There are 285 days left in this year.

What Happened On This Day In History?

1790 Thomas Jefferson reported to President Washington in New York City as the new secretary of state.
1804 The French civil code, the Code Napoleon, was adopted.
1918 During World War I, Germany launched the Somme offensive, hoping to break through the Allied line before American reinforcements could arrive.
1945 Allied bombers began four days of raids over Germany during World War II.
1946 The United Nations set up temporary headquarters at Hunter College in New York City.
1960 Police fired on demonstrators in Sharpeville, South Africa, killing some 70 people.
1963 Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay was emptied of its last inmates at the order of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
1965 More than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. began their march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.
1972 The Supreme Court ruled that states may not require one year residency for voting eligibility.
1985 Police in Langa, South Africa, opened fire on blacks marching to mark the 25th anniversary of the Sharpeville shootings, killing at least 21 demonstrators.
1989 Randall Dale Adams, whose conviction for killing a police officer was overturned after the documentary ''The Thin Blue Line'' challenged evidence, was released from a Texas prison.
2000 A divided Supreme Court ruled the government lacked authority to regulate tobacco as an addictive drug, throwing out the Clinton administration's main anti-smoking initiative.

Born on this day

1685 Composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany.
1806 Benito Juarez, Mexico's first president of Indian ancestry, was born in Oaxaca.
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