Highlight in History:
On March 26, 1979, a peace treaty was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and witnessed by President Jimmy Carter at the White House.
On this date
In 1812, an earthquake devastated Caracas, Venezuela, causing an estimated 26,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
In 1827, composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna.
In 1874, poet Robert Frost was born in San Francisco.
In 1892, poet Walt Whitman died in Camden, N.J.
In 1917, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.
In 1937, a 6-foot-tall statue of the cartoon character Popeye was unveiled during the Second Annual Spinach Festival in Crystal City, Texas.
In 1958, the U.S. Army launched America’s third successful satellite, Explorer 3.
In 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Baker v. Carr, gave federal courts the power to order reapportionment of states’ legislative districts.
In 1973, English actor, singer, playwright, director, composer and wit Sir Noel Coward died in Jamaica at age 73. The soap opera “The Young and the Restless” premiered on CBS-TV.
In 1982, groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington D.C., for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
In 1988, Jesse Jackson stunned fellow Democrats by soundly defeating Michael S. Dukakis in Michigan’s Democratic presidential caucuses.
In 1997, the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate techno-religious cult who’d committed suicide were found inside a rented mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Ten years ago
The Senate approved a $2.2 trillion budget that provided less than half the $726 billion in tax cuts President George W. Bush wanted. Former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan died in Washington D.C., at age 76.
Five years ago
Behind the Pentagon’s closed doors, U.S. military leaders told President George W. Bush they were worried about the Iraq war’s mounting strain on troops and their families, but indicated they’d go along with a brief halt in pulling out troops during summer 2008. The space shuttle Endeavour landed at Cape Canaveral, Fla., ending a 16-day mission.
One year ago
As demonstrations swirled outside, Supreme Court justices began hearing arguments on challenges to President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul.
Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Cuba in the footsteps of his more famous predecessor, Pope John Paul II, expressing great affection for Cubans on both sides of the Florida Straits and heartfelt hopes for reconciliation.
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- National, International News
National fraternity with VSU chapter issues ban on pledging
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, one of the largest U.S. fraternities and the deadliest, said Friday it will ban the initiation of recruits, citing the toll that hazing has taken on its newest members.
Russia reinforces military presence in Crimea
Dozens of military trucks transporting heavily armed soldiers rumbled over Crimea’s rutted roads Saturday as Russia reinforced its armed presence on the disputed peninsula in the Black Sea. Moscow’s foreign minister ruled out any dialogue with Ukraine’s new authorities, whom he dismissed as the puppets of extremists.
Oil slicks offer sign that Malaysian jet crashed
Two large oil slicks spotted by the Vietnamese air force offered the first sign that a jetliner carrying 239 people had crashed into the ocean after vanishing from radar without sending a single distress call.
Today in History for Sunday, March 9, 2014
Today is Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year.
Officer says U.S. general sexually assaulted her
An Army captain at the center of a sexual assault case that has scandalized the U.S. military testified Friday that a general twice forced her to perform oral sex on him during their three-year, illicit affair.
Russia, Ukraine feud over sniper carnage
One of the biggest mysteries hanging over the protest mayhem that drove Ukraine’s president from power: Who was behind the snipers who sowed death and terror in Kiev?
Set clocks ahead for daylight saving time
A sure sign that spring is on the horizon: It’s time to set the clocks forward for daylight saving time.
Today in History for Saturday, March 8, 2014
Today is Saturday, March 8, the 67th day of 2014. There are 298 days left in the year. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday at 2 a.m. locally. Clocks go forward one hour.
Malaysia loses contact with plane carrying 239
Malaysia Airlines said Saturday it lost contact with a plane carrying 239 people on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and search and rescue teams were trying to locate the aircraft.
Four dead in New Jersey fire; mix-up delayed response
A fast-moving fire claimed four lives on Thursday in New Jersey’s second-largest city, where the mayor said a mix-up over the street name delayed the emergency response.
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