Highlights in History
On Dec. 28, 1973, the Endangered Species Act was signed into law by President Richard Nixon. Alexander Solzhenitsyn published “The Gulag Archipelago,” an expose of the Soviet prison system.
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In 1612, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei observed the planet Neptune, but mistook it for a star. (Neptune wasn’t officially discovered until 1846 by Johann Gottfried Galle.)
In 1832, John C. Calhoun became the first vice president of the United States to resign, stepping down because of differences with President Andrew Jackson.
In 1846, Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union.
In 1856, the 28th president of the United States, Thomas Woodrow Wilson, was born in Staunton, Va.
In 1879, a section of the Tay Bridge in Dundee, Scotland, collapsed as a train was traveling over it, sending an estimated 75 people to their deaths in the river below.
In 1912, San Francisco’s Municipal Railway began operations with Mayor James Rolph Jr. at the controls of Streetcar No. 1 as 50,000 spectators looked on.
In 1917, the New York Evening Mail published “A Neglected Anniversary,” a facetious essay by H.L. Mencken supposedly recounting the history of bathtubs in America.
In 1937, composer Maurice Ravel died in Paris at age 62.
In 1945, Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance.
In 1961, the Tennessee Williams play “Night of the Iguana” opened on Broadway. Former first lady Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, the second wife of President Woodrow Wilson, died in Washington at age 89.
In 1972, Kim Il Sung, the premier of North Korea, was named the country’s president.
In 1987, the bodies of 14 relatives of Ronald Gene Simmons were found at his home near Dover, Ark., after Simmons shot and killed two other people in Russellville. (Simmons was executed in 1990.)
Ten years ago
Libya, for the first time, allowed U.N. nuclear officials to inspect four sites related to its nuclear weapons program.
Five years ago
A bomb-loaded SUV exploded at a military checkpoint in Afghanistan, claiming the lives of 14 school children in a heartbreaking flash captured by a U.S. security camera. The Detroit Lions completed an awful 0-16 season — the NFL’s worst ever — with a 31-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
One year ago
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning Americans from adopting Russian children.
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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.
Marchin’ Cats reunion scheduled for this month
Former members of the Valdosta High School Marchin’ Cats who participated during the award-winning years that brought national attention to the program are on a nationwide hunt to locate as many of their peers as possible in time for a reunion slated for March 28-29.
FBI seeks suspects in South Georgia bank robbery
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and local police and sheriff’s deputies are searching for suspects in the armed robbery of a south Georgia bank.
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.
Suspects arrested in marijuana case
Two Moultrie men were arrested Wednesday night following a drug bust at a Valdosta hotel, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Friday.
Bank in Alapaha robbed
Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials were in Alapaha following a bank robbery Friday morning.
Charges against gambling suspects released
Specific charges against seven people arrested Wednesday as part of a two-and-a-half-year investigation into illegal gambling in South Georgia have been released.
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