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On Jan. 14, 1963, George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama; his inaugural address included the ringing declaration, “Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” — a view Wallace came to repudiate in later years.
On this date
In 1784, the United States ratified a peace treaty with England, ending the Revolutionary War.
In 1900, Puccini’s opera “Tosca” had its world premiere in Rome.
In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and French General Charles de Gaulle opened a wartime conference in Casablanca.
In 1952, NBC’s “Today” show premiered, with Dave Garroway as the host, or “communicator.”
In 1953, Josip Broz Tito was elected president of Yugoslavia by the country’s Parliament.
In 1963, Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiographical novel “The Bell Jar” was published in London under the pen name “Victoria Lucas,” less than a month before Plath committed suicide.
In 1968, the Green Bay Packers of the NFL defeated the AFL’s Oakland Raiders, 33-14, in Super Bowl II.
In 1969, 27 people aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, off Hawaii, were killed when a rocket warhead exploded, setting off a fire and additional explosions.
In 1973, the Miami Dolphins of the AFC defeated the Washington Redskins of the NFC 14-7 to win Super Bowl VII. (This game featured the notorious “Garo’s Gaffe” by Dolphins kicker Garo Yepremian that resulted in a Redskins touchdown.)
In 1989, President Ronald Reagan delivered his 331st and final weekly White House radio address, telling listeners, “Believe me, Saturdays will never seem the same. I’ll miss you.”
In 1993, TV talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS.
Ten years ago
Kmart Corp. announced its biggest round of cutbacks yet, saying it would close 326 more stores and eliminate 37,000 more jobs in hopes of getting out of bankruptcy by the end of April 2003. (Kmart emerged from Chapter 11 protection in May 2003.) Thousands of General Electric Co. employees across the country began a two-day strike to protest higher health insurance costs.
Five years ago
Republican Bobby Jindal, the first elected Indian-American governor in the United States, took office in Louisiana.
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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.
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.
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