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February 24, 2013

Today in History for Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013

-- — Highlight in History

On Feb. 24, 1868, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; Johnson was later acquitted by the Senate.

Ten years ago

Seeking U.N. approval for war against Iraq, the United States, Britain and Spain submitted a resolution to the Security Council declaring that Saddam Hussein had missed “the final opportunity” to disarm peacefully and indicating that he had to face the consequences. A powerful earthquake in China’s western region of Xinjiang killed at least 263 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and injured at least 4,000.

Five years ago

“No Country for Old Men” won Academy Awards for best picture, best director and best screenplay adaptation for Joel and Ethan Coen and best supporting actor for Javier Bardem; Daniel Day-Lewis won best actor for “There Will Be Blood,” while Marion Cotillard was named best actress for “La Vie en Rose.” A suicide bomber struck Shiite Muslim pilgrims south of Baghdad, killing at least 56 people. Cuba’s parliament named Raul Castro president, ending nearly 50 years of rule by his brother Fidel. Ralph Nader announced a fresh bid for the White House on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

One year ago

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in Tunisia for a conference on Syria, blasted Russia and China as “despicable” for opposing U.N. action aimed at stopping the bloodshed in Syria. Jan Berenstain, 88, who with her husband, Stan, wrote and illustrated the Berenstain Bears books, died in Solebury, Pa.

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