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On April 26, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was surrounded by federal troops near Port Royal, Va., and killed. (Just before dying, Booth looked at his hands and gasped, “Useless, useless.”)
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In 1607, English colonists went ashore at present-day Cape Henry, Va., on an expedition to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere.
In 1913, Mary Phagan, a 13-year-old worker at a Georgia pencil factory, was strangled; Leo Frank, the factory superintendent, was convicted of her murder and sentenced to death. (Frank’s death sentence was commuted, but he was lynched by an anti-Semitic mob in 1915.)
In 1933, Nazi Germany’s infamous secret police, the Gestapo, was created.
In 1937, German and Italian warplanes raided the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War; estimates of the number of people killed vary from the hundreds to the thousands.
In 1968, the United States exploded beneath the Nevada desert a 1.3 megaton nuclear device called “Boxcar.”
In 1986, a major nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union).
In 1993, Conan O’Brien was named to succeed David Letterman as host of NBC’s “Late Night” program.
Ten years ago
A Soyuz rocket carrying American astronaut Edward Lu and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko blasted off for the international space station. Actor Charlton Heston, diagnosed with symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, made his last appearance as president of the National Rifle Association during an NRA convention in Orlando, Fla., where he briefly thanked the membership.
Five years ago
Police in Austria arrested Josef Fritzl, freeing his daughter Elisabeth and her six surviving children, whom he had fathered while holding her captive in a cellar for 24 years. (Fritzl was later sentenced to life in a psychiatric ward.) Yossi Harel, the ship commander whose attempt to bring Holocaust survivors to Palestine aboard the Exodus 1947 built support for Israel’s founding, died in Tel Aviv at age 90. Avant-garde composer Henry Brant died in Santa Barbara, Calif., at age 94.
One year ago
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor became the first head of state since World War II to be convicted by an international war crimes court as he was found guilty of arming Sierra Leone rebels in exchange for “blood diamonds” mined by slave laborers and smuggled across the border.
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Today in History for Wednesday, March 12, 2014
In 1912, the Girl Scouts of the USA had its beginnings as Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga., founded the first American troop of the Girl Guides.
Shoe-bomb witness testifies from U.K. at trial
Jurors at the terrorism trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law watched him threaten there would be no end to the “storm of airplanes” on videotapes made in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks Monday just before a British man testified by video from London that he trained to blow up a plane in late 2001 with a shoe bomb.
Search widens for missing Malaysian passenger jet
Authorities hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner expanded their search on land and sea Tuesday, reflecting the difficulties in locating traces of the plane more than three days after it vanished.
Commission discusses annexation request
At the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday morning, the commissioners discussed a property annexation request from the City of Lake Park.
Today in History for Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Today is Tuesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2014. There are 295 days left in the year.
Police investigate robbery reports
Over the weekend, police investigated several reports of individuals who were robbed by force or with the threat of a weapon.
Bender qualifies for Superior Court judge’s race
A Moultrie native and Valdosta Municipal Court judge has entered the race for the Superior Court Judge seat left open by retiring Judge Frank Horkan.
Candidates qualify in surrounding counties
Below is a list of all of the qualifying candidates from the surrounding counties of Berrien, Brooks, Cook and Lanier:
Violence reported at prison
The state Department of Corrections verified Monday that several violent episodes occurred Sunday at the Valdosta State Prison.
‘Just Move It’ Fun Run on the way
Whether it is for your family, health, or favorite charity organization, the Valdosta Junior Services League invites you to “Just Move It” at the annual Dosta Dash 5K, 10K & Fun Run on March 22, 2014.
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