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On May 7, 1763, Pontiac, chief of the Ottawa Indians, attempted to lead a sneak attack on British-held Fort Detroit, but was foiled because the British had been tipped off in advance. (The Ottawa Indians and other tribes then launched an all-out war with the British that came to be known as Pontiac’s War.)
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In 1915, nearly 1,200 people died when a German torpedo sank the British liner RMS Lusitania off the Irish coast.
In 1942, U.S. Army Gen. Jonathan Wainwright went on a Manila radio station to announce the Allied surrender of the Philippines to Japanese forces during World War II.
In 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims, France, ending its role in World War II.
In 1954, the 55-day Battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam ended with Vietnamese insurgents overrunning French forces.
In 1963, the United States launched the Telstar 2 communications satellite.
In 1992, the latest addition to America’s space shuttle fleet, Endeavour, went on its first flight.
Ten years ago
President George W. Bush ordered the lifting of sanctions against Iraq, and called on members of the U.N. Security Council to do the same. The White House announced President Bush had chosen New Mexico oilman Colin R. McMillan to be secretary of the Navy and Air Force Secretary James Roche to replace the dismissed secretary of the Army, Thomas White. (However, McMillan died in an apparent suicide in July 2003, while Roche’s nomination languished in Congress before being withdrawn in March 2004.)
Five years ago
President George W. Bush, addressing the Council of Americas, said Cuba’s post-Fidel Castro leadership had made only “empty gestures at reform” as he rejected calls for easing U.S. restrictions on the communist island. Dmitry Medvedev was sworn in as Russia’s president.
One year ago
Education Secretary Arne Duncan broke ranks with the White House, stating his unequivocal support for same-sex marriage one day after Vice President Joe Biden suggested on NBC that he supported gay marriage as well.
Vladimir Putin took the oath of office as Russia’s president in a brief but regal Kremlin ceremony.
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Focus turns to pilots as hunt for jet widens
Attention focused Sunday on the pilots of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight after the country’s leader announced findings so far that suggest someone with intimate knowledge of the Boeing 777’s cockpit seized control of the plane and sent it off-course.
Today in History for Sunday, March 16, 2014
Today is Sunday, March 16, the 75th day of 2014. There are 290 days left in the year.
Red Cross stays on the move
The First Ride for Red Poker Run in memory of Robbie Stalvey Crosby next weekend is one event locally marking American Red Cross Month, but it is designed to benefit an organization ready to help people throughout South Georgia and the world each day of the year.
Spring Into Art deadline nears
The entry deadline is this week for registering works for Spring Into Art 2014 at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts.
Obama to sign relief from flood insurance hikes
President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bipartisan bill relieving homeowners living in flood-prone neighborhoods from big increases in their insurance bills.
8 dead in NY gas blast as rescue operation goes on
The bodies of all eight people reported missing after a deadly gas explosion destroyed two buildings have been recovered, the city fire commissioner said Friday, but workers are treating the scene as a rescue operation in case there are unknown survivors in the rubble.
Justice Scalia talks Constitution in Atlanta
During a speech in Atlanta Friday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Friday defended interpreting the Constitution as it was originally written and intended.
Today in History for Saturday, March 15, 2014
Today is Saturday, March 15, the 74th day of 2014. There are 291 days left in the year.
Qualifying draws to a close
No additional candidates qualified Friday for the unexpired term of District 5 Lowndes County Commissioner John Page, according to the Lowndes County Board of Elections, closing one of the most tumultuous campaign qualifying sessions in years.
Connell holds Nashville book signing
Berrien County author Bill Connell will sign his book, “Surrounded by Courage,” 2-3 p.m. Monday, March 17, Hardee’s, 620 S. Davis St.
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