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On Nov. 30, 1982, the Michael Jackson album “Thriller” was released by Epic Records.
On this date
In 1782, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
In 1803, Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France, which had sold it to the United States.
In 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens — better known as Mark Twain — was born in Florida, Mo.
In 1874, British statesman Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace.
In 1900, Irish writer Oscar Wilde died in Paris at age 46.
In 1936, London’s famed Crystal Palace, constructed for the Great Exhibition of 1851, was destroyed in a fire.
In 1939, the Winter War began as Soviet troops invaded Finland. (The conflict ended the following March with a Soviet victory.)
In 1954, Ann Elizabeth Hodges of Oak Grove, Ala., was slightly injured when an 8 1/2-pound chunk of meteorite crashed through the roof of her house, hit a radio cabinet, and then hit her as she lay napping on a couch.
In 1962, U Thant of Burma, who had been acting secretary-general of the United Nations following the death of Dag Hammarskjold the year before, was elected to a four-year term. Eastern Air Lines Flight 512, a DC-7B, crashed while attempting to land at New York’s Idlewild Airport, killing 25 of the 51 people on board.
In 1966, the former British colony of Barbados became an independent nation.
In 1982, the motion picture “Gandhi,” starring Ben Kingsley as the Indian nationalist leader, had its world premiere in New Delhi.
In 1987, American author James Baldwin died in Saint Paul de Vence, France, at age 63.
Ten years ago
International weapons hunters in Iraq paid an unannounced visit to a military post previously declared “sensitive” and restricted by Baghdad. A nightclub fire in Caracas, Venezuela, killed 50 people.
Five years ago
A man took hostages at a Hillary Clinton campaign office in Rochester, N.H.; Leeland Eisenberg surrendered about five hours later. An Atlasjet plane crashed in southwest Turkey, killing all 57 people on board. An Amtrak train and a freight train collided on a track on the South Side of Chicago, injuring dozens of people. Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel died in Clearwater, Fla., at age 69.
One year ago
The central banks of the wealthiest countries, trying to prevent a debt crisis in Europe from exploding into a global panic, swept in to shore up the world financial system by making it easier for banks to borrow American dollars. Police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia dismantled Occupy Wall Street encampments in both cities. An Arizona jury sentenced Mark Goudeau to death for killing nine people in the Phoenix area.
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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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