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Today in History: March 14

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Today in History
March 14

1629   A Royal charter is granted to the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1743   The first American town meeting is held at Boston’s Faneuil Hall.
1757   British Admiral John Byng is executed by a firing squad on board HMS Monarch for neglect of duty.
1794   Inventor Eli Whitney receives a patent for his cotton gin.
1900   The United States currency goes on the gold standard.
1903   The Senate ratifies the Hay-Herran Treaty, guaranteeing the United States the right to build a canal in Panama.
1912   An anarchist named Antonio Dalba unsuccessfully attempts to kill Italy’s King Victor Emmanuel III in Rome.
1915   The British Navy sinks the German battleship Dresden off the Chilean coast.
1918   An all-Russian Congress of Soviets ratifies a peace treaty with the Central Powers.
1923   President Warren G. Harding becomes the first U.S. President to file an income tax report.
1936   Adolf Hitler tells a crowd of 300,000 that Germany’s only judges is God and itself.
1939   The Nazis dissolve the republic of Czechoslovakia.
1943   The Germans reoccupy Kharkov in the Soviet Union.
1947   The United States signs a 99-year lease on naval bases in the Philippines.
1951   U.N. forces recapture Seoul for the second time during the Korean War.
1954   The Viet Minh launch an assault against the French Colonial Forces at Dien Bien Phu.
1964   A Dallas jury finds Jack Ruby guilty of the murder of alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
1967   John F. Kennedy‘s body is moved from a temporary grave to a permanent one in Arlington Cemetery.
1968   The Mai Lai Massacre occurs. An estimated 347-504 Vietnamese Villagers are killed by American troops. [MHQ- The Quarterly Journal of Military History]
1978   An Israeli force of 22,000 invades south Lebanon, hitting the PLO bases.
1990   Mikhail S. Gorbachev becomes president of the Soviet Congress.
1991   The “Birmingham Six,” imprisoned for 16 years for their alleged part in an IRA pub bombing, are set free after a court agrees that the police fabricated evidence.
Born on March 14
1804   Johann Strauss, violinist and composer.
1833   Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the first American woman to become a dentist.
1854   Paul Ehrlich, German bacteriologist who received the Nobel Prize for medicine.
1864   Casey Jones, railroad engineer.
1879   Albert Einstein, German-born mathematician best known for his theories on relativity.
1934   Eugene Cernan, American astronaut; the last man on the moon.