Today in History: March 7

Today in History: March 7

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0161

On the death of Antoninus at Lorium, Marcus Aurelius becomes emperor.

0322

The Greek philosopher Aristotle dies.

1774

The British close the port of Boston to all commerce.

1799

In Palestine, Napoleon captures Jaffa and his men massacre more than 2,000 Albanian prisoners.

1809

Aeronaut Jean Pierre Blanchard -- the first person to make an aerial voyage in the New World -- dies at the age of 56.

1838

Soprano Jenny Lind ("the Swedish Nightingale") makes her debut in Weber's opera Der Freischultz.

1847

U.S. General Winfield Scott occupies Vera Cruz, Mexico.

1849

The Austrian Reichstag is dissolved.

1862

Confederate forces surprise the Union army at the Battle of Pea Ridge, in Arkansas, but the Union is victorious.

1876

Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for the telephone.

1904

The Japanese bomb the Russian town of Vladivostok.

1906

Finland becomes the third country to give women the right to vote, decreeing universal suffrage for all citizens over 24, however, barring those persons who are supported by the state.

1912

French aviator, Heri Seimet flies non-stop from London to Paris in three hours.

1918

Finland signs an alliance treaty with Germany.

1925

The Soviet Red Army occupies Outer Mongolia.

1927

A Texas law that bans Negroes from voting is ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

1933

The film King Kong premieres in New York City.

1933

The board game Monopoly is invented.

1935

Malcolm Campbell sets an auto speed record of 276.8 mph in Florida.

1936

Hitler sends German troops into the Rhineland, violating the Locarno Pact.

1942

Japanese troops land on New Guinea.

1951

U.N. forces in Korea under General Matthew Ridgeway launch Operation Ripper, an offensive to straighten out the U.N. front lines against the Chinese.

1968

The Battle of Saigon, begun on the day of the Tet Offensive, ends.

1971

A thousand U.S. planes bomb Cambodia and Laos.

1979

Voyager 1 reaches Jupiter.