Today in History: March 19

Today in History: March 19

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1687

The French explorer La Salle is murdered by his own men while searching for the mouth of the Mississippi, along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

1702

On the death of William III of Orange, Anne Stuart, sister of Mary, succeeds to the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland.

1822

Boston is incorporated as a city.

1879

Jim Currie opens fire on the actors Maurice Barrymore and Ben Porter near Marshall, Texas. His shots wound Barrymore and kill Porter.

1903

The U.S. Senate ratifies the Cuban treaty, gaining naval bases in Guantanamo and Bahia Honda.

1916

The First Aero Squadron takes off from Columbus, NM to join Gen. John J. Pershing and his Punitive Expedition against Pancho Villa in Mexico.

1917

The Adamson Act, eight hour day for railroad workers, is ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

1918

Congress authorizes Daylight Savings Time.

1920

The U.S. Senate rejects the Versailles Treaty for the second time.

1924

U.S. troops are rushed to Tegucigalpa as rebel forces take the Honduran capital.

1931

The state of Nevada legalizes gambling.

1935

The British fire on 20,000 Muslims in India, killing 23.

1936

The Soviet Union signs a pact of assistance with Mongolia against Japan.

1944

The German 352nd Infantry Division deploys along the coast of France.

1945

Adolf Hitler orders a scorched-earth policy for his retreating German armies in the west and east.

1947

Chiang Kai-Shek's government forces take control of Yenan, the former headquarters of the Chinese Communist Party.

1949

The Soviet People's Council signs the constitution of the German Democratic Republic, and declares that the North Atlantic Treaty is merely a war weapon.

1963

In Costa Rica, President John F. Kennedy and six Latin American presidents pledge to fight Communism.

1981

One technician is killed and two others are injured during a routine test on space shuttle Columbia.