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3/12/2023 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - March 12
Juliette Gordon Low
Juliette Gordon Low

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Today in History in 1455 First record of Johann Gutenberg's Bible; in 1912 the Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) were formed in Savannah, Georgia by Juliette Gordon Low; and in 1933 FDR conducted his first "fireside chat" on the radio.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 538 - Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths, ends his siege of Rome and retreats to Ravenna, leaving the city in the hands of the victorious Roman general, Belisarius.
  • 1455 - First record of Johann Gutenberg's Bible, letter dated this day by Enea Silvio Piccolomini refers to the bible printed a year before
  • 1622 - Ignatius of Loyola declared a saint
  • 1737 - Galileo's body moved to Church of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy
  • 1860 - Congress accepts Pre-emption Bill: free land in West for colonists
  • 1912 - Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) forms in Savannah, by Juliette Gordon Low
  • 1933 - FDR conducts his 1st "fireside chat"
  • 1947 - Pres Harry Truman introduces Truman-doctrine to fight communism
  • 1994 - Church of England ordains 1st 33 women priests
  • 2003 - Elizabeth Smart, was found after having been missing for 9 months.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1921 - Gordon MacRae, East Orange NJ, singer/actor (Oklahoma, Carousel)
  • 1928 - Edward Albee, Washington, DC, playwright (Virgina Woolfe, Zoo Story)
  • 1946 - Liza Minnelli, Hollywood CA, singer/actress (Sterile Cuckoo, Cabaret)
  • 1947 - Mitt Romney, 70th Governor of Massachusetts
  • 1962 - Darryl Strawberry, baseball right fielder (Mets, Dodgers, Yankees), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Weddings

  • 1969 - Paul McCartney marries Linda Louise Eastman in London
  • 1970 - Actor Phil Hartman (21) weds first wife Gretchen Lewis
  • 1992 - Actress Annette Bening (33) weds actor Warren Beatty (54)

Famous Deaths

  • 1914 - George Westinghouse, US engineer (Westinghouse Electric), dies at 67
  • 1945 - Anne Frank, diarist (Diary of Anne Frank), killed in Belsen Camp aged 15
  • 2001 - Morton Downey, Jr., American television talk show host (b. 1933)
  • 2003 - Lynne Thigpen, American actress (b. 1948)

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