Today in History
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 17, 1973, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm, a freed prisoner of the Vietnam War, was joyously greeted by his family on the tarmac at Travis Air Force Base in California in a scene captured in a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Slava Veder of The Associated Press.
On this date:
In A.D. 461 (or A.D. 493, depending on sources), St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died in Saul.
In 1762, New York's first St. Patrick's Day parade took place.
In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt first likened crusading journalists to a man with "the muckrake in his hand" in a speech to the Gridiron Club in Washington.
In 1912, the Camp Fire Girls organization was incorporated in Washington, D.C., two years to the day after it was founded in Thetford, Vt. (The group is now known as Camp Fire USA.)
The former national chairwoman of the NAACP, Myrlie Evers-Williams, is 80. Rock musician Paul Kantner is 72. Singer-songwriter John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful) is 69. Former National Security Agency Director and former CIA Director Michael Hayden is 68. Actor Patrick Duffy is 64. Actor Kurt Russell is 62. Actress Lesley-Anne Down is 59. Actor Gary Sinise is 58. Former basketball and baseball player Danny Ainge is 54. Actor Rob Lowe is 49. Rock singer Billy Corgan is 46. Rock musician Van Conner (Screaming Trees) is 46. Soccer player Mia Hamm is 41.
Thought for Today
"History is not life. But since only life makes history, the union of the two is obvious." -- Louis D. Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1856-1941).
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