Today is Sunday, March 1, the 60th day of 2009. There are 305 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 1, 1932, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, N.J.
On this date:
In 1781, the Continental Congress declared the Articles of Confederation to be in force, following ratification by Maryland.
In 1790, President George Washington signed a measure authorizing the first U.S. Census.
In 1809, the Illinois Territory came into existence.
In 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state.
In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed an act creating Yellowstone National Park.
In 1954, Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five congressmen.
In 1959, Archbishop Makarios III returned to Cyprus following an agreement on Cypriot independence from Britain. (Makarios went on to be elected the first president of the Republic of Cyprus.)
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps.
In 1981, Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands began a hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland; he died 65 days later.
In 2003, suspected 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was captured by Pakistani and CIA agents.
Ten years ago: The General Accounting Office released an audit of the Internal Revenue Service, which found chronic problems in the agency’s record-keeping. An attack by Rwandan Hutu rebels in a Ugandan national park left eight foreign tourists, including two Americans and a park guard, dead.
Five years ago: Rebels rolled into Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, where they were met by thousands of residents cheering the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide the day before, on Leap Day.
One year ago: President George W. Bush, speaking at his Texas ranch, declined to promise more U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq before leaving, underscoring the need for a strong military presence during Iraqi provincial elections. The USS New York, an amphibious assault ship built with scrap steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center, was christened at Avondale, La.
Thought for Today:
“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” – Rudyard Kipling, English author (1865-1936).