Sunday, March 31, 2013

March 30- Thought For The Day and a little history

It's Saturday March 30, how are your brackets holding up.

Here's our thought for the day

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all,
in which case, you fail by default.”
~ J.K. Rowling

And a little history courtesy of Wikipedia.
598 – Balkan Campaign: The Avars lift the siege at the Byzantine stronghold of Tomis. Their leader Bayan I retreats north of the Danube River after the Avaro-Slavic hordes are decimated by the plague.
1282 – The people of Sicily rebel against the Angevin king Charles I, in what becomes known as the Sicilian Vespers.
1296 – Edward I sacks Berwick-upon-Tweed, during armed conflict between Scotland and England.
1814 – Joachim Murat issues the Rimini Declaration which would later inspire Italian Unification.
1822 – The Florida Territory is created in the United States.
 1842 – Ether anesthesia is used for the first time, in an operation by the American surgeon Dr.Crawford Long.
1844 – One of the most important battles of the Dominican War of Independence from Haiti takes place near the city of Santiago de los Caballeros.
1855 – Origins of the American Civil WarBleeding Kansas – "Border Ruffians" from Missouriinvade Kansas and force election of a pro-slavery legislature.
1856 – The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Crimean War.
 1863 – Danish prince Wilhelm Georg is chosen as King George of Greece.
1867 – Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million, about 2 cent/acre ($4.19/km²), by United States Secretary of StateWilliam H. Seward.
1870 – Texas is readmitted to the Union following Reconstruction.
1909 – The Queensboro Bridge opens, linking Manhattan and Queens.
1944 – Allied bombing raid on Nuremberg. Along the English eastern coast 795 aircraft are despatched, including 572Lancasters, 214 Halifaxes and 9 Mosquitos. The bombers meet resistance at the coasts of Belgium and the Netherlands from German fighters. In total, 95 bombers are lost, making it the largest Bomber Command loss of World War II.
1945 – World War II: Soviet Union forces invade Austria and take ViennaPolish and Soviet forces liberate Gdańsk.
1949 – A riot breaks out in Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík, when Iceland joins NATO.
1954 – The Yonge Street subway line opens in Toronto. It is the first subway in Canada.
 1965 – Vietnam War: A car bomb explodes in front of the US Embassy, Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others.
1972 – Vietnam War: The Easter Offensive begins after North Vietnamese forces cross into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) ofSouth Vietnam.
1979 – Airey Neave, a British Member of Parliament, is killed by a car bomb as he exits the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claims responsibility.
1981 – President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr. Another 2 people were wounded at the same time.
1982 – Space Shuttle programSTS-3 Mission is completed with the landing of Columbia at White Sands Missile RangeNew Mexico.
 2006 – The United Kingdom Terrorism Act 2006 becomes a law.

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