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On This Day — March 12th

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March 12th is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 294 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Thursday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Tuesday or Wednesday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Friday or Sunday (56).

Historical Events:

1881 – Andrew Watson makes his Scotland debut as the world’s first black international football player and captain.

1894 – Coca-Cola is bottled and sold for the first time in Vicksburg, Mississippi, by local soda fountain operator Joseph A. Biedenharn.

1930 – Mahatma Gandhi begins the Salt March, a 200-mile march to the sea to protest the British monopoly on salt in India.

1933 – Franklin D. Roosevelt addresses the nation for the first time as President of the United States. This is also the first of his “fireside chats”.

2009 – Financier Bernard Madoff pleads guilty in New York to scamming $18 billion, the largest in Wall Street’s history.

Celebrity Births:

Actress Liza Minnelli turns 72

Singer-Songwriter James Taylor turns 70

Thor Actress Jaimie Alexander turns 34

Former US Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney turns 71

Musician Danny Jones turns 32

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