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On This Day — March 19th

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March 19th is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 287 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:

1279 – A Mongol victory at the Battle of Yamen ends the Song dynasty in China.

1649 – The House of Commons of England passes an act abolishing the House of Lords, declaring it “useless and dangerous to the people of England.”

1918 – The U.S. Congress establishes time zones and approves daylight saving time.

1941 – World War II: The 99th Pursuit Squadron also known as the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-black unit of the US Army Air Corps, is activated.

1962 – Highly influential artist Bob Dylan releases his first album, Bob Dylan, for Columbia Records.

Celebrity Births:

Producer Harvey Weinstein turns 66

Actor Bruce Willis turns 63

Actress Glenn Close turns 71

Wrestler Evan Bourne turns 35

Actor Garrett Clayton turns 27

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