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Today In History

March 29th

1812 The first wedding was performed in the White House. Lucy Payne Washington, sister-in-law of U.S. President James Madison, married Supreme Court Justice Thomas Dodd.
1971 U.S. Army Lt. William Calley was found guilty in the killing of 22 civilians in Vietnam, an event known as the "My Lai massacre."
1971 Cult leader Charles Manson and three followers were sentenced to death in the infamous Tate-Labianca slayings in Los Angeles. The death sentence was later ruled unconstitutional and the four were re-sentenced to life in prison.
1973 The last U.S. troops left South Vietnam and the last U.S. prisoners of war acknowledged by the North Vietnamese government were freed.
1979 The House Select Committee on Assassinations released its final report on the assassinations of U.S. President John Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy.
1991 Six-time Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti quit, paving the way for the country's 50th government since World War II.
1994 Bosnian Serbs stepped up their bombardment of Gorazde, 35 miles southeast of Sarajevo and one of the U.N.-designated "safe areas."
1996 The U.S. House of Representatives ethics committee said Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., violated House rules by having close dealings with a wealthy GOP donor with business interests affected by congressional action. It was the third time in two months the panel said Gingrich had broken the rules.
2003 Iraq introduced a new tactic in its war with the U.S.-led coalition when a suicide bomber blew up his taxi and killed four U.S. soldiers near Najaf.
2003 A Newsweek poll, published 10 days after the start of the Iraq war, showed 74 percent of Americans thought the Bush administration had a well thought-out military plan. Other polls showed otherwise, however, and there were anti-war demonstrations around the world.
2005 An independent panel investigating the U.N. Iraq Oil-for-Food Program cleared U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan of any wrongdoing but faulted his son and top aides.
2006 Duke University's men's lacrosse season was suspended pending a police investigation into allegations three team members raped a woman at a party.
2006 Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima Party narrowly won the national election, taking 28 seats, forcing it into a coalition situation.
2007 Sectarian violence flared in Iraq as 60 people were reported killed in a Baghdad Shiite neighborhood and more than 30 others died in coordinated attacks in the Shiite town of Khlais. Earlier, about 140 were reported dead in Tal Afar violence.
2008 A heavy turnout of Zimbabwean voters decided the future of President Robert Mugabe who has been in power since 1980. He faced his toughest challenge yet in opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai.
2008 Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr's Mehdi Army retained control of Basra in southern Iraq despite the massive assault by Iraqi troops.


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