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▲ On March 20, 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” is published. The book was so widely read that when President Abraham Lincoln met Stowe, he reportedly said, “So this is the little lady who made this big war.” ▲ On March 22, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Beer and Wine Revenue Act. The law levied a federal tax on all alcoholic beverages to raise revenue for the federal government and gave individual states the option to impose further regulations. ▲ On March 18, 1942, the War Relocation Authority is created to “take all people of Japanese descent into custody.” Earl Warren (who would go on to become chief justice of the Supreme Court) claimed that a lack of evidence of sabotage among the Japanese population proved nothing, as they were merely biding their time. ▲ On March 21, 1963, Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay closes down and transfers its last prisoners. At

its peak use in 1950s, “The Rock,” or “America’s commoners and the nobility alike. Devil Island,” housed more than 200 inmates at the maximum-security facility. ▲ On March 27, 1912, in Washington, D.C., Helen Taft, wife of President William Taft, and the ▲ On March 23, 1983, Barney Clark dies, 112 Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, days after becoming the world’s first recipient of a plant two Yoshina cherry trees on the northern bank of permanent artificial heart. The 61-year-old dentist spent the Potomac River. The event was held in celebration the last four months of his life at the University of Utah of a gift by the Japanese government of 3,020 cherry Medical Center attached to a 350-pound console that trees to the United States. pumped air in and out of the aluminum-and-plastic implant through a system of hoses. ▲ On March 29, 1971, Lt. William L. Calley is found guilty of premeditated murder at My Lai by a ▲ On March 30, 1775, hoping to keep the New U.S. Army court-martial. Calley, an infantry platoon England colonies dependent on the British, King leader, had led his men in a massacre of hundreds of George III endorses the New England Restraining Vietnamese civilians, including women and children, Act. The Act required New England colonies to trade in 1968. exclusively with Great Britain. An additional rule would come into effect banning colonists from fishing ▲ On March 25, 1983, during filming of the television in the North Atlantic. special “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever,” Diana Ross, formerly of the Supremes, shoved singer Mary ▲ On March 28, 1814, the funeral of Guillotin, Wilson out of the spotlight. It later had to be edited out. namesake of the infamous execution device, takes place Smokey Robinson stepped in onstage to keep between outside of Paris. When first used, the crowds seemed to the two warring Supremes. miss the gallows, but the guillotine quickly caught on. The device symbolized equality, as it was used on both (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

• Superstitious people point out that the mission was, after all, Apollo 13, that the mission in Ham Lake blasted off at 13:13 military time, and that the accident happened on April 13, 1970. APOLLO 13 The most famous line that came out of the near-disastrous Apollo 13 mission is, "Houston, we have a problem." However, the actual quote was, "Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here," which was uttered by Pilot Jack Swigert to Ground Control. Commander James Lovell then "Houston, we've Fully Equipped Electric Kitchen w/self Cleaning echoed: had a problem." None Oven • Washer & Dryer • Cable TV and Computer of the three men aboard Hook-ups • Individually Controlled Central the Apollo 13 ever went into space again. Heating & Air • Community Gathering A CORRECTION On January 13, 1920, Room with a Golf Course Patio On Majesti c Oak the New York Times Exercise Room & Library Golf Course s ridiculed Professor Robert Goddard, who pioneered rocket science, because they felt a rocket could never fly in the vacuum of outer space. "He seems only to lack the knowledge ASTRONAUTS ladled out daily in high schools," said the article. Nearly (continued) 50 years later, as Apollo 11 zoomed towards the moon, the paper printed a retraction: "It is now definitely The TV show Th h that th t was iinterrupted t t d bby a news bbulletin ll ti established that a rocket can function in a vacuum. The about the gripping situation of the Gemini 8 was called Times regrets the error." ASTRONAUT FACTS Batman. Neil Armstrong and David Scott survived • The most expensive colds in history occurred on the event, while Batman and Robin outwitted the Feb. 27, 1969, on the night before a flight to orbit earth. Catwoman. All three of the Apollo 9 crew came down with colds, ANOTHER BAD DAY IN SPACE and NASA postponed the launch at a cost of $500,000. • The ill-fated Apollo 13 mission was supposed to This was the fi rst time that illness, rather than weather or be the third landing of a man on the moon. Instead, it technicalities, caused a delay. The three men recovered turned into a hair-raising ordeal when an oxygen tank in in a week and the launch went up. the service module exploded due to faulty wiring only • Neil Armstrong reportedly listened to Muzak on the 56 hours after launch. The lunar landing was cancelled way to the moon. as the astronauts swung around the moon and headed • Astronauts on their way to the moon 238,857 miles back to earth. Their damaged command module was (384,403 km) away travelled at a peak of 24,679 mph abandoned and all three astronauts crowded into the (39,717 km/hr). The distance can be traversed in 60 to lunar module Aquarius as a lifeboat for the four-day 70 hours. If you were to drive to the moon in your car return trip home. at 70 mph (112 km/hr) it would take you 135 days to • The lunar module was intended for use on the moon get there. Today an astronaut can reach the moon in less and was outfitted to support two people for two days, time than it took a stagecoach to travel the length of and now it had to support three people for four days. Great Britain. Much jury-rigging was done in order to accomplish the ASTRONAUT FACTS safe return to earth, as much of the world watched the • News commentator Walter Cronkite was generally ordeal unfold on TV. never at a loss for words. The one time in his career when • The crew was extremely lucky that the emergency he could think up not a single comment was during the occurred when they were still on the first leg of their first moon landing when he was overwhelmed. "I just journey to the moon and still had enough supplies, went blank," Cronkite explained. equipment, and power to get them home again. If it had • Astronaut Alfred Worden of the Apollo 15 mission happened on their return journey, especially after the stayed on board the command module while David lunar module had already been left behind, it is likely Scott and James Irwin explored the surface of the moon in 1971. As he orbited the moon, he was 2,234 that they would have died. • Against all odds, the astronauts returned home in miles (3,595 km) away from his fellow astronauts, and good condition except for exhaustion and dehydration, nearly a quarter million miles (384,403 km) away from and one of them had a urinary tract infection from the Earth. This guaranteed him a spot in the Book of World Records for being the most isolated human being in lack of water.

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