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|1657||France and England form an alliance against Spain.|
|1743||Handel's Messiah is performed for the first time in London.|
|1775||American revolutionary hero Patrick Henry, while addressing the House of Burgesses, declares "give me liberty, or give me death!"|
|1791||Etta Palm, a Dutch champion of woman's rights, sets up a group of women's clubs called the Confederation of the Friends of Truth.|
|1848||Hungary proclaims its independence of Austria.|
|1857||Elisha Otis installs the first modern passenger elevator in a public building, at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway in New York City.|
|1858||Eleazer A. Gardner of Philadelphia patents the cable street car, which runs on overhead cables.|
|1862||Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson faces his only defeat at the Battle of Kernstown, Va|
|1880||John Stevens of Neenah, Wis., patents the grain crushing mill. This mill allows flour production to increase by 70 percent.|
|1901||A group of U.S. Army soldier led by Brig. Gen. Frederick Funston capture Emilio Aguinaldo, the leader of the Philippine Insurrection of 1899.|
|1903||The Wright brothers obtain an airplane patent.|
|1909||British Lt. Ernest Shackleton finds the magnetic South Pole.|
|1909||Theodore Roosevelt begins an African safari sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society.|
|1917||Austrian Emperor Charles I makes a peace proposal to French President Poincare.|
|1920||Great Britain denounces the United States because of its delay in joining the League of Nations.|
|1921||Arthur G. Hamilton sets a new parachute record, safely jumping 24,400 feet.|
|1927||Captain Hawthorne Gray sets a new balloon record soaring to 28,510 feet.|
|1933||The Reichstag gives Adolf Hitler the power to rule by decree.|
|1942||The Japanese occupy the Anadaman Islands in the Indian Ocean.|
|1951||U.S. paratroopers descend from flying boxcars in a surprise attack in Korea.|
|1956||Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic, although it is still within the British Commonwealth.|
|1967||Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. calls the Vietnam War the biggest obstacle to the civil rights movement.|
|1970||Mafia boss Carlo Gambino is arrested for plotting to steal $3 million.|
|1972||The United States calls a halt to the peace talks on Vietnam being held in Paris.|
|1981||U.S. Supreme Court upholds a law making statutory rape a crime for men but not women.|
Elizabeth Warren: So I understand that we’re all trying to get to the end of “too big to fail.” But my question, Mr. Chairman, is until we do, should those biggest financial institutions be repaying the American taxpayer that $83 billion subsidy that they are getting?…It is working like an insurance policy. Ordinary folks pay for homeowners insurance. Ordinary folks pay for car insurance. And these big financial institutions are getting cheaper borrowing to the tune of $83 billion in a single year simply because people believe that the government would step in and bail them out. And I’m just saying, if they are getting it, why shouldn’t they pay for it?And Bernanke continues to talk about the problems of too-big-to-fail banks, see video below.
Chairman Bernanke: I think we should get rid of it.
The Competition Authority in Brazil (CADE) convicted om March 20th the country's six major collecting societies and their central office (ECAD) - responsible for the collection of music royalties for public performance in Brazil - of formation of cartel and abuse of dominant position in fixing prices. According CADE, the Ecad and its associations not only organized to abusively fix prices, but also created barriers of entry for new associations to join the entity.
All entities will have to pay a fine of R$38 million (approximately US$ 20 million) and will have to reorganize the whole collection system, both by offering arrangements beyond the "blanket license" model, the only license ECAD and their associations made available for the performance of music, and by allowing each association to compete for different prices.
The rapporteur of the Case, Elvino Mendonça, said after the conviction: "The behavior of cartel is visible. The current collection system prevents all forms of competition. ECAD and its associations abused their market power and fixed prices. The evidence is abundant."
Perhaps most striking of all the ancient ruins in Myra are the rock-cut tombs of the ancient Lycian necropolis. Two burial sites, the river necropolis and ocean necropolis, with frontages resembling classical temples, are hewn from the cliffs towering above the town.You can imagine the years of work that went into carving these tombs out of the cliff faces. See plenty of pictures of them at Urban Ghosts.
According to the spacecraft’s orientation system they landed deep in the Siberian forest almost 1,250 miles from their target. The crew needed to assess their situation to figure out how long it might take recovery crews to find them. The full seriousness of the situation hit them when they wrestled the hatch opened to find themselves nearly chin deep in snow.Rescue crews found them relatively quickly, but getting to the cosmonauts and getting them out was a time-consuming task, made more difficult by the space suits they were wearing.
Snowbanks six and a half feet tall surrounded them as did thick birch trees. The sun was hidden behind the clouds. It started to snow, forcing the men back into their spacecraft.
Neither man was too concerned. Belyayev’s childhood dream had been to become a hunter while Leonov had sought the beautiful isolation of the forest as an artistic outlet. It was the wildlife that worried them. The forest, they knew, was home to bears and wolves, unusually aggressive in the spring mating season. Between themselves the cosmonauts had one pistol but ample ammunition.
“I think we are looking for a horse,” said Detective Constable Rick Milburn from Falmouth Police Station.Now, what would a horse want power tools for? More
“Anyone with any knowledge of anyone who has recently acquired a horse or is trying to establish a living space for a horse, we are asking them to contact us with any information.”
"4.8m croc caught at Palumpa yesterday," he wrote.
Senior Parks And Wildlife Ranger Tommy Nichols says police and council officers trapped and shot the croc in a billabong on the outskirts of Palumpa, about 240km south-west of Darwin.
"We had a report the other day that there was a large crocodile there that was menacing the kids," the ABC reported Mr Nichols as saying.
The croc catchers needed a backhoe to load the beast into the back of a ute.
... [Caron] “stumbled on drawers full of these worms” at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. “I said, ‘Oh my gosh.’ I noticed a lot of these worms in bizarre-shaped rings, like mini Michelin tires in the rock,” said Caron, a co-author of the study.Get loads more info over at this piece by Christine Dell'Amore over at National Geographic's Weird & Wild blog.
After Caron and colleagues looked more closely at the fossils, they realized the newfound worm “really connects a lot of dots” in the evolution of hemichordates.