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Today is Thursday, March 22, the 82nd day of 2012. There are 284 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:
On March 22, 1765, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act of 1765 to raise money from the American colonies, which fiercely resisted the tax. (The Stamp Act was repealed a year later.)

On March 22, 1993, Cleveland Indians star relief pitcher Steve Olin was killed when a boat containing him and teammates Tim Crews and Bob Ojeda crashed at night into a wooden pier on central Florida's Little Lake Nellie. Crews died the following day at an Orlando hospital; Ojeda was seriously injured but survived.

On this date:
In 238, Gordian I and his son Gordian II are proclaimed Roman Emperors.
In 1312, Pope Clement V issued a papal bull ordering the dissolution of the Order of the Knights Templar.
In 1621, The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony sign a peace treaty with Massasoit of the Wampanoags.
In 1622, Jamestown massacre: Algonquian Indians kill 347 English settlers around Jamestown, Virginia, a third of the colony's population.
In 1630, The Massachusetts Bay Colony outlaws the possession of cards, dice, and gaming tables.
In 1638, Religious dissident Anne Hutchinson was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for defying Puritan orthodoxy.
In 1739, Nadir Shah occupies Delhi in India and sacks the city, stealing the jewels of the Peacock Throne.
In 1784, The Emerald Buddha is moved with great ceremony to its current location in Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand.
In 1820, U.S. naval hero Stephen Decatur was killed in a duel with Commodore James Barron near Washington, D.C.
In 1829, The three protecting powers (United Kingdom, France and Russia) establish the borders of Greece.
In 1849, The Austrians defeat the Piedmontese at the Battle of Novara.
In 1871, In North Carolina, William Woods Holden becomes the first governor of a U.S. state to be removed from office by impeachment.
In 1873, A law is approved by the Spanish National Assembly in Puerto Rico to abolish slavery.
In 1882, President Chester Arthur signed into law a bill outlawing polygamy.
In 1888, In England, The Football League, the world's oldest professional Association Football league, is founded.
In 1894, Hockey's first Stanley Cup championship game was played; home team Montreal defeated Ottawa, 3-1.
In 1906, First Anglo-French rugby union match at Parc des Princes in Paris
In 1912, Academy Award-winning actor Karl Malden was born Mladen George Sekulovich in Chicago.
In 1916, The last Emperor of China, Yuan Shikai, abdicates the throne and the Republic of China is restored.
In 1920, Azeri and Turkish army soldiers with participation of Kurdish gangs attacked the Armenian inhabitants of Shushi (Nagorno Karabakh).
In 1923, The first radio broadcast of ice hockey is made by Foster Hewitt.
In 1933, during Prohibition, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure to make wine and beer containing up to 3.2 percent alcohol legal.
In 1939, World War II: Germany takes Memel from Lithuania.
In 1941, the Grand Coulee hydroelectric dam in Washington state went into operation.
In 1942, World War II: In the Mediterranean Sea, the Royal Navy confronts Italy's Regia Marina in the Second Battle of Sirte.
In 1943, World War II: the entire population of Khatyn in Belarus is burnt alive by German occupation forces.
In 1945, The Arab League is founded when a charter is adopted in Cairo, Egypt.
In 1954, Closed since 1939, the London bullion market reopens.
In 1958, movie producer Mike Todd, the husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor, and three other people were killed in the crash of Todd's private plane near Grants, N.M.
In 1960, Arthur Leonard Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes receive the first patent for a laser
In 1962, the musical "I Can Get It for You Wholesale," featuring the Broadway debut of 19-year-old Barbra Streisand, opened at the Shubert Theater.
In 1972, The United States Congress sends the Equal Rights Amendment to the states for ratification.
In 1972, Eisenstadt v. Baird decision by the United States Supreme Court allows unmarried persons the right to contraceptives
In 1975, A fire at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant in Decatur, Alabama causes a dangerous reduction in cooling water levels.
In 1978, Karl Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In 1982, NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center on its third mission, STS-3.
In 1984, Teachers at the McMartin preschool in Manhattan Beach, Calif., are charged with satanic ritual abuse of the children in the school. The charges are later dropped as completely unfounded.
In 1989, Clint Malarchuk of the Buffalo Sabres suffers a near-fatal injury when another player accidentally slits his throat.
In 1992, USAir Flight 405 crashes shortly after liftoff from New York City's LaGuardia Airport, leading to a number of studies into the effect that ice has on aircraft.
In 1993, The Intel Corporation ships the first Pentium chips (80586), featuring a 60 MHz clock speed, 100+ MIPS, and a 64 bit data path.
In 1995, Cosmonaut Valeriy Polyakov returns to earth after setting a record of 438 days in space.
In 1997, Tara Lipinski, age 14 years and 10 months, becomes the youngest champion women's World Figure Skating Champion.
In 1997, The Comet Hale-Bopp has its closest approach to Earth.
In 1998, 11 young campers died in a mountain-cabin fire in Centre County, Pa.
In 2004, Ahmed Yassin, co-founder and leader of the Palestinian Sunni Islamist group Hamas, two bodyguards, and nine civilian bystanders are killed in the Gaza Strip when hit by Israeli Air Force AH-64 Apache fired Hellfire missiles.
In 2006, ETA, the armed Basque separatist group, declares a permanent ceasefire.
In 2006, Three Christian Peacemaker Team hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days of captivity and the death of their colleague, American Tom Fox.
In 2009, Mount Redoubt, a volcano in Alaska begins erupting after a prolonged period of unrest.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush joined a U.N. poverty summit in Monterrey, Mexico, where he urged world leaders to demand political reform from poor countries in exchange for increased aid and warned that unchecked poverty can foster terrorism. The Postal Rate Commission announced approval of higher postal rates, including a three-cent boost for first-class letters, to 37 cents.

Five years ago: John and Elizabeth Edwards announced that her cancer had returned, but that the North Carolina Democrat planned to continue his presidential campaign. A rocket exploded 50 yards from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a news conference in Baghdad's Green Zone just minutes after Iraq's prime minister said the visit showed the city was "on the road to stability." Brian Joubert became the first Frenchman in 42 years to win the world title by taking the men's event at the World Figure Skating Championships in Tokyo.

One year ago: Yemen's US-backed president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, his support crumbling among political allies and the army, warned that the country could slide into civil war as the opposition rejected his offer to step down by the end of the year. NFL owners meeting in New Orleans voted to make all scoring plays reviewable by the replay official and referee; also, kickoffs would be moved up 5 yards to the 35-yard line.

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Today's Birthdays: USA Today founder Allen H. Neuharth is 88. Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim is 82. Evangelist broadcaster Pat Robertson is 82. Actor William Shatner is 81. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is 78. Actor M. Emmet Walsh is 77. Actor-singer Jeremy Clyde is 71. Singer-guitarist George Benson is 69. Writer James Patterson is 65. CNN newscaster Wolf Blitzer is 64. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 64. Actress Fanny Ardant is 63. Sportscaster Bob Costas is 60. Country singer James House is 57. Actress Lena Olin is 57. Singer-actress Stephanie Mills is 55. Actor Matthew Modine is 53. Country musician Tim Beeler (Flynnville Train) is 44. Actress Anne Dudek is 37. Actor Cole Hauser is 37. Actress Kellie Williams is 36. Actress Reese Witherspoon is 36. Rock musician John Otto (Limp Bizkit) is 35. Rapper Mims is 31. Rock musician Lincoln Parish (Cage the Elephant) is 22.

Other notable deaths, March 22:
1933, May Britt, Swedish actress
1936, Roger Whittaker, British singer
1937, Angelo Badalamenti, American composer
1937, Armin Hary, German athlete
1937, Frank Pulli, American Major League Umpire
1942, Dick Pound, Canadian amateur sports executive
1946, Don Chaney, American basketball player and head coach
1955, Pete Sessions, American politician
1958, Laurie David, American political activist
1959, Carlton Cuse, Mexican-born American TV writer and executive
1966, Brian Shaw, American basketball player
1971, Will Yun Lee, American actor
1972, Shawn Bradley, American basketball player
1972, Elvis Stojko, Canadian figure skater
1973, Joe Nedney, American football player
1974, Marcus Camby, American basketball player
1976, Kathryn Jean Lopez, American pundit
1977, Joey Porter, American football player
1979, Juan Uribe, Dominican baseball player
1980, Shannon Bex, American singer (Danity Kane)
1985, Mike Jenkins, American football player
1985, Justin Masterson, American baseball player
1987, Ike Davis, American baseball player

Born on this day, March 22, passed away:
1887, Chico Marx, American comedian and actor (d. 1961)
1908, Louis L'Amour, American author (d. 1988)
1912, Karl Malden, American actor (d. 2009)
1913, Lew Wasserman, American film studio executive (d. 2002)
1920, James Brown, American actor (d. 1992)
1920, Werner Klemperer, German-born actor (d. 2000)
1920, Ross Martin, Polish-American actor (d. 1981)
1923, Marcel Marceau, French mime artist (d. 2007)
1928, Ed Macauley, American basketball player (d. 2011)
1940, Haing S. Ngor, Cambodian/American actor (d. 1996)
1943, Keith Relf, English musician (The Yardbirds) (d. 1976)
1948, Randy Jo Hobbs, American musician (The McCoys) (d. 1993)
1972, Cory Lidle, American baseball player (d. 2006)

Notable deaths, March 22:
1820, Stephen Decatur, American naval officer (b. 1779)
1832, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer (b. 1749)
1958, Mike Todd, American film producer (b. 1909)
1974, Peter Revson, American racecar driver (b. 1939)
1978, Karl Wallenda, German acrobat (b. 1905)
1981, James "Jumbo" Elliott, American track coach (b. 1915)
1986, Mark Dinning, American singer (b. 1933)
1991, Dave Guard, American folk singer (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1934)
1991, Gloria Holden, American film actress (b. 1908)
1993, Steve Olin, American baseball player (b. 1965)
1994, Dan Hartman, American musician, songwriter, and record producer (b. 1950)
1994, Walter Lantz, American cartoonist (b. 1900)
1996, Don Murray, American musician (The Turtles) (b. 1945)
1996, Billy Williamson, American musician with Bill Haley & His Comets (b. 1925)
1999, David Strickland, American actor (b. 1969)
2001, William Hanna, American animator and studio founder (b. 1910)

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Today is Friday, March 22, the 81st day of 2013. There are 284 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On March 22, 1963, The Beatles' debut album, "Please Please Me," was released in the United Kingdom by Parlophone.

One year ago: Coroner's officials ruled singer Whitney Houston died by drowning the previous February, but that heart disease and cocaine use were contributing factors. In a dramatic end to a 32-hour standoff, a masked French SWAT team slipped into the Toulouse apartment of an Islamic extremist suspected of seven killings, sparking a firefight that ended with the suspect jumping out the window and being fatally shot in the head.

Today's Birthdays: USA Today founder Allen H. Neuharth is 89. Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim is 83. Evangelist broadcaster Pat Robertson is 83. Actor William Shatner is 82. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is 79. Actor M. Emmet Walsh is 78. Actor-singer Jeremy Clyde is 72. Singer-guitarist George Benson is 70. Writer James Patterson is 66. CNN newscaster Wolf Blitzer is 65. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 65. Actress Fanny Ardant is 64. Sportscaster Bob Costas is 61. Country singer James House is 58. Actress Lena Olin is 58. Singer-actress Stephanie Mills is 56. Actor Matthew Modine is 54. Country musician Tim Beeler is 45. Actress Anne Dudek is 38. Actor Cole Hauser is 38. Actress Kellie Williams is 37. Actress Reese Witherspoon is 37. Rock musician John Otto (Limp Bizkit) is 36. Rapper Mims is 32. Rock musician Lincoln Parish (Cage the Elephant) is 23.

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Today is Saturday, March 22, the 81st day of 2014. There are 284 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On March 22, 1934, the first Masters Tournament opened under the title "Augusta National Invitation Tournament," which was won three days later by Horton Smith.

Ten years ago: Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin (shayk AKH'-mehd yah-SEEN') was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, enraging Palestinians. Terry Nichols went on trial for his life in the Oklahoma City bombing. (Nichols, already serving a life sentence for his conviction on federal charges, was found guilty of 161 state murder charges, but was again spared the death penalty when the jury couldn't agree on his sentence.)

Five years ago: A single-engine turboprop plane headed to a Montana ski resort nose-dived into a cemetery short of a runway in Butte, killing all 14 aboard, including seven children. The Mount Redoubt volcano in Alaska began erupting (it took about six months to settle down). British reality TV star Jade Goody died in Essex at age 27 after battling cervical cancer. Friends and family gathered in a small Hudson Valley, N.Y., town to say a final farewell to Tony Award-winning actress Natasha Richardson, 45, who had died in a skiing accident.

One year ago: Anxious to keep Syria's civil war from spiraling into even worse problems, President Barack Obama said during a visit to Jordan that he worried about the country becoming a haven for extremists when — not if — President Bashar Assad was ousted from power. The Internal Revenue Service said it was a mistake for employees to have made a $60,000 training video spoofing "Star Trek" and "Gilligan's Island."

Today's Birthdays: Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim is 84. Evangelist broadcaster Pat Robertson is 84. Actor William Shatner is 83. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is 80. Actor M. Emmet Walsh is 79. Actor-singer Jeremy Clyde is 73. Singer-guitarist George Benson is 71. Writer James Patterson is 67. CNN newscaster Wolf Blitzer is 66. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 66. Actress Fanny Ardant is 65. Sportscaster Bob Costas is 62. Country singer James House is 59. Actress Lena Olin is 59. Singer-actress Stephanie Mills is 57. Actor Matthew Modine is 55. Country musician Tim Beeler is 46. Olympic two-time silver medal figure skater Elvis Stokjo is 42. Actress Anne Dudek is 39. Actor Cole Hauser is 39. Actress Kellie Williams is 38. Actress Reese Witherspoon is 38. Rock musician John Otto (Limp Bizkit) is 37. Rapper Mims is 33. Actor James Wolk is 29. Rock musician Lincoln Parish (Cage the Elephant) is 24.

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Today is Sunday, March 22, the 81st day of 2015. There are 284 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On March 22, 1765, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies, which fiercely resisted the tax. (The Stamp Act was repealed a year later.)

Ten years ago: Terri Schiavo's parents begged a federal appeals court to order the severely brain-damaged woman's feeding tube reinserted after their emergency request was turned down by a federal judge in Tampa, Fla. (The court refused to intervene.) A woman claimed to have found a severed human fingertip while eating Wendy's chili at a restaurant in San Jose, Calif., costing the fast-food chain millions in lost sales before she admitted it was a hoax (the digit came from her husband's co-worker, who'd been in a workplace accident). Anna Ayala and her husband, Jaime Plascencia, later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to file a false insurance claim and attempted grand theft and were sentenced to prison.

Five years ago: Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton toured the quake-devastated capital of Haiti, a visit intended to remind donors of the immense needs facing the recovery effort. Google Inc. stopped censoring the Internet for China by shifting its search engine off the mainland to Hong Kong.

One year ago: A massive mudslide in Oso, Washington, killed 43 people and destroyed or damaged four dozen homes. A barge and cargo ship collision in the Houston Ship Channel dumped nearly 170,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil. Pope Francis named the first members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy. The Los Angeles Dodgers opened the Major League Baseball season with a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Sydney Cricket Ground in the MLB's first regular-season game in Australia.

Today's Birthdays: Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim is 85. Evangelist broadcaster Pat Robertson is 85. Actor William Shatner is 84. Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is 81. Actor M. Emmet Walsh is 80. Actor-singer Jeremy Clyde is 74. Singer-guitarist George Benson is 72. Writer James Patterson is 68. CNN newscaster Wolf Blitzer is 67. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 67. Actress Fanny Ardant is 66. Sportscaster Bob Costas is 63. Country singer James House is 60. Actress Lena Olin is 60. Singer-actress Stephanie Mills is 58. Actor Matthew Modine is 56. Country musician Tim Beeler is 47. Olympic silver medal figure skater Elvis Stokjo is 43. Actor Guillermo Diaz is 40. Actress Anne Dudek is 40. Actor Cole Hauser is 40. Actress Kellie Williams is 39. Actress Reese Witherspoon is 39. Rock musician John Otto (Limp Bizkit) is 38. Rapper Mims is 34. Actor James Wolk is 30. Rock musician Lincoln Parish (Cage the Elephant) is 25.

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Today is Tuesday, March 22, the 82nd day of 2016. There are 284 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On March 22, 1941, the Grand Coulee hydroelectric dam in Washington state officially went into operation.

Ten years ago: More than 125,000 hourly workers of General Motors Corp. and auto supplier Delphi Corp. were offered buyouts to help cut the companies' huge labor costs. The Basque separatist group ETA announced a permanent cease-fire with Spain. A Gabon-bound ferry sank off the coast of Cameroon; more than 120 people are believed to have died. A bus carrying cruise ship tourists plunged off a highway in northern Chile and tumbled down a mountainside, killing 12 Americans.

Five years ago: Yemen's [sign in to see URL] president, Ali Abdullah Saleh (AH'-lee ahb-DUH'-luh sah-LEH'), his support crumbling among political allies and the army, warned that the country could slide into civil war as the opposition rejected his offer to step down by the end of the year. NFL owners meeting in New Orleans voted to make all scoring plays reviewable by the replay official and referee; also, kickoffs would be moved up 5 yards to the 35-yard line.

One year ago: CIA Director John Brennan, in an interview on Fox News Sunday, said the leader of Iran's elite Quds Force was contributing to instability in Iraq and complicating the U.S. mission against terrorism. The U.N. special envoy for Yemen, Jamal Benomar, warned an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council in a video briefing from Qatar that events were pushing the Arab country "to the edge of civil war."

Today's Birthdays: Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim is 86. Evangelist broadcaster Pat Robertson is 86. Actor William Shatner is 85. Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is 82. Actor M. Emmet Walsh is 81. Actor-singer Jeremy Clyde is 75. Singer-guitarist George Benson is 73. Writer James Patterson is 69. CNN newscaster Wolf Blitzer is 68. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 68. Actress Fanny Ardant is 67. Sportscaster Bob Costas is 64. Country singer James House is 61. Actress Lena Olin is 61. Singer-actress Stephanie Mills is 59. Actor Matthew Modine is 57. Country musician Tim Beeler is 48. Actor-comedian Keegan-Michael Key is 45. Olympic silver medal figure skater Elvis Stokjo is 44. Actor Guillermo Diaz is 41. Actress Anne Dudek is 41. Actor Cole Hauser is 41. Actress Kellie Williams is 40. Actress Reese Witherspoon is 40. Rock musician John Otto (Limp Bizkit) is 39. Rapper Mims is 35. Actress Constance Wu (TV: "Fresh Off the Boat") is 34. Actor James Wolk is 31. Rock musician Lincoln Parish (Cage the Elephant) is 26.

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Today is Wednesday, March 22, the 81st day of 2017. There are 284 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On March 22, 1765, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies, which fiercely resisted the tax. (The Stamp Act was repealed a year later.)

Ten years ago: John and Elizabeth Edwards announced that her cancer had returned, but that the North Carolina Democrat planned to continue his presidential campaign. A rocket exploded 50 yards from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a news conference in Baghdad's Green Zone just minutes after Iraq's prime minister said the visit showed the city was "on the road to stability." Brian Joubert became the first Frenchman in 42 years to win the world title by taking the men's event at the World Figure Skating Championships in Tokyo.

Five years ago: Coroner's officials ruled singer Whitney Houston died by drowning the previous February, but that heart disease and cocaine use were contributing factors. In a dramatic end to a 32-hour standoff, a French SWAT team slipped into the Toulouse apartment of an Islamic extremist suspected of seven killings, sparking a firefight that ended with the suspect jumping out the window and being fatally shot in the head.

One year ago: Capping a remarkable visit to Cuba, President Barack Obama sat beside President Raul Castro at a baseball game between Cuba's national team and the Tampa Bay Rays (the Rays won, 4-1); Obama left the game early to fly to Argentina for a state visit there. Suicide bombers attacked the Brussels airport and subway system, killing 32 people. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton padded their delegate troves with victories in Arizona; Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders won caucuses in Utah and Idaho and Republican Ted Cruz claimed his party's caucuses in Utah. Death claimed Rob Ford, the troubled former mayor of Toronto, at age 46; actress Rita Gam at age 88; and rapper Phife Dawg at age 45.

Today's Birthdays — March 22: Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim is 87. Evangelist broadcaster Pat Robertson is 87. Actor William Shatner is 86. Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is 83. Actor M. Emmet Walsh is 82. Actor-singer Jeremy Clyde is 76. Singer-guitarist George Benson is 74. Writer James Patterson is 70. CNN newscaster Wolf Blitzer is 69. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 69. Actress Fanny Ardant is 68. Sportscaster Bob Costas is 65. Country singer James House is 62. Actress Lena Olin is 62. Singer-actress Stephanie Mills is 60. Actor Matthew Modine is 58. Country musician Tim Beeler is 49. Actor-comedian Keegan-Michael Key is 46. Actor Will Yun Lee ("Hawaii Five-0") is 46. Olympic silver medal figure skater Elvis Stokjo is 45. Actor Guillermo Diaz is 42. Actress Anne Dudek is 42. Actor Cole Hauser is 42. Actress Kellie Williams is 41. Actress Reese Witherspoon is 41. Rock musician John Otto (Limp Bizkit) is 40. Actress Tiffany Dupont is 36. Rapper Mims is 36. Actress Constance Wu is 35. Actor James Wolk is 32. Rock musician Lincoln Parish (Cage the Elephant) is 27.

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Today is Thursday, March 22, the 81st day of 2018. There are 284 days left in the year.



Today's Highlights in History:

On March 22, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that Gen. William C. Westmoreland, the commander of American forces in Vietnam, would leave that post to become the U.S. Army's new Chief of Staff. Students at the University of Nanterre in suburban Paris occupied the school's administration building in a prelude to massive protests in France that began the following May. The first Red Lobster restaurant opened in Lakeland, Fla.

Ten years ago: Vice President Dick Cheney, visiting the Middle East, said the U.S. had an "enduring and unshakable" commitment to Israel's security and its right to defend itself against those bent on destroying the Jewish state. Endeavour's astronauts embarked on the fifth and final spacewalk of their mission, this time to attach a 50-foot inspection pole to the international space station for use by the next shuttle visitors. Jeffrey Buttle of Canada won the men's title at the World Figure Skating Championships in Goteborg, Sweden.



Five years ago: Anxious to keep Syria's civil war from spiraling into even worse problems, President Barack Obama said during a visit to Jordan that he worried about the country becoming a haven for extremists when — not if — President Bashar Assad was ousted from power. The Internal Revenue Service said it was a mistake for employees to have made a $60,000 six-minute training video spoofing "Star Trek" and "Gilligan's Island."



One year ago: A knife-wielding man plowed a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, killing four people, then stabbed an armed police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament before being shot dead by authorities. A northern Wisconsin man went on a shooting rampage, killing two of his wife's co-workers, her divorce attorney and a police officer before being shot by police; he died 10 days later in the hospital. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch wrapped up two days of Senate questioning to glowing GOP reviews but complaints from frustrated Democrats that he had concealed his views from the American public.



Today's Birthdays — March 22: Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim is 88. Evangelist broadcaster Pat Robertson is 88. Actor William Shatner is 87. Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is 84. Actor M. Emmet Walsh is 83. Actor-singer Jeremy Clyde is 77. Singer-guitarist George Benson is 75. Writer James Patterson is 71. CNN newscaster Wolf Blitzer is 70. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 70. Actress Fanny Ardant is 69. Sportscaster Bob Costas is 66. Country singer James House is 63. Actress Lena Olin is 63. Singer-actress Stephanie Mills is 61. Actor Matthew Modine is 59. Country musician Tim Beeler is 50. Actor-comedian Keegan-Michael Key is 47. Actor Will Yun Lee is 47. Olympic silver medal figure skater Elvis Stojko is 46. Actor Guillermo Diaz is 43. Actress Anne Dudek is 43. Actor Cole Hauser is 43. Actress Kellie Williams is 42. Actress Reese Witherspoon is 42. Rock musician John Otto (Limp Bizkit) is 41. Actress Tiffany Dupont is 37. Rapper Mims is 37. Actress Constance Wu is 36. Actor James Wolk is 33. Rock musician Lincoln Parish (Cage the Elephant) is 28.

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