12 March 2007

This day in history: 12 Mar

1912: The first Girl Scout meeting in the United States was held at the home of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low.

1928: The St Francis Dam, in California, failed shortly before midnight; the official death toll from the resulting flood stands at 495, though undocumented farm workers are not included in this figure.

1933: Franklin Delano Roosevelt held the first of his radio "fireside chats," on the topic of banking.

1930: German troops invaded Austria.

1951: Dennis the Menace, drawn by Hank Ketcham, first appeared in newspapers.

1968: Mauritius became independent from the United Kingdom.

1999: Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic became members of NATO.

Cesare Borgia (ca 1475-1507), Giuseppe Petrosino (1860-1909), William George Barker VC (1894-1930), Eugene Ormandy (1899-1985), Sir Yehudi Menuhin OM KBE (1916-1999) and Robert Ludlum (1927-2001) died on this date.

And happy birthday to Gustav Kirchhoff (1824-1887), Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938), Wally Schirra (1923-TBD), Harry Harrison (1925-TBD) and Barbara Feldon (1932-TBD).

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