Historical Political Events for March 15

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Year Event
44 BCE "Beware the Ides of March" -- Julius Caesar assassinated.
1776 South Carolina became the first American colony to declare its independence from Great Britain and set up its own government.
1793 The Traitorous Correspondence Act is passed in Britain and the Habeas Corpus Act suspended, both to curtail any possible popular support for revolutionary France. [The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.]
1820 Maine is admitted as the 23rd U.S. state.
1913 President Wilson holds the first open presidential press conference. The format has sinced evolved into a scripted, make-believe, TV show.
1916 A U.S. punitive expedition under the command of General John J. Pershing is sent into Mexico to pursue the Mexican revolutionary Francisco “Pancho” Villa. [The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.]
1988 President Reagan (R) signed Executive Order 12630, "Governmental Actions and Interference With Civil Constitutionally Protected Property Rights". Unfortunately, it is largely ignored.
1995 Lockheed and Martin merge into Lockheed Martin Corp. and immediately request $16.2 million to pay for their "restructuring costs". The Pentagon and Congress presumably paid it. [How is it other mergers are pulled off without help?]
1999 Monica Lewinsky's picture is on the cover of this week's Time Magazine along with an interview that -- again -- tells all about her famous affair with President William Jefferson Clinton (D).
2002 The Federal Debt passed through the $6,000,000,000,000 mark on or about this date. Under Bush's (R) regime the debt increased almost $4,000,000,000,000 (4 trillion dollars) or double the increase from the beginning of the U.S.A. to 1986!
2011 Syria uprizing: "Day of Rage" - First explicit demonstration against the Syrian regime Damascus, Syria. Simultaneous demonstrations took place in major cities across Syria. Thousands of protesters gathered in al-Hasakah, Daraa, Deir ez-Zor, and Hama.
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Quote of
the Day
Politics and the fate of mankind are shaped by men without ideals and without greatness. Men who have greatness within them don't go in for politics.
    — Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French Existential Writer
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