TODAY IN HISTORY
Today is Tuesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2013. There are 294 days left in the year.
On this date:
In 1664, England's King Charles II granted an area of land in present-day North America known as New Netherland to his brother James, the Duke of York.
In 1864, Ulysses S. Grant was promoted to the rank of general-in-chief of the Union armies in the Civil War by President Abraham Lincoln.
In 1912, the Girl Scouts of the USA had its beginnings as Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga., founded the first American troop of the Girl Guides.
In 1943, Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" had its world premiere with Eugene Goossens conducting the Cincinnati Symphomy.
In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson won the New Hampshire Democratic primary, but Sen. Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota placed a strong second.
In 1993, Janet Reno was sworn in as the first female U.S. attorney general. A three-day blizzard that came to be known as "The Storm of the Century" began inundating the eastern third of the U.S. A series of bombings in Mumbai, India, killed 257 people (the explosions were allegedly masterminded by India's most wanted man, Dawood Ibrahim).
Ten years ago: Elizabeth Smart, the 15-year-old girl who'd vanished from her bedroom nine months earlier, was found alive in a Salt Lake City suburb with two drifters, Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee, who are serving prison terms for kidnapping her.
Five years ago: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned two days after reports had surfaced that he was a client of a prostitution ring.
One year ago: A day after the weekend massacre of Afghan civilians allegedly carried out by a U.S. soldier, President Barack Obama called the episode "absolutely tragic and heartbreaking," while Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called it "inexplicable."
Today's birthdays: Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young is 81. Actress Barbara Feldon is 80. Singer Al Jarreau is 73. Actress-singer Liza Minnelli is 67. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is 66. Singer-songwriter James Taylor is 65. Rock singer-musician Bill Payne (Little Feat) is 64. Actor Jon Provost ("Lassie") is 63. Rock musician Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) is 57. Singer Marlon Jackson (The Jackson Five) is 56. Actor Courtney B. Vance is 53. Actress Julia Campbell is 50. Actor Aaron Eckhart is 45.Country singer Holly Williams is 32. Actor Tyler Patrick Jones is 19. Actress Kendall Applegate is 14.
Thought for today: " 'Home' is any four walls that enclose the right person." -- Helen Rowland, American writer, journalist and humorist (1876-1950)