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*1472Painter Fra Bartolomeo, a prominent exponent of the High Renaissance style in early 16th-century Florence whose works include God the Father with SS. Catherine of Siena and Mary Magdalene (1509), was born this day in 1472. 
2002The exhibit "The Italians: Three Centuries of Italian Art" opened at the National Gallery of Australia.  
1999Paraguay's President Raúl Cubas Grau resigned after protests inspired by the assassination of Vice-President Luis María Argaña on March 23. The nation's Congress had accused Cubas and his political associate, Gen. Lino César Oviedo, for Cubas' murder. Senate President Luis González Macchi took office as Paraguay's new chief executive.  
1994Violence between Zulus and African National Congress supporters took the lives of 18 in Johannesburg.  
1991The U.S. embassy in Moscow was severely damaged by fire.  
1990In Britain, a joint Anglo-U.S. "sting" operation ended with the seizure of 40 capacitors, which can be used in the trigger mechanism of a nuclear weapon.  
1990Jesse Owens received the Congressional Gold Medal from U.S. President George Bush.  
1986More than 6,000 radio stations of all format varieties played "We are the World" simultaneously at 10:15 a.m. EST.  
1986The U.S. Senate passed $100 million aid package for the Nicaraguan contras.  
1979A major accident occurred at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. A nuclear power reactor overheated and suffered a partial meltdown.  
1979At 4:00 AM an automatic valve mistakenly closed at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, culminating in radioactive leakage. 
1974A streaker ran onto the set of "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson."  
1969Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States, died in Washington, D.C. 
1968The U.S. lost its first F-111 aircraft in Vietnam when it vanished while on a combat mission. North Vietnam claimed that they had shot it down.  
1967Raymond Burr starred in a TV movie titled "Ironside." The movie was later turned into a television series.  
1963Sonny Werblin announced that the New York Titans of the American Football League was changing its name to the New York Jets. (NFL)  
1962The U.S. Air Force announced research into the use of lasers to intercept missiles and satellites.  
1947The American Helicopter Society revealed a flying device that could be strapped to a person's body.  
1945Germany launched the last of the V-2 rockets against England.  
1942British naval forces raided the Nazi occupied French port of St. Nazaire.  
1941The Italian fleet was defeated by the British at the Battle of Matapan.  
1939The Spanish Civil War ended as Madrid fell to Francisco Franco.  
1938In Italy, psychiatrists demonstrated the use of electric-shock therapy for treatment of certain mental illnesses.  
1933In Germany, the Nazis ordered a ban on all Jews in businesses, professions and schools.  
1930Constantinople and Angora changed their names to Istanbul and Ankara respectively.  
1930Built as Byzantium about 657 BC, then renamed Constantinople in the 4th century AD after Constantine the Great made the city his capital, the Turkish city of Istanbul officially received its present name on this day in 1930.  
1922Bradley A. Fiske patented a microfilm reading device.  
1921U.S. President Warren Harding named William Howard Taft as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court.  
1920American motion-picture actors Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks were wed. 
1917During World War I the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was founded.  
1911In New York, suffragists performed the political play "Pageant of Protest."  
1910The first seaplane took off from water at Martinques, France. The pilot was Henri Fabre.  
1908Automobile owners lobbied the U.S. Congress, supporting a bill that called for vehicle licensing and federal registration.  
1905The U.S. took full control over Dominican revenues.  
1903Anatole France's "Crainquebille" premiered in Paris.  
1898The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a child born in the U.S. to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen. This meant that they could not be deported under the Chinese Exclusion Act.  
1885The Salvation Army was officially organized in the U.S.  
1865Outdoor advertising legislation was enacted in New York. The law banned "painting on stones, rocks and trees."  
1864A group of Copperheads attack Federal soldiers in Charleston, IL. Five were killed and twenty were wounded.  
1854The Crimean War began with Britain and France declaring war on Russia.  
1834The U.S. Senate voted to censure President Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.  
1797Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine.  
1774Britain passed the Coercive Act against Massachusetts.  
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Famous Birthdays
1986 - Lady GagaSinger
1981 - Julia Stiles
1971 - Juliandra Gillen
1970 - Vince Vaughn
1966 - SaltRapper (Salt-N-Pepa)
1958 - Bart ConnerOlympic Gold Medal Gymnast
1955 - Reba McEntire
1948 - Dianne Wiest
1944 - Ken Howard
1943 - Conchata FerrellActress
1942 - Mike NewellMovie Director
1941 - Charlie McCoyCountry Musician
1921 - Dirk Bogarde
1899 - August Anheuser Busch, Jr.
1868 - Maxim Gorky

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