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March 20, 2012

Today in history

Today is the 80th day of 2012 and the first day of spring.


TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1922, the first U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, USS Langley, was commissioned.

In 1952, the U.S. Senate ratified a peace treaty returning sovereignty to Japan.

In 1987, the FDA approved AZT, a drug shown to delay the development of AIDS.

In 1995, a Tokyo cult released sarin gas into the subway system, killing 12 and injuring more than 1,000.


TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: B.F. Skinner (1904-1990), psychologist; Sir Michael Redgrave (1908-1985), actor; Carl Reiner (1922- ), comedy writer/director/performer; Fred Rogers (1928-2003), TV personality; William Hurt (1950- ), actor; Spike Lee (1957- ), filmmaker; Holly Hunter (1958- ), actress.


TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1934, famed women's sports star Mildred "Babe" Didrikson pitched for the Philadelphia Athletics against the Brooklyn Dodgers for an inning of exhibition baseball. She allowed one walk and no hits.


TODAY'S FACT: The Japanese constitution, adopted in 1947, renounces war "forever."


TODAY'S QUOTE: "Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten." -- B.F. Skinner


TODAY'S NUMBER: $7.1 million -- amount that Spike Lee's first feature film, "She's Gotta Have It," grossed at the box office in 1986, far exceeding its $175,000 independent budget.


TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (March 14) and new moon (March 22).

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