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28 Mar, 1979 - Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station
28th March, 1979 : Radiation is released at Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station when a cooling plant malfunction releases radioactive steam and radiation near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, The authorities declare a general emergency but did not inform the public until five hours after the gas escaped.
A study in 2002
found that incidences of cancer in the area were not significantly higher than elsewhere.
This is still considered the worst nuclear incident in US history, but it should be remembered no deaths were attributed to the disaster.
28 Mar, 1942 - Malta George Cross Medal for Bravery
28th March, 1942 : King George VI has awarded the people from the small Mediterranean island of Malta the George Cross Medal for Bravery saying "To honour her brave people I award the George Cross to the Island Fortress of Malta, to bear witness to a heroism and a devotion that will long be famous in history." The Island had been under constant attack by Italian and German bombers and Messerschmitts machine guns since June 1940 because of it's strategic location for both the North Africa campaign and the European Campaign, Food supplies and health and hygiene became a serious problem as the ships that would normally supply the Island were sunk by the enemy before they bring in new supplies.
28 Mar, 2006 - France Contrat Première Embauche
28th March, 2006 : More than 1 million mostly students take to the streets in France disrupting air, rail and bus travel in the largest nationwide protest over the "Contrat première embauche" (CPE - First Employment Contract or Beginning Workers Contract) which would make it much easier for workers under twenty-six years old to be fired. The main parts of the bill which caused protests included:
Allowed employers the opportunity to terminate employment of workers under twenty-six without any reason, with little or no notice, within their first two years of employment
Night lab our being permitted for youths as young as 15 years old
Suspension of family welfare in cases of students skipping school
Possibility of manual lab our apprenticeship for 14-year-olds
The bill was seen by many as a direct attack on younger workers but the government believed by easing these laws it would encourage companies to take on more younger employees. The new "Contrat première embauche" CPE was scrapped by Chirac on April 10 under the pressure of ongoing protest and blockade throughout France
28 Mar, 2000 - Zimbabwe White Farmer Shot And Killed
28th March, 2000 : Problems with racial tension continue in the country of Zimbabwe as President Robert Mugabe pressed on with his plan to remove Zimbabwe's farms from white ownership, with the latest death when a white farmer in Zimbabwe is shot dead by squatters occupying his land.
28 Mar, 1908 - Canada Mining Accident
28th March, 1908 : A record of a terrible mining accident that occurred a few days before this date was made public. Two well-known miners died while involved in drifting operations in the Spruce Creek Mine. While working, the mine had caved in, and these men were entrapped. A third person had escaped and sounded an alarm, hoping it would signal the other two men to evacuate in time. Unfortunately, it was too late.
28 Mar, 1920 - U.S.A. Tornadoes
28th March, 1920 : Tornadoes swept through the mid-western and southern portions of the United States, killing more than 200 people and injuring more than a 1,000.
28 Mar, 1921 - US Advertising
28th March, 1921 : A short, sweet description of the importance of advertising a business was presented in a local Oklahoma publication. This advice was depicted in the form of a short rhyming poem, to which the first line is as follows: “The city that gets the publicity gets the business.”
28 Mar, 1930 - Turkey City Name Changes
28th March, 1930 : Two of Turkey's largest cities change their names ( Constantinople and Angora ).
The City of Constantinople is changed to Istanbul
The City of Angora is changed to Ankara
28 Mar, 1933 - U.S.A. Wet and Dry Rally
28th March, 1933 : A wet and dry rally and parade took place. Both supporters of alcohol and supporters of dry laws attended this event, which occurred in Oklahoma. On the same day, further debate took place regarding the legalization of pari-mutuel horse-betting systems. No decision has yet been made regarding this issue, even though proposals towards legalizing this form of gambling were made two weeks beforehand.
28 Mar, 1939 - Spanish Civil War
28th March, 1939 : Madrid, Spain is now in the hands of Nationalist General Francisco Franco and the Spanish civil war ends. The Spanish Civil War began in 1936
with Rebels attempting a coup d'état by parts of the army against the government. Like many modern conflicts other countries often become involved and take sides often supporting one side or the other with weapons and volunteers . The Spanish Civil War was no different with the Government in power getting the support of the Soviet Union and Mexico, and the rebels supported by Italy and Germany. The Spanish Civil War also bought out the worst in people with terrible atrocities committed on and by both sides during the war, with up to 100,000 people executed in the name of ???.
28 Mar, 1940 - Great Britain
28th March, 1940 : France and Britain were beginning to think about expanding their support. They expected the alliance they create would be semi-permanent, providing strength for battle. For instance, World War II took place during this time, and France and Britain looked to other countries’ resources to draw upon.
28 Mar, 1950 - Yugoslavia Travel to US Eased
28th March, 1950 : Yugoslavia and the United States made an effort to pave the way for restrictions of travel to Yugoslavia to be cleared. The issue of dual nationality was discussed as well.
28 Mar, 1963 - Russia Wedding During The Cold War
28th March, 1963 : During one of the most crucial times in American and Russian history THE COLD WAR, an American woman wed a Russian man while studying in Moscow. This wedding was opposed by the Soviet government, the American woman’s mother, and the Red Communists Party. However, this did not stop the couple from saying “I Do.”
28 Mar, 1964 - U.S.A. The Beatles
28th March, 1964 : The Beatles have 10 hits on Billboard's Hot 100 at the same time surpassing the previous best by Elvis Presley.
28 Mar, 1969 - U.S.A. Dwight D. Eisenhower
28th March, 1969 : Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower died of heart failure aged 78 yrs.
28 Mar, 1972 - U.S.A. Farming Practices
28th March, 1972 : A tiny bit of information regarding farming was printed. At this time in history, a typical U.S. farm produced enough food and fiber to supply the needs of up to 45 people (39 at home and six abroad). Ten years prior to this date, only about 24 people were supported by the yield of an average American farm.
- A Typical U.S. farm today supplies enough food and fiber to supply the needs of over 200 people
28 Mar, 1990 - Lithuania Drops Border Guards
28th March, 1990 : Lithuania, formerly a part of the USSR, decided against earlier plans to implement a border guard. This was done in order to avoid conflict with Soviet Troops. Lithuania also ordered citizens to give up weapons at request of these Soviet military personnel.
28 Mar, 1991 - England Hillsborough Disaster
28th March, 1991 : An inquest held over the deaths of 95 fans killed during during the Hillsborough disaster at Sheffield Wednesday's football stadium has returned a verdict of accidental death. The disaster happened during an FA Cup semi-final between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool held at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium on April 15th
1989, and is blamed on too many Liverpool fans being allowed in to the back of an already full stand at the Leppings Lane end of the ground. As more and more fans were allowed in fans were being crushed to death by the sheer volume of additional fans being allowed in. In total 95 Liverpool fans died during the disaster.
28 Mar, 2002 - Italy Spouse of the Year Award
28th March, 2002 : Charlotte, the wife of Lt. Colonel Mark Engenan (555th Fighter Squadron) received the “Spouse of the Year Award”. She was/is a very active medical volunteer in Northern Italy.
28 Mar, 2007 - Saudi Arabia Arab peace talks in Riyadh
28th March, 2007 : Arab leaders have been holding a summit in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, and have urged Israel to accept the Arab peace initiative that was proposed in 2002. Under the plan, Arab nations will recognize Israel if Israel withdraws from the lands it has occupied since 1967
. The plan allows for the creation of a Palestinian state, and the return of Palestinian refugees.
28 Mar, 2008 - Germany is the first country to recognize Kosovo
28th March, 2008 : Germany has became the first country to recognize Kosovo's independence, and has made its diplomatic office in Prishtina into an embassy. The embassy's inscription now reads as the 'Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany,' and the facade now shows the Kosovan flag raised together with the Germany one.
28 Mar, 2008 - President Bush says the United States is not in recession
28th March, 2008 : President Bush has said that the U.S. economy is not going into a recession, but is following a 'slowdown.' He has told people that May's tax measures have been designed to get consumers shopping again. According to the US National Bureau of Economic Research, the United States had already entered the Great Recession by the time this statement was made and the official dates were from December of 2007 to June of 2009.
28 Mar, 2008 - Pew Center reports on prison numbers
28th March, 2008 : The Pew Center study of American prisons has found that they have reached their highest ever number of inmates. The report has said that the U.S. is the global leader at the rate in which it imprisons its citizens, with over 2.3 million people being held in 2008. This number is larger than the prison populations of China, Russia and Iran. The report calls for fewer low-risk offenders to be sent to jail.
28 Mar, 2009 - Demonstrations at G20 summit
28th March, 2009 : Thousands of people are marching through London to demand action on poverty, climate change and jobs. The Put People First alliance of charities and unions walked from Embankment to Hyde Park for a rally. Speakers have called on the G20 leaders to pursue a new kind of global justice. The police have estimated that about 35,000 marchers took part in the event. Its organizers have said that people want a chance to air their views peacefully, and protesters have described the march's 'carnival-like atmosphere.' Brass bands, piercing whistles and stereo music was played as the procession passed through central London. The ex-Mayor of London, Ken Livingston, has called 'on the Tories to stop polluting everything they touch.'
28 Mar, 2009 - Obama Promotes Climate Change Forum in Washington
28th March, 2009 : President Obama has launched a Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, with the group's first meeting to be set in Washington in April. This will be followed in July by a summit in Italy. Obama has invited the leaders of the leading industrial nations, as well as the secretary general of the United Nations, to participate in the forum. The White House has said that the forum was designed to 'help generate the political leadership necessary to achieve a successful outcome' at the U.N. climate change negotiations that will be taking place in Copenhagen in December. It also wanted to explore 'concrete initiatives and joint ventures that increase the supply of clean energy while cutting greenhouse gas emissions.'
28 Mar, 2010 - West Bank Sealed Off During Passover
28th March, 2010 : Israel seals off the West Bank from midnight until midnight on 6 April during its traditional Passover biblical religious holiday.
28 Mar, 2012 - US Suspends Food Aid Plans to North Korea
28th March, 2012 : The United States has suspended plans to send food aid to North Korea after the country violated a missile test moratorium by announcing their plans for a rocket launch in the middle of April
. While North Korea insisted that the future test would only be for peaceful purposes to launch a satellite, the US and other countries believed the plans were for a long-range missile.
28 Mar, 2013 - Chile Police and Students Clash at Protest
28th March, 2013 : Thousands of students in Chile clashed with authorities as their protested for education reforms in the capital of the country. These protests marked the first for this year but the issue had been a point of contention since 2011. The police stated that sixty people had been arrested.
28 Mar, 2014 - One Killed in Kashmir Attack
28th March, 2014 : One person was shot and killed in Indian-administered Kashmir by a group of suspected militants. They also reportedly attacked an Indian military camp. The suspected militants were also reported as wearing Indian military uniforms.
This Week In History 13Taken From Our This Day In History From
March 26th to April 1st
1867 U.S.A. Buys Alaska for $7.2 million
1909 First Fingerprint Evidence Used in Murder Case
1909 The Queensboro Bridge also known as the 59th Street Bridge Opens
1918 British Royal Air force is Founded
1930 City of Constantinople name is changed to Istanbul
1939 Spanish civil war ends with control by General Francisco Franco
1942 The Smalll Island Country of Malta awarded the George Cross Medal for Bravery
1943 The musical "Oklahoma!" debuts on Broadway
1943 Rationing of meat, cheese, butter and cooking oils goes into effect in US
1945 US Forces Land on Okinawa
1946 Hawaii Earthquake and Tsunami
1949 Newfoundland and Labrador entered the Canadian confederation as the 10th province
1951 The first commercially built U.S. computer The UNIVAC I sold
1951 Rosenbergs found guilty of conspiracy to commit espionage
1951 The 23rd Amendment to the Constitution is ratified
1953 Dr. Jonas E. Salk, announced Polio Vaccine Success
1958 Great Chinese Famine Begins Lasted 3 years
1959 The spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, crosses the border into India seeking asylum
1964 The Beatles have 10 hits on Billboard's Hot 100 at the same time
1964 “Good Friday Earthquake,” Alaska
1964 The musical 'Funny Girl' starring Barbra Streisand Opens On Broadway
1970 Banning of cigarette advertising on television and radio becomes law
1971 Charles Manson and three of his followers receive the death penalty
1973 The last United States troops left South Vietnam
1979 Three Mile Island Nuclear Disaster
1979 Camp David Peace Treaty Signed Between Egypt's Anwar Sadat and Israel's Menachem Begin
1980 Mount St. Helens Erupts
1981 first London Marathon organised by Chris Brasher is run
1982 Groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington, D.C., for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1983 Tens of thousands of CND peace demonstrators protest in England
1990 100,000 people take to the streets in Poll Tax Demonstrations in England
1992 Mike Tyson Convicted of Rape of Desiree Washington
1995 1994/ 1995 Major League Baseball Strike ends
1997 Heaven's Gate Cult Suicides California
1998 The FDA approves the drug Viagra for use against impotence in men.
1999 Dr. Jack Kevorkian, was found guilty of second-degree murder
1999 Eleven countries in the European Union adopted the Euro as a common currency
2000 Vladimir Putin was elected president of Russia.
2001 California Electricity Price Increase 46%
2002 The British Queen Mother Dies
2003 Jessica Lynch is rescued from a hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq
2005 Terri Schiavo, the center of the most heavily litigated right-to-die dispute in U.S. history, died
2006 HAMAS wins the Palestinian parliamentary elections
2008 A.I.G. executives convicted of fraud
2008 President Musharraf sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan.
2010 Suicide bombs on the Moscow Metro