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1969 - U.S.A. Levi Jeans Add Bell Bottoms
1969 : Levi Jeans add the latest craze of jeans to their line of Jeans which had become fashionable as part of the hippie counterculture movement together with love beads, granny glasses, and tie-dye shirts.

1961 -Barbie Counterpart Ken Is Launched
1961 : Ken, The cultural icon and Barbie’s go-to counterpart, was “born” on March 11, 1961! In addition to being a powerful tool for igniting children’s imagination, Ken has been a muse to fashion designers (hello, Gaultier!), gone to the Olympics, and even played himself in movies.
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1977 - U.S.A. Roman Polanski
1977 : Film director Roman Polanski is charged with four charges including rape, sodomy, child molestation and giving drugs to a minor in the case raping a 13-year-old girl at the home of Hollywood star Jack Nicholson. While awaiting trial Polanski jumped bail and fled to France in February 1978

1918 - U.S.A. Influenza Epidemic
1918 : The first cases of one of the worst influenza epidemic ( FLU ) in history are reported at Fort Riley, Kansas it would eventually kill more than 1/2 million Americans and more than 20 million people worldwide.

1931 - U.S.A. Boulder Dam
1931 : The work on the Boulder Dam was started after having been approved in 1928 and when completed it will be the worlds tallest dam at over 700 ft. The dams mission is not only to flood control but also to supply irrigation and domestic water needs and to provide silt control for the Colorado river. The cost will be met long term through the production of Hydro Electric Power.

1923 - Greece Transport Ship Alexander Sinks
1923 : The transport ship Alexander had sunk and the lives of at least 150 men were taken down with it. A report had confirmed that at least 10 of these men were Greek naval officers. The cause of this sinking was the Gale storm that had occurred between Salamis and Piraeus. A public funeral was held for the victims of this disaster.


1938 - U.S.A. Revenue Act of 1938
1938 : This was the date that the Revenue Act of 1938 was passed. The content of this particular piece of legislation had called for a series of corporate tax cuts, which was a very controversial topic during this period in history. At first President Roosevelt had opposed this bill, and refused to sign it. However, Congress had managed to override the president’s veto.

1941 - U.S.A. Lend Lease Act
1941 : U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend Lease Act allowing the United States to provide military aid to the Allies during World War II.
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1942 - U.S.A. Sleepy Lagoon
1942 : Vaughn Monroe records the hit "Sleepy Lagoon" with his orchestra. Other artists recorded it in later years, including Dinah Shore, David Rose, Fred Waring and Glenn Miller, among others.

1944 - Germany
1944 : This was a very significant day in World War II history. Reports had indicated that the Germans were about to pull out Uman, which was an action intended to weaken German defensive forces dramatically. Word was that German forces would soon be withdrawing from the Dneiper Bent as well.

1955 - England Sir Alexander Fleming
1955 : Sir Alexander Fleming remembered for his discovery of the drug penicillin dies in London of A Heart Attack.

1956 - China Defenders of the Faith
1956 : According to a report printed on this day, communists in China had worked to force their way through the Middle East and Africa. The method they used was to present themselves as “defenders of the faith” to the Muslim community in various Eastern countries.

1967 - U.S.A. Gov. George Romney
1967 : Concern rose among Americans when Gov. George Romney decided to run for president under the Republican ticket. One of the major concerns about Romney running for office included the fact that the Mormon Church to which he belonged advocated segregation. Moreover, Romney’s church considered African-Americans an inferior race. Nevertheless, George Romney assured the public that he believed that all Americans should be allowed the same opportunities in life. He encouraged people to judge him (Romney) on his actions and not how his church believes. His desire was similar to that expressed by President John F. Kennedy-to act according to national interest, and not according to religion.

1971 - Russia Rabbits
1971 : Rabbits had just recently migrated into Russia in large numbers. The reason rabbits are invading this area is because they were in search of food, as heavy snow and frost had occurred just recently in the north.

1977 - U.S.A. Hostages Washington DC
1977 : 130 hostages held in Washington, D.C., by Hanafi Muslims are freed when ambassadors from three Islamic nations joined negotiations.

1985 - Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev
1985 : Mikhail Gorbachev was called upon to replace Konstantin Chernenko who had died the day before. During his first six years in office, he was instrumental in advocating foreign and domestic policy changes.

1990 - Lithuania Independence
1990 : Lithuania began its battle for independence on this day, which had resulted in a Soviet oil embargo and Baltic Republic economic sanction. Lithuania was the first republic to try to break away from the U.S.S.R.

1993 - North Korea Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
1993 : North Korea withdraws from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

1997 - U.S.A. Paul McCartney
1997 : Paul McCartney from the Beatles is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

1999 - Brazil Major Power Outage
1999 : Large portions of Southern Brazil are left without power affecting up to 90 million people.

2001 - England Foot and Mouth Epidemic
2001 : Twenty-five new cases of foot-and-mouth have been identified from 11 different areas, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 163. The Foot and Mouth epidemic continued to worsen through the summer but was bought under control by the Autumn after nearly 100,000 livestock are destroyed in an attempt to control the disease.

2003 - U.S.A. Freedom Fries
2003 : Following the strong words used by the French President Jacques Chirac opposing US policy in Iraq American restaurants are renaming "French Fries" to "Freedom Fries", the protests even include the House of Representatives restaurants and bars which have renamed "French Fries" to "Freedom Fries" and "French Toast" to "Freedom Toast".

2004 - Spain Terrorist Train Bombs
2004 : Four trains in the Madrid area are attacked by terrorists using 10 bombs exploded via mobile telephone, 191 are killed during the attacks which are believed to be made by members of Al Qaeda in retaliation for Spain's involvement in the war in Iraq.

2006 - Netherlands Slobodan Milosevic
2006 : Former Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic is found dead of a heart attack in his prison cell in the Netherlands ending his U.N. war crimes trial.

2007 - Jacques Chirac has said that he will not seek a third term in office
2007 : Jacques Chirac has confirmed that he will not be seeking a third term in office in April's election. Chirac has been president since 1995, and has had a political career spanning four decades. 'The moment has come for me to serve you in a different way,' he said on television. Recent polls have shown that the Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy has a narrow lead over his Socialist rival, Segolene Royal.

2008 - United States Eliot Spitzer Apologizes
2008 : A New York State Governor, Eliot Spitzer, who had gained national prominence by pursuing Wall Street wrongdoings, has apologized for his involvement in a prostitution ring. The married father-of-three has said he had acted in a way that violated his obligations to his family. He has previously campaigned for ethical leadership in the Democratic Party. Governor Eliot Spitzer is now under pressure to resign.

2008 - US State Department's Report on Human Rights
2008 : The State Department has released its annual report on human rights, and details abuses in China, Russia, Syria and Zimbabwe. Unlike previous years, China is not listed as one of the world's most systematic human rights violators, although it is described as an authoritarian regime that denies its people basic human rights and freedoms, tortures prisoners and restricts the media.

2009 - France Reintegrates with NATO
2009 : Nicolas Sarkozy has said that his country is returning to NATO's military command. Sarkozy was speaking at the École Militaire staff college in Paris. Charles de Gaulle had pulled France out of NATO's military command in 1966, saying that it undermined France's sovereignty, but its reintegration has come from France having no say in the organisation's military strategies. Despite government assurances, many commentators fear that France will be abandoning its independence from the United States.

2010 - Israel Announces New Settlements in East Jerusalem
2010 : Following the breakdown of talks between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators, Israeli authorities announce building thousands more homes in settlements in East Jerusalem, this breaks an agreement that has been in place to end Israeli expansion of settlements in the area.

2011 - Massive Earthquake Hits Japan
2011 : An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 hit the coast of Japan causing massive amounts of damage and dangerous tsunamis, making it the most powerful earthquake in Japan in recorded history. The earthquake and tsunami caused damage to reactors in the Fukushima nuclear plant creating a radiation leak and forcing locals to evacuate, as well as worldwide anxiety over possible meltdown. Thousands of people were killed as a result of the earthquake and the homes of hundreds of thousands of people were destroyed. The amount of damage that Japan sustained from the earthquake and tsunamis would likely take years to recover from.

2012 - US Soldier Kills Afghan Civilians
2012 : A US soldier is accused of going on a killing spree in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan, adding to the anti-American sentiments felt in the war-torn country. At least sixteen civilians, including women and children, were killed by the man, and at least another five people were injured. The suspected soldier is said to have given himself over to US military authorities after carrying out the attacks and is rumored to have suffered a mental breakdown prior to the incident.

2013 - Leaders Inaugurate Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline
2013 : The presidents of Pakistan (Asif Ali Zardari) and Iran (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) inaugurated a gas pipeline between the two countries that was hoped to alleviate some of Pakistan's energy shortages. Work on the pipeline was almost completed in Iran while the Pakistan side of the pipeline had not begun work yet. The US discourage this partnership and stated that the two countries could incur sanctions.

2014 - General Motors to be Investigated
2014 : A United States congressional committee has announced that it will investigate the recall of over one million General Motors vehicles. The recall was over a faulty ignition that was linked to thirteen deaths. Controversy surrounded the recall as GM admitted some employees knew about the issues as early as 2004.

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Rupert Murdoch
Born: 11th March 1931, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Known For : Rupert Murdoch is best known as the creator, major shareholder, chairman and managing director of News Corporation one of the largest and most powerful media companies in the world. The extent of what News Corp Owns and runs could fill pages and pages but just a few of the best known names you might recognize FOX, SKY Cable TV, National Geographic, Daily Telegraph, 20th Century Fox and the list goes on. He started with just one newspaper in his home country expanding and buying other newspapers. He then turned to New Zealand and then to Europe starting with the The Times (and The Sunday Times ). His growth has continued at breakneck speed following his becoming an American Citizen which allowed him to buy American Newspapers, Magazines and TV Stations. He now owns in excess of 175 newspapers worldwide, 9 movie studios, 16 TV Stations, 22 Cable and Satellite Channels plus things like Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal making News Corp one if not the most powerful media company in the world today.