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This Day in History for March 11

1665 – New York approves new code guaranteeing Protestants religious rights.

1779 – US Army Corps of Engineers established (1st time)

1789 – Benjamin Banneker and Pierre Charles L’Enfant begin to lay out Washington, D.C.

1823 – 1st normal school in US opens, Concord Academy, Concord, Vermont.

1850 – Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (1st female medical school)

1862 – Abraham Lincoln removes George McClellen as general-in-chief.

1865 – General William T. Sherman’s Union forces occupies Fayetteville, NC.

1897 – A meteorite enters the earth’s atmosphere and explodes over New Martinsville, West Virginia.  The debris causes damage but no human injuries were reported.

1918 – First confirmed cases of the Spanish Flu in the US are reported at Fort Riley, Kansas.

1927 – First golden gloves tournament.

1927 – First armored commercial car hold-up in US, Pittsburgh.

1941 – FDR signs Lend-Lease Bill (lend money to Britain)

1954 – US Army charges Senator Joseph McCarthy used undue pressure tactics.

1958 – American B-47 accidentally drops nuclear bomb 15,000 feet on a family home in Mars Bluff, South Carolina; creates crater 75 ft across, bomb without its nuclear capsule.

1959 – “Raisin in the Sun”, 1st Broadway play by a black woman, opens.

1963 – US Defense Secretary Robert MacNamara orders the adoption by the US military of the M16 assault rifle, originally designed as the AR-15 by Eugene Stoner.

1982 – US boycotts Libyan crude oil.

1986 – 187.27 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange.

1999 – Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

2018 – China’s National People’s Congress approves removal of term limits for a leader, will allow Xi Jinping presidency for life.

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