Today in history 3/21/2017

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3/21/2017:

Today in history, Heraclius (see picture below) restores the True Cross, which he has recaptured from the Persians in 630.

Today in history, Almost the entire city of New Orleans, Louisiana, is destroyed by fire in 1788.

Today in historyLewis and Clark begin their trip home after an 8,000 mile trek of the Mississippi basin and the Pacific Coast in 1806.

Today in history, The Battle of Bentonville, NC ends, marking the last Confederate attempt to stop Union General William Sherman in 1865.

Today in history, The Germans launch the ‘Michael’ offensive, better remembered as the First Battle of the Somme in 1918.

Today in history, Singer Kate Smith (see picture below) records “God Bless America” for Victor Records in 1939.

Today in history, Alcatraz Island, the federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay, California, closes in 1963.

Today in history, The United States launches Ranger 9 (see picture below), last in a series of unmanned lunar explorations in 1965.

Today in history, President Jimmy Carter announces to the U.S. Olympic Team that they will not participate in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow as a boycott against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan in 1980.

Today in history, A Soviet submarine crashes into the USS Kitty Hawk off the coast of Japan in 1984.

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