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By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
Sunday, March 13, 2011; 12:00 AM

-- Today is Sunday, March 13, the 72nd day of 2011. There are 293 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 13, 1781, the seventh planet of the solar system, Uranus, was discovered by Sir William Herschel.

On this date:

In 1884, Congress officially adopted Eastern Standard Time for the District of Columbia.

In 1901, the 23rd president of the United States, Benjamin Harrison, died in Indianapolis at age 67.

In 1911, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard was born in Tilden, Neb.

In 1925, the Tennessee General Assembly approved a bill prohibiting the teaching of the theory of evolution. (Gov. Austin Peay signed the measure on March 21.)

In 1928, hundreds of people died when the San Francisquito Valley in California was inundated with water after the St. Francis Dam burst just before midnight the evening of March 12.

In 1933, banks began to reopen after a "holiday" declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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