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By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 16, 2011; 12:00 AM

-- Today is Wednesday, March 16, the 75th day of 2011. There are 290 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 16, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed a measure authorizing the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

On this date:

In 1751, James Madison, fourth president of the United States, was born in Port Conway, Va.

In 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel "The Scarlet Letter" was first published.

In 1926, rocket science pioneer Robert H. Goddard successfully tested the first liquid-fueled rocket, in Auburn, Mass.

In 1968, during the Vietnam War, the My Lai (mee ly) Massacre of Vietnamese civilians was carried out by U.S. Army troops; estimates of the death toll vary between 347 and 504.

In 1971, former Republican presidential candidate Thomas E. Dewey, 68, died in Bal Harbour, Fla.; American actress Bebe Daniels, 70, died in London.

In 1984, William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, was kidnapped by terrorists (he was tortured by his captors and killed in 1985).


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