Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Today is Tuesday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2010. There are 283 days left in the year.

10 years ago: Pope John Paul II paid his respects at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial. President Bill Clinton visited the rural Indian village of Nayla, where he heard stories of women battling for higher wages, education for girls, better social conditions and against forced marriages. In a first, Speaker Dennis Hastert named a Catholic priest, the Rev. Daniel Coughlin, as the new House chaplain.

5 years ago: A federal appeals court refused to reinsert Terri Schiavo's feeding tube and the Florida Legislature decided not to intervene in the epic struggle over the brain-damaged woman; Schiavo's parents then filed a request with the Supreme Court. An explosion at a BP oil refinery in Texas City, Texas, killed 15 people. Truck driver Tyrone Williams was convicted in federal court in Houston for his role in the 2003 deaths of 19 illegal immigrants he was smuggling across Texas. (Williams was sentenced in Jan. 2007 to life in prison.)

1 year ago: The Obama administration unveiled a plan to take over up to $1 trillion in sour mortgage securities with the help of private investors; Wall Street responded by hurtling the Dow Jones industrials upward nearly 500 points. Japan defended its 2006 World Baseball Classic title with a 5-3 win over South Korea at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

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