This day in history

Thursday, March 14, is the 73d day of 2013. There are 292 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Former astronaut Frank Borman is 85. Actor Michael Caine is 80. Composer-conductor Quincy Jones is 80. Former astronaut Eugene Cernan is 79. Director Wolfgang Petersen is 72. Comedian Billy Crystal is 65. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is 65. Prince Albert II, ruler of Monaco, is 55. Singer-musician Taylor Hanson is 30. Actor Jamie Bell is 27.

In 1743, a memorial service was held at Faneuil Hall honoring Peter Faneuil, who had donated the building bearing his name.


In 1794, Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin, an invention that revolutionized America’s cotton industry.

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In 1951, during the Korean War, United Nations forces recaptured Seoul.

In 1964, a jury in Dallas found Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President Kennedy, and sentenced him to death. (Both the conviction and death sentence were later overturned, but Ruby died before he could be retried.)

In 1967, the body of President Kennedy was moved from a temporary grave to a permanent memorial site at Arlington National Cemetery.