This day in history

Friday, March 22, is the 81st day of 2013. There are 284 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: USA Today founder Allen H. Neuharth is 89. Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim is 83. Evangelist broadcaster Pat Robertson is 83. Actor William Shatner is 82. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is 79. Singer-guitarist George Benson is 70. Newscaster Wolf Blitzer is 65. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 65. Sportscaster Bob Costas is 61. Actor Matthew Modine is 54. Actress Reese Witherspoon is 37.


In 1638, religious dissident Anne Hutchinson was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for defying Puritan orthodoxy.

In 1765, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act of 1765 to raise money from the American colonies, which fiercely resisted the tax. (The Stamp Act was repealed a year later.)

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In 1894, in the first Stanley Cup championship game, home team Montreal beat Ottawa, 3-1.

In 1963, The Beatles’ debut album, ‘‘Please Please Me,’’ was released in the United Kingdom.

In 1978, Karl Wallenda, the 73-year-old patriarch of ‘‘The Flying Wallendas’’ high-wire act, fell to his death while attempting to walk a cable strung between two hotel towers in San Juan.


In 1993, Intel Corp. unveiled the original Pentium computer chip.

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