Today is Friday, March 28, the 87th day of 2003. There are 278 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 28, 1969, the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, died in Washington at age 78.

On this date:

In 1834, the U.S. Senate voted to censure President Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.

In 1854, during the Crimean War, Britain and France declared war on Russia.

In 1898, the Supreme Court ruled that a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen.

In 1939, the Spanish Civil War ended as Madrid fell to the forces of Francisco Franco.

In 1930, the names of the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara.

In 1941, novelist and critic Virginia Woolf died in Lewes, England.

In 1942, during World War II, British naval forces raided the Nazi-occupied French port of St. Nazaire.

In 1943, composer Sergei Rachmaninoff died in Beverly Hills, Calif.

In 1953, athlete Jim Thorpe died in Lomita, Calif.

In 1979, America's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred inside the Unit Two reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Penn.

Ten years ago: Russian President Boris Yeltsin and his chief political rival, parliament speaker Ruslan Khasbulatov, claimed victory after surviving attempts by the Russian Congress to oust them. About 10,000 people marched in Dublin, Ireland, to protest an IRA bombing that claimed the lives of two young boys. Chinese Premier Li Peng won a second term.

Five years ago: President Clinton, during his visit to South Africa, went to Soweto, a landmark in the bloody uprising against apartheid, to honor South Africans "who answered the call of conscience" and defeated their country's system of white supremacy.

One year ago: The Arab League, meeting in Beirut, Lebanon, agreed on a peace plan that offered Israel normal relations in exchange for a full withdrawal from war-won lands and a Palestinian state. Archbishop Juliusz Paetz of Poznan, Poland, announced his resignation, but also protested his innocence, following accusations he'd made sexual advances toward young clerics. U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Timothy Woodland was convicted in a Japanese court and sentenced to nearly three years in prison for raping a woman on the southern island of Okinawa.

Today's Birthdays: Former White House national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski is 75. Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski is 70. Country musician Charlie McCoy is 62. Movie director Mike Newell is 61. Actress Conchata Ferrell is 60. Actor Ken Howard is 59. Actress Dianne Wiest is 55. Rhythm-and-blues musician Milan Williams (The Commodores) is 55. Country singer Reba McEntire is 48. Actress Tracey Needham ("The Division") is 36. Actor Max Perlich is 35. Rapper Salt (Salt-N-Pepa) is 34. Actor Vince Vaughn is 33. Rapper Mr. Cheeks (Lost Boyz) is 32. Actor Ken L. is 30. Actress Julia Stiles is 22.

Thought for Today: "Those who say they give the public what it wants begin by underestimating public taste and end by debauching it." - T.S. Eliot, American-Anglo poet and critic (1888-1965).


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