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March 12: Fun Facts about Today in History


Today in History


On March 12, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The Gregorian calendar’s seventy-first day (seventy-second in leap years) marks the anniversary of the Girl Scouts’ creation and the start of the Red River Campaign, a series of battles fought along the Red River in Louisiana during the American Civil War.

Pisces is the zodiac sign for March 12th. Liza Minnelli, Marlon Jackson, and Aaron Eckhart are all born on March 12th. National Girl Scout Day and National Napping Day are both celebrated on March 12th.

Event

(March 12, 1947)
When US President Harry S. Truman requested Congress to allocate aid for Greece and Turkey, both of which were facing communist threats, on this day in 1947, he outlined what became known as the Truman Doctrine.

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(March 12, 1999)
Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) just before the organization's 50th anniversary.

(March 12, 2003)
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a global health alert, one of the first in a decade, in response to an ailment later dubbed severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) that had infected hundreds of people in China, Hong Kong, and Vietnam.

(March 12, 2009)
Bernie Madoff, an American hedge-fund investment manager, pleaded guilty to several offences linked to his management of the world's largest Ponzi scam and was sentenced to 150 years in jail.

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(March 12, 2015)
Michael Graves, an American architect and designer who was a key role in the postmodernist movement, died at the age of 80.

(Died on March 12, 2016)
Lloyd Shapley, American mathematician and economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1923).

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Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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