MILESTONES: March 19 birthdays for Glenn Close, Andy Reid, Bruce Willis
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “The Nanny” star Renee Taylor, who was born in 1933; “Dr. No” star Ursula Andress, who was born in 1936; musician Ruth Pointer, who was born in 1946; “Fatal Attraction” star Glenn Close, who was born in 1947; “Die Hard” star Bruce Willis, who was born in 1955; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who was born in 1958; basketball player Tyrone Hill, who was born in 1968; football player Sheldon Brown, who was born in 1979; and baseball player Clayton Kershaw, who was born in 1988.
FREEDOM’S MARCH: Operation Iraqi Freedom began on this day in 2003. At 9:30 p.m. (EST), two hours past a deadline for Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to step down from power, U.S. and British forces began air strikes against his regime. A ground campaign, including Australian forces, followed quickly, and by April 9 Baghdad was under the control of allied forces. Hussein was captured by U.S. forces on Dec. 13, 2003. On June 28, 2004, Iraq regained its sovereignty. On Dec. 15, 2005, 70 percent of Iraq’s registered voters turned out for parliamentary elections — one of the freest elections on record in the Arab world. Sectarian and terrorist violence prevented the withdrawal of U.S. and other national combat troops until Aug. 18, 2010.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.”
— author Edgar Rice Burroughs, who died on this day in 1950
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