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12th March

1710 * Thomas Arne, Composer of operas and "Rule Britannia".

1917 The official Soviet newspaper "Izvesti" was founded.

1912 The Girl Guides were founded in the US by Juliet Gordon Low.

1918 Moscow was designated the capital of Russia.

1921 * Dr. Giovanni Agnelli, chairman of Italian car manufacturer, FIAT Spa.

1928 * Edward Albee, US playwright who wrote Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962).

1930 Mahatma Gandhi began his 300 mile march in protest at British tax laws.

1935 The speed limit of 30mph was introduced in British towns and built up areas.

1940 * Al Jarreau, US singer and songwriter.

1941 Hebrides islanders hid "acquired" thousands of bottles of Whiskey from a shipwreck.

1946 * Liza Minnelli, US actress and daughter of Judy Garland and Vincent Minnelli.

1964 The president of the powerful American Teamsters union was sentenced to eight years on bribery charges.

1968 Mauritius, in the Indian ocean island, gained independence after 158 years of British rule.

1969 Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman, a US photographer.

1993 At least 250 people died and 1000 were injured when 13 bombs exploded in Bombay.

1994 The Church of England ordained women priests for the first time in 460 years.

1999 One of the 20th century's finest musicians violinist Yehudi Menuhin died, aged 82.

2003 The prime minister of Serbia and Montenegro, Zoran Djindjic, was assassinated.

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