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T.W.I.H.: March 24-30

March 24, 1996: Astronaut Shannon Lucid enters Mir space station.

"U.S. astronaut Shannon Lucid transfers to the Russian space station Mir from the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis for a planned five-month stay. Lucid was the first female U.S. astronaut to live in a space station."

March 25, 1634: The settlement of Maryland.

"The first colonists to Maryland arrive at St. Clement’s Island on Maryland’s western shore and found the settlement of St. Mary’s. In 1632, King Charles I of England granted a charter to George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore, yielding him proprietary rights to a region."

March 26, 1941: Naval warfare gets new weapon.

"On this day, Italy attacks the British fleet at Souda Bay, Crete, using detachable warheads to sink a British cruiser. This was the first time manned torpedoes had been employed in naval warfare, adding a new weapon to the world’s navies’ arsenals."

March 27, 1912: Japanese cherry trees planted along the Potomac.

"In Washington, D.C., Helen Taft, wife of President William Taft, and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, plant two Yoshina cherry trees on the northern bank of the Potomac River, near the Jefferson Memorial."

March 28, 1834: Congress censures Jackson.

"On this day in 1834, President Andrew Jackson is censured by Congress for refusing to turn over documents. Jackson was the first president to suffer this formal disapproval from Congress. During his first term, Jackson decided to dismantle the Bank of the United States."

March 29, 1974: Mariner 10 visits Mercury.

"The unmanned U.S. space probe Mariner 10, launched by NASA in November 1973, becomes the first spacecraft to visit the planet Mercury, sending back close-up images of a celestial body usually obscured because of its proximity to the sun."

March 30, 1974: John Denver has his first #1 hit with “Sunshine On My Shoulders.”

"Of his many enormous hits in the 1970s, none captured the essence of John Denver better than his first #1 song, “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” which reached the top of the pop charts on this day in 1974. “Sunshine On My Shoulders” was John Denver’s attempt to write a sad song."

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