updated 3/29/2006 12:00:59 AM ET 2006-03-29T05:00:59

Today is Wednesday, March 29, the 88th day of 2006. There are 277 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 29, 1973, the last United States combat troops left South Vietnam, ending America’s direct military involvement in the Vietnam War.

On this date:
In 1638, Swedish colonists settled in present-day Delaware.

In 1790, the 10th president of the United States, John Tyler, was born in Charles City County, Va.

In 1847, victorious forces led by Gen. Winfield Scott occupied the city of Vera Cruz after Mexican defenders capitulated.

In 1867, the British Parliament passed the North America Act to create the Dominion of Canada.

In 1882, the Knights of Columbus was chartered in Connecticut.

In 1943, World War II meat, butter and cheese rationing began.

In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. (They were executed in June 1953.)

In 1962, Jack Paar hosted NBC’s “Tonight” show for the final time.

In 1971, Army Lt. William L. Calley Jr. was convicted of murdering at least 22 Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai massacre. (Calley ended up spending three years under house arrest.)

In 1974, eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on charges stemming from the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University. (The guardsmen were later acquitted.)

Ten years ago: Congress passed, and President Clinton quickly signed, a 12th stopgap spending bill to avert a partial federal shutdown.

Five years ago: James Kopp, the fugitive wanted in the 1998 slaying of Dr. Barnett Slepian, a Buffalo, N.Y., abortion provider, was captured in France. (Kopp was convicted in 2003 of killing Slepian and is serving a sentence of 25 years to life.) A chartered jet crashed near Aspen, Colo., killing all 18 people aboard. Pianist John Lewis, who masterminded the Modern Jazz Quartet, died in New York at age 80.

One year ago: As Terri Schiavo entered her 12th full day without food or water, the Rev. Jesse Jackson prayed with her parents and joined conservatives in calling for Florida lawmakers to order her feeding tube reinserted. Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. died in Los Angeles at age 67. Former U.S. Sen. Howell Heflin died in Sheffield, Ala., at age 83.

Today’s Birthdays: Political commentator John McLaughlin is 79. Author Judith Guest is 70. Former British Prime Minister John Major is 63. Comedian Eric Idle is 63. Composer Vangelis is 63. Singer Bobby Kimball (Toto) is 59. Actor Chris Lawford is 51. Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas is 50. Actor Christopher Lambert is 49. Rock singer Perry Farrell (Porno for Pyros; Jane’s Addiction) is 47. Model Elle Macpherson is 43. Rock singer-musician John Popper (Blues Traveler) is 39. Actress Lucy Lawless is 38. Country singer Regina Leigh (Regina Regina) is 38. Country singer Brady Seals is37. Tennis player Jennifer Capriati is 30.

Thought for Today: “The fate of love is that it always seems too little or too much.” — Amelia Edith Barr, American author and journalist (1831-1919).

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