updated 3/18/2005 12:02:19 AM ET 2005-03-18T05:02:19

Today is Friday, March 18th, the 77th day of 2005. There are 288 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 18th, 1965, the first spacewalk took place as Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov left his “Voskhod Two” capsule, secured by a tether.

On this date:
In 1766, Britain repealed the Stamp Act.

In 1837, the 22nd and 24th president of the United States, Grover Cleveland, was born in Caldwell, New Jersey.

In 1922, Mohandas K. Gandhi was sentenced in India to six years’ imprisonment for civil disobedience. (He was released after serving two years.)

In 1931, Schick Incorporated marketed the first electric razor.

In 1937, more than 400 people, mostly children, were killed in a gas explosion at a school in New London, Texas.

In 1940, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met at the Brenner Pass, where the Italian dictator agreed to join Germany’s war against France and Britain.

In 1959, President Eisenhower signed the Hawaii statehood bill.

In 1962, France and Algerian rebels agreed to a truce.

In 1974, most of the Arab oil-producing nations ended their embargo against the United States.

In 1979, Iranian authorities detained American feminist Kate Millett, a day before deporting her and a companion for what were termed “provocations.”

Ten years ago: The United States Catholic Conference’s administrative board criticized a Republican welfare reform plan, saying it would hurt poor children and could push women to have abortions. Spain’s Princess Elena married a banker, Jaime de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada, in Seville; it was Spain’s first royal wedding in 89 years.

Five years ago: Taiwan ended more than a-half century of Nationalist Party rule, electing an opposition leader (Chen Shui-bian) whose party favored Taiwan’s formal independence from the rest of China.

One year ago: Addressing thousands of soldiers at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, President Bush warned that terrorists could never be appeased and said there was no safety for any nation that “lives at the mercy of gangsters and mass murderers.” Overruling its staff, the Federal Communications Commission declared that an expletive (the “F-word”) uttered by rock star Bono on NBC the previous year was both indecent and profane.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Peter Graves is 79. Composer John Kander (“Chicago”) is 78. Author John Updike is 73. Nobel peace laureate and former South African president F.W. de Klerk is 69. Country singer Charley Pride is 67. Singer Wilson Pickett is 64. Actor Kevin Dobson is 62. Actor Brad Dourif is 55. Jazz musician Bill Frisell is 54. Actor Thomas Ian Griffith is 43. Singer James McMurtry is 43. Singer-actress Vanessa L. Williams is 42. Olympic gold medal speedskater Bonnie Blair is 41. Country musician Scott Saunders (Sons of the Desert) is 41. Rock musician Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) is 39. Rock singer-musician Miki Berenyi is 38. Rapper-actress-talk show host Queen Latifah is 35. Rock musician Stuart Zender is 31. Singer Devin Lima (LFO) is 28.

Thought for Today: “Liberty is from God, liberties from the devil.” — Old German proverb.

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