The Columbus Dispatch



Today is Saturday, March 11, the 70th day of 2023. There are 295 days left in the year. On this date in:

1862: During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln removed Gen. George B. Mcclellan as general-in-chief of the Union armies, leaving him in command of the Army of the Potomac, a post Mcclellan also ended up losing.

1918: What were believed to be the first confirmed U.S. cases of a deadly global flu pandemic were reported among U.S. Army soldiers stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas; 46 soldiers would die. (The worldwide outbreak of influenza claimed an estimated 20 to 40 million lives.)

1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Lend-lease Bill, providing war supplies to countries fighting the Axis.

1942: As Japanese forces continued to advance in the Pacific during World War II, U.S. Army Gen. Douglas Macarthur left the Philippine­s for Australia, where he vowed on March 20, “I shall return” – a promise he kept more than 21⁄2 years later.

1954: The U.S. Army charged that Sen. Joseph R. Mccarthy, R-wis., and his subcommitt­ee’s chief counsel, Roy Cohn, had exerted pressure to obtain favored treatment for Pvt. G. David Schine, a former consultant to the subcommitt­ee. (The confrontat­ion culminated in the famous Senate Army-mccarthy hearings.)

1985: Mikhail S. Gorbachev was chosen to succeed the late Konstantin U. Chernenko as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.

1997: Rock star Paul Mccartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

2002: Two columns of light soared skyward from Ground Zero in New York as a temporary memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks six months earlier.

2004: Ten bombs exploded in quick succession across the commuter rail network in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 people in an attack linked to al-qaidainspi­red militants.

2006: Former Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic was found dead of a heart attack in his prison cell in the Netherland­s, abruptly ending his four-year U.N. war crimes trial; he was 64.

2010: A federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld the use of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency.

2011: A magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck Japan’s northeaste­rn coast, killing nearly 20,000 people and damaging the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station.

TV journalist Sam Donaldson is 89. Singer Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge is 76. Singer Bobby Mcferrin is 73. Movie director Jerry Zucker (“Airplane!” “Ghost”) is 73. Singer Cheryl Lynn is 72. Actor Susan Richardson (“Eight Is Enough”) is 71. Recording executive Jimmy Iovine (“American Idol”) is 70. Country singer Jimmy Fortune of The Statler Brothers is 68. Singer Nina Hagen is 68. Actor Elias Koteas (“Chicago P.D.”) is 62. Actor Peter Berg (“Chicago Hope”) is 61. Actor Jeffrey Nordling (“Desperate Housewives”) is 61. Actor Alex Kingston (“ER”) is 60. Actor

Wallace Langham (“CSI”) is 58. Actor

John Barrowman (“Arrow”) is 56. Singer Lisa Loeb is 55. Actor Terrence Howard (“Empire”) is 54.

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