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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Today in history—March 23

1775: Virginia attorney Patrick Henry gives a speech before the Virginia House of Burgesses.  "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

1839: The Boston Morning Post records the first use of "O.K." to mean "all correct."

1857: Elisha Otis installs the world’s first passenger elevator at E.V. Haughwout’s Emporium, a glass and porcelain dealer, at 488 Broadway, New York City.

1868: The University of California, the second-oldest state university in California (after San Jose State) is founded. State Chief Justice Serranus Clinton Hastings will give it a law school in San Francisco in 1878.

1903: Orville and Wilbur Wright apply for a patent for their newfangled flying machine.

1956: José Manuel Durão Barroso (Lisbon Law 1978), a law and political science professor who will go on to be prime minister of Portugal and President of the European Commission, is born at Lisbon.

1983: President Reagan announces plans to develop a space-based system to protect the United States from nuclear attack, a system its opponents promptly dub "Star Wars."

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