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Today in history…

…in 44 BCE* Julius Caeser, dictator of Rome for life, is assassinated in a conspiracy led by Cassius and Brutus.

…in 1912 CE** Judson Lawrence Brown was born in Kluckwan, a small Tlingit village 40 miles from Haines, Alaska. He was the first Native person to attend an integrated school in Alaska. Brown was the first Alaska Native to serve as mayor of Haines and served two terms.

 …in 1917 CE Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicates after the February Revolution, ending 1000 years of Imperial Rule.
*BCE (Before Common Era) is used in place of BC (Before Christ); for more info click here.
**CE (Common Era) is used in place of AD (Anno Domini / The year of the Lord); for more info click here.

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Translation: Barbarism has no religion, no culture, and no race.  No to terrorism.  Not in our name.  Muslim Youth of Madrid.

On March 11, 2004, ten bombs were planted on commuter trains traveling in the Madrid metro area.  Set off during the morning rush hour, they killed 191 and wounded 1,800 passengers and bystanders.  Initially, the Basque separatist organization ETA was suspected.  After a thorough investigation, the attacks were attributed to an al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist group.  This marked the first time an Islamic extremist group committed acts of terrorism on European soil and is still considered the worst terrorist attack in the history of Spain (and Europe).

Also on this day (from the BBC):

On March 11, 1941, the United States Congress passes the Lend-Lease Bill, authorizing huge war loans to Britain and the Soviet Union.

On March 11, 1985, reformer Mikhail Gorbachev is confirmed as the Soviet Union’s new (and ultimately final) leader.