2009-03-11 / Opinion

MOMENTS IN TIME

• On March 12, 1933, eight days after his inauguration, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gives his first national radio address, or "fireside chat," broadcast directly from the White House. Roosevelt went on to deliver 30 more of these broadcasts between March 1933 and June 1944.

On March 13, 1781, English astronomer William Hershel discovers Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun. Herschel's discovery was the first to be made by use of a telescope, which allowed Herschel to distinguish Uranus as a planet, not a star, as previous astronomers believed.

• On March 15, 44 B.C., Julius Caesar, the "dictator for life" of the Roman Empire, is murdered by his own senators at a meeting in a hall next to Pompey's Theatre. The conspiracy against Caesar encompassed as many as 60 noblemen, including Caesar's own protege, Marcus Brutus.

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