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On this day: March 14

Published On: Mar 08 2013 01:54:35 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 14 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

America's first town hall meeting is held, Eli Whitney patents his cotton gin, Pan Am is incorporated, and JFK's body is moved to a permanent memorial, all on this day.

OTD March 14 - Norman Thagard
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1995: Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American astronaut to ride to space on board a Russian launch vehicle, doing so in the Soyuz TM-21 spacecraft for the Russian Mir-18 mission. Thagard spent 115 days on the Russian space station before returning to Earth with the space shuttle Atlantis on July 7, 1995.

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