On this day: March 14

Published On: Mar 08 2013 01:54:35 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 14 2016 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 - Wolfgang Petersen
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1941: Film director and screenwriter Wolfgang Petersen, who was nominated for two Academy Awards for the 1981 World War II submarine warfare film "Das Boot," is born in Emden, Lower Saxony, Germany. Petersen is also known for directing movies such as "The NeverEnding Story," "In the Line of Fire," "Air Force One" and "The Perfect Storm." He's seen here on the set of "In the Line of Fire" with Clint Eastwood.

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