Today In History - Wednesday, March 12th
A Helicopter Crash off the coast of Newfoundland kills 16.
Tung Chee Hwa, the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong, steps down from his post after his resignation is approved by the Chinese central government.
A President of South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun, is impeached by its national assembly for the first time in the nation's history.
Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia, is assassinated in Belgrade.
Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.
The Church of England ordains its first female priests.
Several bombs explode in Bombay (Mumbai), India, killing about 300 and injuring hundreds more.
North Korea nuclear weapons program: North Korea says that it plans to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and refuses to allow inspectors access to its nuclear sites.
The Blizzard of 1993 - Snow would begin to fall across the eastern portion of the US with tornadoes, thunder snow storms, high winds and record low temperatures. The storm would last another 30 hours before it left the US.
Mauritius becomes a republic while remaining a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.
John Cazale Dies today of Bone Cancer
The March 12 Memorandum, is sent to the Demirel government of Turkey and the government resigns.
Mauritius achieves independence.
Suharto takes over from Sukarno to become President of Indonesia.
The Truman Doctrine is proclaimed to help stem the spread of Communism.
Winter War: Finland signs the Moscow Peace Treaty with the Soviet Union, ceding almost all of Finnish Karelia. Finnish troops and the remaining population are immediately evacuated.
Anschluss: German troops occupy Austria.
Konstantin Päts and General Johan Laidoner stage a coup in Estonia, and ban all political parties.
Great Depression: Franklin D. Roosevelt addresses the nation for the first time as President of the United States. This was also the first of his "fireside chats".
Mahatma Gandhi leads a 200-mile march, known as the ''Dandi March'', to the sea in defiance of British opposition, to protest the British monopoly on salt.
In California, the St. Francis Dam fails, killing over 600 people.
Moscow becomes the capital of Russia again after Saint-Petersburg held this status for 215 years.
Canberra Day: The future capital of Australia is officially named Canberra. (Melbourne remained temporary capital until 1927 while the new capital was still under construction.)
The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts of the USA) are founded in the United States.
In Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA, Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time.
Andrew Watson makes his Scotland debut as the world's first black international football player and captain.
Henry O'Farrell attempts to assassinate Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.
The Filippo Taglioni ballet ''La Sylphide'' receives its première performance at the Paris Opéra.
New Jersey becomes a colony of England.
Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, is canonized a saint by the Catholic Church.
Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths ends his siege of Rome and retreats to Ravenna, leaving the city in the hands of the victorious Roman general, Belisarius.