This Day in History: March 7

321 Roman Emperor Constantine I decrees that the Solis Invicti (sun-day) is the day of rest in the Empire.

1876 Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for the telephone in the US.

1936 Adolf Hitler violates the Treaty of Versailles and sends troops into the Rhineland, a demilitarized zone along Rhine river in western Germany.

1942 First cadets graduated from flying school at Tuskegee.

1969 Israel elected Golda Meir as the first female prime minister.

1994 US Navy issues 1st permanent order assigning women to combat ships.

1994 ANC chief Nelson Mandela rejects demand by white right-wingers for separate homeland in South Africa.

2010 82nd Academy Awards: “The Hurt Locker,” Jeff Bridges & Sandra Bullock win

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