This Day in History: March 12th

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – FDR wants to chat by the fireside and Elizabeth Smart is finally found. All of this and more can be found in today’s edition of, “This Day in History”.

(AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
(AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

On this day in 1933, FDR conducted his 1st “fireside chat” just eight days after his inauguration. Roosevelt began that first address by simply asking: “I want to talk for a few minutes with the people of the United States about banking.”

On this day in 2003, nine months after being abducted at her family home, 15-year-old Elizabeth Smart was found in Sandy, Utah. Her alleged kidnappers, Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee, were charged with the kidnapping, burglary, and sexual assault.

On this day in 1993, The Blizzard of 1993 began across Central Alabama.

Also in 1993, Janet Reno was sworn in as the first female attorney general of the United States.

On this day in 1755, the first steam engine in America was installed. It was used to pump water from a mine.

(AP Photo/Barry Thumma)
(AP Photo/Barry Thumma)

On this day in 2013, the search for a new pope was officially underway as the Papal conclave began.

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