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Wednesday, March 22

2009Mount Redoubt, a volcano in Alaska begins erupting after a prolonged period of unrest.
2006ETA, the armed Basque separatist group, declares a permanent ceasefire.
2006BC Ferries' ''M/V Queen of the North'' runs aground on Gil Island British Columbia and sinks; 101 on board, 2 presumed deaths.
2006Three Christian Peacemaker Team hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days of captivity and the death of their colleague, American Tom Fox.
2004Ahmed Yassin, co-founder and leader of the Palestinian Sunni Islamist group Hamas, two bodyguards, and nine civilian bystanders are killed in the Gaza Strip when hit by Israeli Air Force AH-64 Apache fired Hellfire missiles.
1997Tara Lipinski, age 14 years and 10 months, becomes the youngest champion women's World Figure Skating Champion.
1997The Comet Hale-Bopp has its closest approach to Earth.
1995Cosmonaut Valeriy Polyakov returns after setting a record for 438 days in space.
1993The Intel Corporation ships the first Pentium chips (80586), featuring a 60 MHz clock speed, 100+ MIPS, and a 64 bit data path.
1992USAir Flight 405 crashes shortly after liftoff from New York City's LaGuardia Airport, leading to a number of studies into the effect that ice has on aircraft.
 
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