March 13, 1868: The Senate impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson began. The House of Representatives had already impeached the president on 11 counts of trying to fire War Secretary Edwin Stanton and for violating post-war Reconstruction Acts. After a dramatic two-month Senate trial, Johnson was acquitted by a single vote. Bill Clinton is the only other president to have been impeached.
March 13, 1901: Benjamin Harrison died. He was the 23rd president, serving between 1889 and 1893. Harrison was the grandson of William Henry Harrison, the only presidential grandfather-grandson combination.
Quote of the day
"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world." — Benjamin Harrison
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