On this day: March 19

POSTED: 11:49 AM PDT Mar 14, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 18, 2014 

The Tuskegee Airmen are activated, Elvis buys Graceland, Bob Dylan releases his debut album, Texas Western makes college basketball history, and the invasion of Iraq begins, all on this day.

OTD March 19 - Iraq War
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Paul Morse/White House photo

2003: U.S. President George W. Bush announces that U.S. forces had launched a strike against "targets of military opportunity" in Iraq. The attack, using cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs, was aimed at Iraqi leaders, including Saddam Hussein, thought to be near Baghdad. A full-scale invasion would begin the next day.

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