Today in History: March 26

MT Vladimir Putin holding up his presidential candidacy card after registering to run in early elections at the Central Elections Commission on Feb. 15, 2000.
Thirteen years ago today, on March 26, 2000, Vladimir Putin was elected to his first term as president in a snap election called after the New Year's Eve resignation of Boris Yeltsin. Putin, a political unknown until Yeltsin tapped him as prime minister in summer 1999, won in the first round of voting with 53 percent.