On this day..... March 21

 

MARCH 21ST

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL COUNTDOWN DAY (3…2..1)
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL SINGLE PARENT DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL KICK BUTTS DAY
 
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL FRENCH BREAD DAY
  • TODAY IS THE FEAST DAY OF ST. BENEDICT
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
  • TIMOTHY DALTON (1946, 72)
 
  • EDDIE MONEY (1949, 69)
 
  • GARY OLDMAN (1958, 60)
 
  • MATTHEW BRODERICK (1962, 56)
 
  • ROSIE O’DONNELL (1962, 56)
 
  • KEVIN FEDERLINE (1978, 40)
 
  • ADRIAN PETERSON (1985, 33)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1610, KING JAMES I ADDRESSES THE ENGLISH HOUSE OF COMMONS
  • IN 1617, POCAHONTAS DIES AT 22
  • IN 1788, A FIRE IN NEW ORLEANS BURNS DOWN OVER 850 BUILDINGS
  • IN 1826, LUDWIG VON BEETHOVEN PREMIERES HIS “STRING QUARTET #13”
 
  • IN 1865, GENERAL SHERMAN WINS THE BATTLE OF BENTONVILLE AND COMPLETES HIS CONQUEST OF THE SOUTH IN THE CIVIL WAR
  • IN 1891, THE FEUD OF THE HATFIELDS AND THE MCCOYS IN WEST VIRGINIA ENDS AFTER 20 YEARS WHEN A HATFIELD MARRIES A MCCOY
 
  • IN 1924, KENTUCKY MANDATES DAILY READING OF THE BIBLE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
  • IN 1925, TENNESSEE SIGNS THE BUTLER ACT INTO LAW TO PREVENT THE TEACHING OF EVOLUTION IN SCHOOLS
  • IN 1935, PERSIA OFFICIALLY ADOPTS THE NAME IRAN
  • IN 1944, GENERAL DWIGHT EISENHOWER OPTS TO POSTPONE HIS SEIGE OF SOUTHERN FRANCE TO FOCUS ON NORMANDY
 
  • IN 1945, HUMPHREY BOGART (44) MARRIES 20 YEAR OLD LAUREN BACALL
  • IN 1947, PRESIDENT TRUMAN SIGNS AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT REQUIRES ALL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES TO “HAVE ALLEGIANCE TO THE UNITED STATES”
  • IN 1951, JULIUS AND ETHEL ROSENBERG ARE CONVICTED OF ESPIONAGE
 
  • IN 1961, ART MODELL BUYS THE CLEVELAND BROWNS FOR JUST UNDER $4 MILLION
  • IN 1963, 20 YEAR OLD BARBRA STREISAND MARRIES 24 YEAR OLD ELLIOT GOULD
  • IN 1963, THE PRISON AT ALCATRAZ IS CLOSED IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY
  • IN 1963, BOXER DAVEY MOORE HITS HIS HEAD ON THE BOTTOM RING DURING A FIGHT. HE LAPSES INTO A COMA AND DIES, LEADING TO BOXING ADDING A 4TH ROPE. THE EVENT LEADS TO THE BOB DYLAN SONG “WHO KILLED DAVEY MOORE”
 
  • IN 1964, THE BEATLES HIT #1 WITH “SHE LOVES YOU”. THEY REPLACE THEMSELVES AT THE TOP OF THE CHART HAVING JUST FINISHED A SEVEN WEEK RUN WITH “I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND”
  • IN 1965, DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BEGINS HIS MARCH FROM SELMA TO MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
  • IN 1966, THE US SUPREME COURT OVERRULES THE MASSACHUSETTS SUPREME COURT WHICH RULED THAT “FANNY HILL” IS OBSCENE. THE NOVEL, WRITTEN BY JOHN CLELAND IN 1748 IS PROPERLY TITLED “MEMOIRS OF A WOMAN OF PLEASURE, VOL. 1”
 
  • IN 1970, SAN DIEGO HOSTS ITS FIRST EVEN COMIC-CON
  • IN 1972, THE SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN A LAW REQUIRING A CITIZEN TO RESIDE IN A STATE FOR ONE YEAR BEFORE GAINING VOTING RIGHTS
  • IN 1973, A RIOT DURING A DAVID CASSIDY PERFORMANCE LEADS TO THE BBC BANNING ALL “TEENY BOPPER” PERFORMANCES
  • IN 1980, J.R. IS SHOT ON “DALLAS”
 
  • IN 1981, REO SPEEDWAGON HITS #1 WITH “KEEP ON LOVING YOU”
  • IN 1981, THE KKK LYNCHED 19 YEAR OLD MICHAEL DONALD IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA. IT IS THE LAST KNOWN LYNCHING BY THE KKK
 
  • IN 1982, JOHN HUSTON’S “ANNIE” OPENS IN THEATRES
  • IN 1983, TIME MAGAZINE RECALLS ITS ENTIRE PRINTING FOR THE ONLY TIME EVER DUE TO A TYPO ON THE COVER WHICH MISSPELLS THE WORD “CONTROL”
 
  • IN 1984, THE NFL PASSES A RULE BANNING TOUCHDOWN CELEBRATIONS
  • IN 1987, US HITS #1 ON THE ALBUM CHART WITH “THE JOSHUA TREE”
 
  • IN 1989, POPEYE’S CHICKEN BUYS CHURCH’S CHICKEN COMBINING THEIR STORES TO NUMBER OVER 2000. THE BOTCHED MERGER LED TO A BANKRUPTCY IN 1991
  • IN 1994, DUDLEY MOORE IS ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT AFTER HITTING HIS GIRLFIEND
  • IN 1994, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN WINS AN OSCAR FOR “STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA”
 
  • IN 1994, WAYNE GRETZKY SCORES HIS 801ST GOAL, TYING GORDIE HOWE’S RECORD
  • IN 1995, NEW JERSEY NAMES A REST STOP AFTER HOWARD STERN
  • IN 2000, N’SYNC RELEASES “NO STRINGS ATTACHED”, THE BILLBOARD ALBUM OF THE YEAR
 
  • IN 2001, MICHAEL JACKSON’S INTERIOR DESIGNER TELLS A NEWSPAPER THAT HE KEEPS 17 LIFE SIZED DOLLS (BOTH ADULTS & CHILDREN) IN HIS BEDROOM FOR “COMPANY”
  • IN 2003, WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN ARI FLEISHER DECLARES THAT THE US HAS “NO QUESTION THAT WE HAVE EVIDENCE” OF IRAQ’S WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
  • IN 2008, ROBIN WILLIAMS’ WIFE MARSHA FILES FOR DIVORCE AFTER 19 YEARS
  • IN 2014, RUSSIA FORMALLY ANNEXES CRIMEA
  • IN 2017, FUGEE’S SINGER WYCLEF JEAN IS WRONGLY IDENTIFIED AS A SUSPECT BY LOS ANGELES COUNTY POLICE, HANDCUFFED AND DETAINED
 

TRIVIA:

WHAT TWO AMERICAN FIRST LADIES ARE BOTH DESCENDANTS OF POCAHONTAS AND HER SECOND HUSBAND JOHN ROLFE?


 

EDITH WILSON AND NANCY REAGAN

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