On This Day..... March 26

MARCH 26TH

  • TODAY IS EPILESPY AWARENESS DAY / PURPLE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL SPINACH DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL NOUGAT DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • ROBERT FROST (1874-1963)
  • TENNESSEE WILLIAMS (1911-1983)
  • WILLIAM WESTMORELAND (1914-2005)
  • SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR (1930, 88)
  • LEONARD NIMOY (1931-2015)
  • ALAN ARKIN (1934, 84)
  • MAHMOUD ABBAS (1935, 83)
  • JAMES CAAN (1940, 78)
  • NANCY PELOSI (1940, 78)
  • BOB WOODWARD (1943, 75)
  • DIANA ROSS (1944, 74)
  • STEVEN TYLER (1948, 70)
  • VICKI LAWRENCE (1949, 69)
  • MARTIN SHORT (1950, 68)
  • TEDDY PENDERGRASS (1950-2010)
  • ELAINE CHAO (1953, 65)
  • LINCOLN CHAFEE (1953, 65)
  • CURTIS SLIWA (1954, 64)
  • LEEZA GIBBONS (1957, 61)
  • MICHAEL IMPERIOLI (1966, 52)
  • KENNY CHESNEY (1968, 50)
  • LARRY PAGE (1973, 45)
  • KEIRA KNIGHTLEY (1985, 33)
  • JONATHAN GROFF (1985, 33)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1649, GOVERNOR JOHN WINTHROP OF MASSACHUSETTS DIES AT 61
  • IN 1788, MASSACHUSETTS OUTLAWS THE SLAVE TRADE
  • IN 1790, CONGRESS PASSES THE NATURALIZATION ACT WHICH REQUIRES TWO YEARS OF RESIDENCY TO BECOME A CITIZEN
  • IN 1812, BETWEEN 15,000 AND 20,000 PEOPLE DIE IN A 7.7 EARTQUAKE WHICH DESTROYS 90% OF CARACAS, VENEZUELA
  • IN 1827, LUDWIG VON BEETHOVEN DIES AT 56 OF LIVER DAMAGE FROM EXESSIVE DRINKING
  • IN 1830, THE BOOK OF MORMON IS FIRST PUBLISHED
  • IN 1845, THE “ADHEVISE MEDICATED PLASTER” IS PATENTED. IT WOULD LATER BE REFORMULATED INTO THE MODERN DAY “BAND-AID”
  • IN 1872, THOMAS MARTIN PATENTS THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER
  • IN 1942, GENERAL ERWIN ROMMEL BEGINS THE GERMAN OFFENSIVE IN NORTH AFRICA
  • IN 1953, DR. JONAS SALK ANNOUNCES HE HAS FOUND A VACCINE FOR POLIO
  • IN 1955, BILL HAYES’ “THE BALLAD OF DAVY CROCKETT” HITS #1 ON THE CHARTS
  • IN 1962, THE SUPREME COURT CONFIRMS THE “ONE MAN-ONE SEAT” METHOD OF APPROPRIATION OF STATE LEGISLATURE SEATS
  • IN 1966, NEW YORK, WASHINGTON DC AND CHICAGO ALL HOLD LARGE SCALE ANTI-VIETNAM PROTESTS
  • IN 1969, A TV MOVIE ABOUT A DOCTOR NAMED MARCUS WELBY, MD DID SO WELL THAT IT WAS TURNED INTO THE PILOT FOR A TV SERIES
  • IN 1969, MARVIN GAYE HIT #1 WITH “I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE”
  • IN 1970, PETER YARROW OF PETER, PAUL AND MARY PLEADS GUILTY TO “TAKING IMMORAL LIBERTIES” WITH A 14 YEAR OLD GIRL
  • IN 1973, “THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS” DEBUTS ON CBS
  • IN 1976, QUEEN ELIZABETH II SEND OUT THE FIRST OFFICIAL “ROYAL E-MAIL”
  • IN 1977, ELVIS COSTELLO RELEASES HIS DEBUT ALBUM “LESS THAN ZERO”
  • IN 1977, DR. JAMES DOBSON FOUNDS THE FOCUS ON THE FAMILY
  • IN 1977, HALL AND OATES STARTED A THREE WEEK RUN AT #1 WITH “RICH GIRL”
  • IN 1979, EGYPT AND ISRAEL SIGN A PEACE TREATY IN WASHINGTON DC
  • IN 1980, THE POLICE ARE THE FIRST BAND TO PLAY A ROCK CONCERT IN INDIA IN TEN YEARS
  • IN 1982, WASHINGTON DC BREAKS GROUND FOR THE VIETNAM WAR MEMORIAL
  • IN 1982, PAUL MCCARTNEY AND STEVIE WONDER RELEASE “EBONY AND IVORY”
  • IN 1985, RADIO STATIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA BAN STEVIE WONDER MUSIC AFTER HE DEDICATES HIS ACADEMY AWARD TO NELSON MANDELA
  • IN 1987, AUGUST WILSON PREMIERES “FENCES” ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1989, BORIS YELTSIN WINS THE FIRST FREE ELECTIONS IN THE USSR
  • IN 1992, MIKE TYSON IS SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN JAIL FOR THE RAPE OF DESIREE WASHINGTON
  • IN 1995, RAPPER EAZY-E DIES AT 31 OF AIDS
  • IN 1997, 39 PEOPLE COMMIT SUICIDE IN THE HEAVEN’S GATE CULT
  • IN 1999, DR. JACK KEVORKIAN IS FOUND GUILTY OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER FOR ASSISTING IN THE SUICIDE OF A TERMINALLY ILL MAN
  • IN 2005, “DOCTOR WHO” RESUMES PRODUCTION AFTER 16 YEARS ON HIATUS WITH CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON TAKING OVER THE ROLE OF THE DOCTOR
  • IN 2012, JAMES CAMERON DIVES TO CHALLENGER DEEP AND IS THE FIRST PERSON TO BE AT THE DEEPEST POINT ON EARTH IN OVER 50 YEARS
  • IN 2013, ARIANA GRANDE RELEASES HER DEBUT SINGLE “THE WAY”

  • IN 2016, SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS WINS THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES IN WASHINGTON, HAWAII AND ALASKA
  • IN 2017, ANTI-PUTIN OPPOSITION LEADER ALEXEI NAVALNY IS ARRESTED IN RUSSIA AS PART OF ANTI-CORRUPTION PROTESTER ROUNDUPS

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