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March 11 – Today In History


We take a look at some of the events that occurred on March 11th.

Today In …

1851 - Verdi’s “Rigoletto” was performed for the first time.

1985 - Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union.

1993 - The U.S. Senate confirmed Janet Reno for the position of Attorney General.

2004 - Explosions in Madrid’s train system killed 192 people.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Ralph Abernathy the Civil Rights leader was born in 1926.

Douglas Adams the author of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” was born in 1952.

Thora Birch who starred in “American Beauty” was born in 1982.

Sam Donaldson the newscaster and White House reporter was born in 1934.

Dorothy Gish the actress who appeared in the silent movie “Orphans of the Storm” was born in 1898.

Terrence Howard who starred in “Crash” and “Hustle and Flow” was born in 1969.

Anissa Jones the actress best known as Buffy from TV’s “Family Affair” was born in 1958.

Alex Kingston best known for her role as Dr. Corday on TV’s “ER” was born in 1963.

Johnny Knoxville star of “Jackass” and “The Dukes of Hazzard” was born in 1971.

Lisa Loeb the songstress behind the hit single “Stay” was born in 1968.

Bobby McFerren the singer of the hit song “Don’t Worry Be Happy” was born in 1950.

John McLean, U.S. Supreme Court Justice was born in 1785.

Ruport Murdoch the media mogul was born in 1931.

Christopher Rice author of “Density of Souls” and son of acclaimed writer Anne Rice was born in 1978.

Susan Richardson who starred on TV’s “Eight is Enough” was born in 1952.

Antonin Scalia the U.S. Supreme Court Justice was born in 1936.

Lawrence Welk the renowned bandleader was born in 1903.

We Said Goodbye To…

Dino Bravo the Canadian wrestler was found murdered in 1993. He was 43.

Richard E. Byrd acclaimed aviator and explorer of the North Pole passed away in 1957 at the age of 68.

Victor Kilian who starred on TV as well as in the film “Gentlemen’s Agreement” was murdered in 1979 at the age of 88.

Oscar Mayer the founder of Oscar Mayer Company which offered a variety of cured meats passed away in 1955 at the age of 95.

Slobodan Milosevic the former ruler of Serbia and Yugoslavia died in 2006 at the age of 64.

F.W. Murnau the legendary director of the silent film “Nosferatu” passed away in 1931 at the age of 42.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1967 - “Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone” by the Supremes
2006 - “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt

Musical Moments In…

1968 - The late Otis Redding garnered a gold record for the song “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”.

2000 - The rock band KISS kicked off their farewell tour in Phoenix, Arizona.

TV Moments In…

1989 - “COPS” premiered on TV.

In Print In…

1818 - Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was first published.

Famous Marriages

1302 - According to Shakespeare, this was the day that the infamous Romeo and Juliet were wed.

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