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March 12 – Today In History


We take a look at some of the events that occurred on March 12th.

Today In …

1894 - Coca-Cola soft drink was first sold in bottles.

1912 - The organization that we know today as the Girl Scouts was founded today.

1993 - Janet Reno became the first female U.S. Attorney General when she was sworn in today.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Pete Doherty the former front man for the band the Libertines was born in 1979.

Aaron Eckhart who starred in “Any Given Sunday” and “Thank You For Smoking” was born in 1968.

Barbara Feldon who appeared on TV’s “Get Smart” was born in 1932.

Steve Harris bass player and founding member of the band Iron Maiden was born in 1957.

Marlon Jackson one of the Jackson 5 was born in 1957.

Al Jarreau the musical artist behind “All I’ve Got” and the theme to TV’s “Moonlighting” was born in 1940.

Ron Jeremy renowned adult film actor as well as one of the star’s from TV’s “The Surreal Life” was born in 1953.

Jack Kerouac best known for his “On the Road” work was born in 1922.

Liza Minnelli the actress/singer/entertainer and Oscar winner who appeared in “Cabaret” and on TV’s “Arrested Development” was born in 1946.

Jane Pierce former First Lady and wife of the 14th U.S. President Franklin Pierce was born in 1806.

Darryl Strawberry the infamous baseball player was born in 1962.

Clement Studebaker creator of the Studebaker automobile was born in 1831.

James Taylor the legendary singer of the song “Fire and Rain” was born in 1948.

Mae Young the legendary women’s wrestler was born in 1923.

We Said Goodbye To…

John Cazale who is probably best remembered for his role as Fredo Corleone in the “Godfather” movies passed away in 1978 at the age of 42.

Morton Downey Jr. the infamous talk show host passed away in 2001 at the age of 67.

Maurice Evans who appeared on TV’s “Bewitched” and starred in the original “Planet of the Apes” passed away in 1989 at the age of 87.

Howard Fast the author of “Spartacus” passed away in 2003 at the age of 88.

Anne Frank the young girl known throughout the world for the diary she kept during the Holocaust passed away in 1945 at the age of 15.

Woody Hayes the renowned college football coach passed away in 1987 at the age of 74.

Richard Levinson who created such notable TV programs as “Columbo” and “Murder She Wrote” passed away in 1987 at the age of 52.

Charlie Parker the famed jazz musician and performer of the song “Ko-Ko” passed away in 1955 at the age of 34.

Lynne Thigpen the Tony award winning actress who starred on TV’s “The District” as well as in the movies “Lean on Me” and “Shaft” passed away in 2003 at the age of 54.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1983 - On The Country Charts – “The Rose” by Conway Twitty
1988 - “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley
1994 - “The Sign” by Ace of Base

In Print In…

1951 - The first comic strip featuring Dennis the Menace appeared today!

Famous Marriages

1969 - Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman.

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