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March 16 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on March 16th.

Today In …

1802 - West Point was founded.

1915 - The Federal Trade Commission was established today.

1968 - Robert Kennedy announced his candidacy for President.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Erik Estrada the actor best known for his work on TV’s “Chips” was born in 1949.

Flavor Flav a member of rap music’s Public Enemy and star of VH1’s “Flavor of Love” was born in 1959.

Victor Garber who starred in the 1997 blockbuster “Titanic” and on TV’s “Alias” was born in 1949.

Lauren Graham star of TV’s “Gillmore Girls” and the movie “Bad Santa” was born in 1967.

Jerry Lewis the actor/comedian/entertainer who starred in the original “Nutty Professor” and also hosts the annual Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day Telethon was born in 1926.

James Madison the 4th President of the United States was born in 1751.

Josef Mengele who became known as the “Angel of Death” for his deadly human experiments at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp was born in 1897.

Conrad Nagel who appeared in “All That Heaven Allows” was born in 1897.

Kate Nelligan who appeared in “Cider House Rules” and “U.S. Marshals” was born in 1950.

Pat Nixon former First Lady and wife of the 36th U.S. President Richard M. Nixon was born in 1912.

Georg Simon Ohm the renowned German physicist was born in 1789.

Rodney Peete the former NFL quarterback was born in 1966.

Kevin Smith best known for his role as Ares on TV’s “Xena: Warrior Princess” was born in 1963.

Alan Tudyk who starred on TV’s “Firefly” and in the movie “Dodgeball: An Underdog Story” was born in 1971.

Jerry Jeff Walker the singer/songwriter of “Mr. Bojangles” was born in 1942.

Nancy Wilson the guitarist and vocalist for the rock band Heart was born in 1954. Wilson is married to director Cameron Crowe and has made cameo appearances in a few of his films.

Chuck Woolery TV personality and game show host was born in 1941.

We Said Goodbye To…

Judge Roy Bean the popular Old West figure passed away in 1903 at the age of 77.

Rachel Corrie the political activist was killed in 2003 at the age of 24.

Thomas Dewey lawyer/politician and former Presidential nominee passed away in 1971 at the age of 68.

Arthur Godfrey the actor and TV host passed away in 1983 at the age of 79.

Norma MacMillan who voiced such characters as Gumby and Casper the Friendly Ghost passed away in 2001 at the age of 80.

Tammi Terrell who sang on “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” passed away in 1970 at the age of 25.

T-Bone Walker the famed blues musician passed away in 1975 at the age of 64.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1968 - “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding
2002 - On The Country Charts – “The Cowboy In Me” by Tim McGraw

Musical Moments In…

1991 - Seven members of Reba McIntire’s band were killed when their chartered plane crashed in California.

In Print In…

1850 - “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne was first published.

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