We take a look at some of the events that occurred on March 26th.
Today In …
- Richard the Lionheart was fatally wounded by Pierre Basile during the siege of Chalus-Charbrol.
- Jonas Salk announced his discovery of the polio vaccine.
- The Israeli-Egyptian Peace Treaty was signed.
- The bodies of the Heaven’s Gate Cult members were found. Thirty-nine people perished.
- Vladimir Putin was elected President of Russia.
Sharing A Birthday Today…
former NFL running back and Super Bowl MVP was born in 1960.
the Oscar winning actor of “Little Miss Sunshine” was born in 1934.
who starred in “The Godfather” and “Misery” was born in 1940.
the popular singer of “Young” and “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” was born in 1968.
best known as Mark McCain from the TV western “The Rifleman” was born in 1946.
the author/poet whose works include “The Road Not Taken” was born in 1874.
daytime talk show host, TV personality and “Dancing with the Stars” alumni was born in 1957.
who starred in the hit film “Dirty Dancing” was born in 1960.
the food entrepreneur was born in 1880.
from TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy” was born in 1973.
who starred in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”, “Love Actually” and “Pride and Prejudice” was born in 1985.
who starred on TV’s “The Carol Burnett Show” and “Mama’s Family” and who also had a hit song with “The Nights the Lights Went Out in Georgia” was born in 1949.
the country music artist who had a hit single with “Paradise Tonight” was born in 1956.
who became known worldwide when she became trapped in a well in Midland, Texas at the age of 18 months was born in 1986.
who had hit singles with “Older Women” and “You’re Going to Ruin My Bad Reputation” was born in 1950.
the actor best known for his portrayal of Mr. Spock in “Star Trek” was born in 1931.
Sandra Day O’Connor
former U.S. Supreme Court Justice was born in 1930.
politician from California and first female Speaker of the House was born in 1940.
the legendary singer for the “Supremes” and popular solo artist with such hits as “Chain Reaction” as well as actress who starred in the movie “Lady Sings the Blues” for which she received an Oscar nomination was born in 1944.
the actor/comedian who starred on TV’s “Saturday Night Live” and “Primetime Glick” as well as the films “The Three Amigos” and “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” was born in 1950.
from “Rat Race” and TV’s “Felicity” and “Scrubs” was born in 1976.
front man for the rock band Aerosmith was born in 1948.
the Pulitzer prize winning writer of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, “The Glass Menagerie” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” was born in 1911.
We Said Goodbye To…
Ludwig van Beethoven
the world renowned composer of “Moonlight Sonata” and “Fidelio” passed away in 1827 at the age of 56.
one half of rock music’s Jan & Dean passed away in 2004 at the age of 62.
Frederick Louis Maytag
founder of the Maytag Company passed away in 1937 at the age of 79.
one of the co-founders of Hewlett-Packard passed away in 1996 at the age of 83.
the author of “O Captain! My Captain!” and “Leaves of Grass” passed away in 1892 at the age of 72.
Top Of The Charts On This Day In…
- “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” by Bill Hayes
- “Rich Girl” by Hall & Oates
- On The Country Charts – “Swingin’” by John Anderson
- “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson
TV Moments In…
- “Cannon” starring William Conrad premiered on CBS.
Movie Moments In...
- The rock opera “Tommy” starring rock legends The Who, Elton John, and Eric Clapton premiered in the United Kingdom.
In Print In…
- F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel “This Side of Paradise” was published.
(See Little Miss Sunshine Movie Mistakes
and my reviews of Love Actually
and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
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