March 15 – Today In History

March 15 – Today In History
We take a look at some of the events that occurred on March 15th.

Today In …

1820 - Maine officially became the 23rd U.S. State.

1937 - Chicago, Illinois was the location for the opening of the first blood bank!

1956 - “My Fair Lady” opened on Broadway.

1989 - The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs was established.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Eva Amurri the actress who appeared in the films “Dead Man Walking” and “Saved!” was born in 1985.

Sean Biggerstaff who portrayed Oliver Wood in the “Harry Potter” movies was born in 1983.

David Cronenberg the man behind the camera of such movies as “The Fly” and “A History of Violence” was born in 1943.

Terence Trent D’Arby who had a hit song with “Wishing Well” was born in 1962.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg the U.S. Supreme Court Justice was born in 1933.

Judd Hirsch who starred on TV’s “Taxi” and “Numb3rs” was born in 1935.

Andrew Jackson the 7th President of the United States was born in 1767.

Fabio Lanzoni a.k.a. Fabio, the Italian model was born in 1959.

Phil Lesh a member of the iconic rock band The Grateful Dead was born in 1940.

Eva Longoria from TV’s “Desperate Housewives” was born in 1975.

Mike Love one of the original members of rock ‘n’ roll’s The Beach Boys was born in 1941.

Mark McGrath of the rock band Sugar Ray was born in 1968.

Bret Michaels the front man for the rock band Poison was born in 1963.

Rockwell who had a hit song with “Somebody’s Watching Me” was born in 1964.

Lawrence Sanders the author of “First Deadly Sin” was born in 1920.

Carl Smith the legendary singer of “Let’s Live a Little” was born in 1927.

Dee Snider the front man for the rock band Twisted Sister was born in 1955.

Sly Stone of rock music’s Sly and the Family Stone was born in 1944.

Jimmy Swaggart the televangelist was born in 1935.

Lawrence Tierney who starred in “Born to Kill” and “Reservoir Dogs” was born in 1919. from the hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas was born in 1975.

We Said Goodbye To…

Julius Caesar the infamous Roman General and politician was assassinated in 44 BC at the age of 55.

Gail Davis who starred as TV’s “Annie Oakley” passed away in 1997 at the age of 72.

Duncan Hines passed away in 1959 at the age of 78. The Duncan Hines food products are named after him.

H.P. Lovecraft the science fiction author and writer of “Call of C’thulu” passed away in 1937 at the age of 46.

Aristotle Onassis the Greek shipping magnate and former husband of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis passed away in 1975 at the age of 74.

Benjamin Spock the physician and writer of children’s health books passed away in 1998 at the age of 92.

Ann Southern who starred in the film “The Whales of August” and on TV’s “The Ann Southern Show” passed away in 2001 at the age of 92.

Lester Young the famous jazz musician passed away in 1959 at the age of 49.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

Musical Moments In…

1955 - The hit song “Ain’t That a Shame” was recorded by Fats Domino.

Movie Moments In...

1972 - “The Godfather” starring Marlon Brando premieres.

TV Moments In…

1971 - CBS announced that it was canceling the long running “Ed Sullivan Show”.

1977 - “Eight is Enough” premiered on ABC TV.

Famous Marriages

1964 - Today marked the first official marriage between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The two would later divorce and then remarry.

Special Observances

Today is the Ides of March!

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