March 28


1797 – Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine.

1865 – Outdoor advertising legislation was enacted in New York, NY. The law banned “painting on stones, rocks and trees”.

1885 – The Salvation Army was officially organized in the United States.

1898 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen. This meant that they could not be deported under the Chinese Exclusion Act.

1904 – The Great Flood of 1904 — The Grand River spills over the low lying areas of the city of Grand Rapids, MI. 2,500 houses are flooded. Half of the entire west side of the city was flooded.

1908 – Automobile owners lobbied Congress, supporting a bill that called for vehicle licensing and federal registration.

1917 – During World War I the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was founded.

1921 – President Warren Harding named William Howard Taft as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court.

1922 – Bradley A. Fiske patented a microfilm reading device.

1938 – In Italy, psychiatrists demonstrated the use of electric-shock therapy for treatment of certain mental illnesses.

1947 – The American Helicopter Society revealed a flying device that could be strapped to a person’s body.

1962 – The U.S. Air Force announced research into the use of lasers to intercept missiles and satellites.

1963 – Sonny Werblin announced that the New York Titans of the American Football League was changing its name to the New York Jets. (NFL)

1967 – Raymond Burr starred in a TV movie “Ironside.” The movie was later turned into a television series.

1971 – The final episode of TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show” aired.

1974 – A streaker ran onto the set of “The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson”.

1979 – A coolant leak at the Three Mile Island’s Unit 2 nuclear reactor outside Harrisburg, PA, led to the core overheating and a partial meltdown.

1986 – More than 6,000 radio stations of all formats played the song “We are the World” simultaneously at 10:15 a.m. EST.

1990 – Olympic runner Jesse Owens was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President George H.W. Bush.

2001 – Sean “Puffy Daddy” Combs announced that he’d like to be known as “P. Diddy.”

2006 – Destiny’s Child gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2010 – China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. signed a deal to buy Ford Motor Co.’s Volvo car unit.



Charlie McCoy 1941 – Country musician

Mike Newell 1942 – Director (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”)

Conchata Ferrell 1943 – Actress (TV’s “Two and a Half Men”)

Dianne Wiest 1948 – Actress (TV’s “Law and Order”, “In Treatment”, movies “Hannah and Her Sisters”, “Bullets Over Broadway”, “Parenthood”)

Reba McEntire 1955 – Actress, country singer (TV’s “Reba”)

Tracey Needham 1967 – Actress (TV’s “Life Goes On”, “JAG”, “The Division”)

Max Perlich 1968 – Actor (“Drugstore Cowboy”, “Blow”, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “Georgia”)

Brett Ratner 1969 – Director (“Rush Hour” film series, “The Family Man”, “Red Dragon”, “X-Men: The Last Stand”, “Tower Heist”)

Vince Vaughn 1970 – Actor (“Delivery Man”, “The Internship”, “Couples Retreat”, “Four Christmases”, “Fred Claus”, “The Dilemma”, “The Break-Up”, “Wedding Crashers”, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”, “Psycho”, “Swingers”, TV’s “True Detective: Season 2”)

Kate Gosselin 1975 – Reality star (TV’s “Jon and Kate Plus Eight”, “Dancing With the Stars: Season 10”)

Shanna Moakler 1975 – Former Miss USA, actress (TV’s “Pacific Blue”, “Meet the Barkers”, “Hollywood Exes”, “Dancing With the Stars: Season 2”)

Annie Wershing 1977 – Actress (TV’s “24”)

Julia Stiles 1981 – Actress (“Silver Linings Playbook”, the “Bourne” trilogy, “The Omen”, “O”, “Down to You”, “Save the Last Dance”, “Mona Lisa Smile”, TV’s “Dexter”)

Lady Gaga 1986 – Singer



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