March 28

TODAY IN HISTORY:

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 spilled over the low lying areas of the city of Grand Rapids, MI. 2,500 houses were 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.

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

1999 – The animated TV series “Futurama” debuted.

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

2006 – Destiny’s Child received 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.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Charlie McCoy – 77 years old (1941) – Country musician

Mike Newell – 76 years old (1942) – Director (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”)

Conchata Ferrell – 75 years old (1943) – Actress (TV’s “Two and a Half Men”)

Dianne Wiest – 70 years old (1948) – Actress (TV’s “Law and Order”, “In Treatment”, movies “Hannah and Her Sisters”, “Bullets Over Broadway”, “Parenthood”)

Reba McEntire – 63 years old (1955) – Actress, country singer (TV’s “Reba”)

Tracey Needham – 51 years old (1967) – Actress (TV’s “Life Goes On”, “JAG”, “The Division”)

Max Perlich – 50 years old (1968) – Actor (“Drugstore Cowboy”, “Blow”, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “Georgia”)

Brett Ratner – 49 years old (1969) – Director (“Rush Hour” film series, “The Family Man”, “Red Dragon”, “X-Men: The Last Stand”, “Tower Heist”)

Vince Vaughn – 48 years old (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 – 43 years old (1975) – Reality star (TV’s “Jon and Kate Plus Eight”, “Dancing With the Stars: Season 10”)

Shanna Moakler – 43 years old (1975) – Former Miss USA, actress (TV’s “Pacific Blue”, “Meet the Barkers”, “Hollywood Exes”, “Dancing With the Stars: Season 2”)

Annie Wershing – 41 years old (1977) – Actress (TV’s “24”)

Julia Stiles – 37 years old (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 – 32 years old (1986) – Singer

 

TODAY IS:

Black Forest Cake Day

Manatee Appreciation Day

Something On A Stick Day

Weed Appreciation Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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