3/28/2020 12:01:00 AM Today In History - March 28
Reprinted By Permission From OnThisDay.com
Today in History in 1881 "Greatest Show On Earth" was formed by PT Barnum and James A. Bailey; in 1944 Astrid Lindgren sprained an ankle and began writing Pippi Longstocking; and in 1972 Wilt Chamberlain played his last pro basketball game.
Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
364 - Roman Emperor Valentinian I apoints his brother Flavius Valens co-emperor.
845 - Paris is sacked by Viking raiders, probably under Ragnar Lodbrok, who collects a huge ransom in exchange for leaving.
1854 - Britain & France declare war on Russia (Crimean War)
1881 - "Greatest Show On Earth" was formed by PT Barnum & James A Bailey
1939 - Spanish Civil War ends, Madrid falls to Francisco Franco
1944 - Astrid Lindgren sprains ankle & begins writing Pippi Longstocking
1946 - Cold War: The United States State Department releases the Acheson-Lilienthal Report, outlining a plan for the international control of nuclear power.
1972 - Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game
2013 - Pope Francis becomes the first Pope to wash the feet of women in the Maundy Thursday service
1868 - Maxim Gorky [Alexei Maximovich Peshkov], Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Empire, Russian playwright and author (Mother and The Lower Depths)
1905 - Marlin Perkins, Carthage Mo, TV host (Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom)
1941 - Charlie McCoy, Oak Hill WV, harmonica player (Hee Haw)
1948 - Dianne Wiest, KC MO, actress (Hannah & Her Sisters, Footloose)
1955 - Reba McEntire, McAlester Ok, country singer (Can't Even Get the Blues)
1970 - Vince Vaughn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, American actor (Swingers, Wedding Crashers)
1981 - Julia Stiles, New York City, NY, American actress (Bourne series, Save the Last Dance)
1986 - Lady Gaga [Stefani Germanotta], New York, singer/songwriter (Bad Romance)
1837 - German composer Felix Mendelssohn (27) marries Cécile Jeanrenaud (20)
1870 - Impressionist Painter Claude Monet (29) weds model Camille Doncieux in Paris
1920 - Actor Douglas Fairbanks marries actress Mary Pickford
1948 - Musician Nat King Cole (29) weds jazz singer Maria Hawkins (25) at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York
1957 - Jazz musician Billie Holiday (41) weds mafia enforcer Louis McKay
1849 - Dutch princess Marianne & Prince Albert of Prussia separate
1941 - Virginia Woolf-Stephen [Adeline], author (To Lighthouse), dies from suicide at 59
1953 - Jim Thorpe, versatile American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 64
1969 - Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th US President (R, 1953-61) and WWII general, dies of a congestive heart failure at 78
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