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3/26/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - March 26
Leonard Nimoy, American actor(Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible),born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
Leonard Nimoy, American actor
(Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible),
born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)

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Today in History in 1812 an earthquake destroyed most of Caracas, Venezuela; in 1874 poet Robert Frost was born; in 1931 actor Leonard Nimoy was born; and in 1953 Dr. Jonas Salk announced a vaccine to prevent polio.

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:

Historical Events

  • 1027 - John XIX crowns Conrad II Holy Roman Emperor, founder of the Salian dynasty
  • 1812 - Earthquake destroys 90% of Caracas, Venezuela; about 20,000 die
  • 1871 - Paris Commune founded
  • 1909 - In support of Mohammed Ali Shah's coup d'etat against the constitutional government in Persia, a Russian military force invades northern Persia to relieve the siege of Tabriz
  • 1942 - First "Eichmann transport" to Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps
  • 1945 - Iwo Jima occupied, after 18,000 Japanese & 6,000 Americans killed
  • 1953 – Dr. Jonas Salk announces vaccine to prevent polio

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1874 - Robert Frost, SF, poet (Mending Wall, Road Not Taken)
  • 1911 - Tennessee Williams, Columbus Miss, playwright (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)
  • 1919 - Strother Martin, Kokomo Ind, actor (Cool Hand Luke, Slapshot)
  • 1931 - Leonard Nimoy, American actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1944 - Diana Ross, [Earle], (Supremes, Lady Sings Blues, Mahogany), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1948 - Steven Tyler, rock vocalist (Aerosmith-Janie Got a Gun), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 - Vicki Lawrence, Inglewood Ca, actress (Carol Burnette, Mama's Family)
  • 1950 - Martin Short, Hamilton Ontario, comedian (SNL, SCTV, 3 Amigos)
  • 1972 - Jon Reep, American comedian and actor
  • 1985 - Keira Knightley, English actress (Bend It Like Beckham, Pirates of the Caribbean), born in London, England

Famous Weddings

  • 1771 - Political activist Thomas Paine (34) weds second wife Elizabeth Ollive
  • 1938 - Writer Walter Lippmann (48) weds second wife Helen Byrne Armstrong
  • 1965 - Playwright Tom Stoppard (28) weds nurse Josie Ingle
  • 1967 - NBA forward Elvin Hayes (21) weds college sweetheart Erna Livingston
  • 1979 - Comedic actor Bob Denver (44) weds fourth wife Dreama Peery

Famous Deaths

  • 1649 - John Winthrop, Puritan & 1st Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, dies at 61
  • 1827 - Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer (Appassionata), dies at 56
  • 1892 - Walt Whitman, American poet, dies in Camden, NJ at 72

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