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3/29/2021 12:17:00 AM
Today In History - March 29

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Today in History in 1788 Charles Wesley, the great hymn writer died; in 1795 Beethoven debuted as a pianist in Vienna; and in 1932 Jack Benny debuted on radio, on Ed Sullivan's New York interview program.

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

  • 1461 - Battle near Towton Field, 33,000 die (War of the Roses)
  • 1549 - The city of Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, is founded.
  • 1795 - Beethoven (24) debuts as pianist in Vienna
  • 1848 - Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam
  • 1901 - Edmund Barton is elected Prime Minister in Australia's first election of its parliament
  • 1912 - Captain Robert Scott, storm-bound in a tent near South Pole, makes last entry in his diary "the end cannot be far"
  • 1932 - Jack Benny debuts on radio, on Ed Sullivan's New York interview program
  • 1945 - Movie star Jimmy Stewart is promoted to full colonel, one of the few Americans to rise from private to colonel in four years
  • 1951 - Julius & Ethel Rosenberg are convicted of spying
  • 1959 - "Some Like It Hot", starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, is released
  • 1961 - After a 4½ year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted on treason charge
  • 1993 - Actress Elizabeth Taylor presented the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for work for AIDs causes at 65th Academy Awards
  • 1994 - Serbs & Croats signed a cease-fire to end the war in Croatia
  • 2004 - The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1790 - John Tyler, Charles City County Virginia, (D/W) 10th U.S. President (1841-1845)
  • 1867 - Cy Young [Denton True Young], Gilmore Ohio, American baseball pitcher (most wins in MLB history)
  • 1916 - Eugene McCarthy, Watkins Minn, (Sen-D-Minn, presidential candidate)
  • 1918 - Sam Walton, Kingfisher Oklahoma, billionaire CEO (Wal-Mart)
  • 1920 - John Belk, American head of Belk, Inc. (d. 2007)
  • 1945 - Walt "Clyde" Frazier, NBA guard (NY Knicks)
  • 1964 - Elle MacPherson, Austrailian super model and actress (Sirens), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1968 - Lucy Lawless, New Zealand actress and singer

Famous Weddings

  • 1813 - John Tyler (23) later 10th US President, marries 1st wife Letitia Christian Tyler (22)
  • 1929 - Actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (17) weds her dancing partner Jack Pepper (26)
  • 1943 - Author John Steinbeck (41) weds Gwyndolyn Conger
  • 1975 - Molecular biologist Peter Agre (26) weds Mary Macgill
  • 1997 - Actor Harry Hamlin weds actress Lisa Rinna

Famous Deaths

  • 1788 - Charles Wesley, hymn writer, dies
  • 1891 - Georges Seurat, French painter (Pointillism), dies at 31
  • 1912 - Robert Falcon Scott, British pole explorer, dies in Antarctica at 43
  • 1992 - Earl Spencer, father of Lady Diana, dies at 68
  • 1992 - Paul [G J von] Henreid, Austrian actor (Laszlo-Casablanca), dies at 84
  • 2014 - Hobart "Hobie" Alter, surf and sailing entrepreneur and pioneer who created the Hobie Cat, dies of cancer at 80

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