783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy
1872 -Congress made 1,221,773 acres of public land in the
area of what was later the states of Wyoming, Montana, and
Idaho as America's first national park - Yellowstone National
Park. Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square
1692 - In Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony,
Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba, an Indian slave from
Barbados, were accused of witchcraft, beginning the Salem
Witchcraft Trials. Assuming those convicted were not practicing
the dark arts, 19 innocent women and men were killed as a
result of the trials.
1910 - An avalanche in Wellington, Washington took The
Great Northern Railroad's westbound Spokane Express and the
Wellington Train Station. 96 people were killed.
1932 - The Lindbergh Kidnapping - Charles Lindbergh III,
the 20-month-old son of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh, was
kidnapped from the family's new mansion in Hopewell, New Jersey.
1961 - President John F. Kennedy issued an executive order
establishing the Peace Corps.
1971 - A bomb exploded in the Capitol building in Washington,
DC, but hurt no one. A group callined the "Weather Underground"
claimed credit for the bombing, which was done in protest
of the ongoing US supported Laos invasion.
1971 - James Taylor made the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine,
spotlighting "The New Rock: Bittersweet and Low"
1983 Swatch watches were introduced. I'm still looking
to replace my wife's black face, black band, black hands edition.
1991- Clarissa Explains It All debuted on Nickelodeon
1996 - The news was revealed that 1 billion households
worldwide owned a television set
2007 - Chiller debuted on cable television
1807 - The US Congress passes an act to "prohibit the
importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction
of the United States... from any foreign kingdom, place, or
1944 - Train #8017 stopped in a tunnel near Salerno, Italy,
and more than 500 people on board suffocated and died. In
the midst of WW II, the story was very much covered up by
the Italian government.
1960 - Lucille Ball filed for divorce from Desi Arnaz,
ending their marriage as wellas the 'Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz
Show' franchise on CBS.
1962 - Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a single basketball
game against the New York Knicks. Final score: 169-147, at
the Hershey Arena. Although there were only about 6,000 tickets
sold, guesstimates are that almost 50% of male sports fans
born in the Philadelphia area between 1925 and 1958 claim
to have been at the event.
1978 - Charlie Chaplin's body was stolen from a cemetery
in the Swiss village of Corsier-sur-Vevey, near Lausanne,
Switzerland. The grave robbers (and the re-buried body) were
found a few weeks later.
1985 - Sheena Easton the first and still only recording
artist to score top-10 singles on all five major Billboard
singles charts: Pop, Country, Dance, Adult Contemporary and
R&B with her hit "Sugar Walls."
2009 - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon premiered on NBC
1873 - US Congress passed the 'Comstock Law', making it
illegal to send any "obscene, lewd, or lascivious"
books through the mail.
1915 - 'Birth Of a Nation' made it's east coast debut in
1931 - President Herbert Hoover made Francis Scott Key's
"The Star-Spangled Banner" the official national
anthem of the United States.
1951 - Watch Mr. Wizard debuted on NBC
1952 - In a 6-3 decision, the US Supreme Court upheld a
New York state law that prohibited communists from teaching
in public schools.
1985 - Moonlighting premiered on ABC
1991 - Rodney King was severely beaten by police officers
in Los Angeles, CA. The footage was filmed by observers and
then broadcast on television in the U.S. The incident led
to massive riots by African-Americans in the city of Los Angeles.
1997 - Daria premiered on MTV
1789 - The federal government under the US Constitution
began, replacing the Articles of Confederation.
1944 - Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, the head of Murder,
Inc., was executed by electric chair at Sing Sing Prison in
1966 - John Lennon was quoted as saying " "Christianity
will go, it will vanish and shrink... We're more popular than
Jesus now," in reference to religion fading in the western
1975 - The first People's Choice Awards was shown on CBS
1982 - Police Squad! premiered on ABC, lasting 6 episodes,
but the concept was made into several very successful "Naked
Gun" feature films
1985 - Robotech premiered, in syndication
1955 - Elvis Presley appeared on Louisiana Heyride on local
television (Shreveport, Louisiana)
1963 - Invented in 1958 by Arthur K. Melin and Richard
Knerr, the Hula Hoop was patented (#3,079,728)
1969 - In Florida, the Dade County Sheriff's Office issued
an arrest warrant for Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison charging
him with a single felony count and three misdemeanors for
his performance at a Miami concert a few days earlier. Specifically,
"lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent exposure, profanity,
2002 - The Osbournes debuted on MTV
857 - The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the
Dred Scott v. Sandford case. It stated that anyone brought
into the United States as a slave, or their descendants, could
never be a United states citizen. The court of public opinion
disagreed very vocally a few years later.
899 - Bayer registered Asperin as a trademark. Asperin is
considered by many to be the first wonder drug.
1836 - The Battle of the Alamo took place
1964 - Nation of Islam's Elijah Muhammad officially gave
boxing champion Cassius Clay the name of Muhammad Ali.
1981 - Walter Cronkite resigned as main anchorman of The
CBS Evening News
1983 - Country Music Television (CMT) began
1994 - Liquid Television on MTV ended
2000 - Mobile Suit Gundam Wing debuted on The Cartoon Network
2001 - Napster began to block the transfer of copyrighted
material over its peer-to-peer network. In July 2001, Napster
shut down its entire network
1876 - Alexander Graham Bell received his patent for (#174,465)
1987 - Mike Tyson defeated James "Bonecrusher"
Smith to unify the WBA and WBC heavyweight titles.
2011 - Charlie Sheen was officially fired from Two and
a Half Men.
1669 - Mount Etna, on the island of Sicily, began erupting
and over the next several weeks killed over 20,000 people.
1950 - The the 'Volkswagen Type 2', known as the VW Bus,
was produced for the first time.
1968 - Bill Graham's Fillmore East opened in New York City.
1971 - Muhammad Ali lost to Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier
in the "Fight of the Century" at Madison Square
Garden in New York City.
1993- Beavis and Butt-Head premiered on MTV
2006 - Top Chef debuted on Bravo
1841 The US Supreme Court ruled that the African slaves
who seized control of the Amistad slave ship had been illegally
forced into slavery, and thus were free under American law.
1957 (Earthquake) Andreanof Islands, Alaska
1959 - Barbie debuted. Barbie's appearance was modeled
on a doll named Lilli, which was based on a racy German comic
1985 - The Tyler Civitan Club were the first to partake
in the Adopt-a-Highway Sign Program, erected on Texas's Highway
1989 - A Geomagnetic Storm affected Quebec's electricy
1997 - Christopher Wallace, AKA Biggie Smalls, AKA the
Notorious B.I.G., was shot to death at a stoplight in Los
Angeles. Rapper Suge Knight has been eyed as the killer. Suge
was also accused of running over (and killing) Terry Carter
in January, 2015.
2009 - Castle premiered on ABC
1906 - An underground fire sparked a massive explosion that
virtually destroyed a vast maze of mines in Courrieres, France,
that killed over 1,000 workers.
1926 - Lolly Willowes, or 'The Loving Huntsman', was the
first Book-of-the-Month Club selection, published by Viking
1978 - The Incredible Hulk premiered on CBS
1983 - MTV broadcasted the video of Michael Jackson's song
"Billie Jean" for the first time
1997 - Buffy, The Vampire Slayer premiered on The WB, based
on the 1992 movie.
1818 - Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by 21-year-old
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, was published. It is recognized
as world's first science fiction novel.
888 - Great Blizzard of 1888, east coast, USA
1918 - The influenze epidemic of 1918 began in Fort Riley,
Kansas. 20 million people world-wide died from the disease.
1974 - The children's special 'Free to Be... You and Me',
produced by Marlo Thomas, aired on ABC.
1989 - COPS debuted on FOX. It was one of theearliest 'reality
1997 - 'Sir' Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth
II for his "services to music."
2011 (Earthquake) Coastal Honshu, Japan
2011 - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster, Japan
1928 - St. Francis Dam collapsed San Francisquito Canyon,
1933 - New resident Franklin D. Roosevelt gae his first
national radio address or "fireside chat," from
the White House.
1993 - '93 Superstorm stretched from the Gulf of Mexico
to the northeastern US. 318 were killed.
2003 - 15-year-old Elizabeth Smart was found in Sandy,
Utah, nine months after being abducted from her Salt Lake
2003 - The Dixie Chicks' lead singer, Natalie Maines siad,
in an interview with The Gaurdian "Just so you know,
we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war,
this violence. And we're ashamed the President of the United
States is from Texas." That lead to aa firestorm revolt
from many of their fans.
2008 - Hulu opened online
1781 - German-born English astronomer William Hershel discovered
868 - Impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson began. He was
found 'not guilty.'
1969 - Disney's 'The Love Bug' opened in theaters.
1950 - The Federal Bureau of Investigation instituted the
"Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list (1950-2009 list
1958 - The Recording Industry Association of America awarded
hfirst Gold Record (500,000 sold) to Perry Como for 'Catch
A Falling Star.'
2011 - Aflac fired Gilbert Gottfried for an offensive online
tweet about the Japan earthquake
44 BC - Gaius Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the
Roman Senate house, by 60 conspirators led by Marcus Junius
Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus.
1806 - A chondrite meteorite, carrying carbon-based, organic
chemicals, was identified for the first time. Found outside
Alais, France, the organic chemicals it carried suggested
the possibility of life on whatever body was the source, somewhere
out in space.
1977 - Eight Is Enough & Three's Company debuted on
1850 - Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Scarlet Letter' was published.
1926 - American Robert H. Goddard launched the world's
first liquid-fueled rocket at Auburn, Massachusett. It reached
a height of 41 feet.
1945 - Tsutomu Yamaguchi was the only individual who witnessed
and survived both atom bombs in Japan, Hiroshima on August
6th, and Nagasaki on August 9.
1978 - The Amoco Cadiz wrecked off the coast of Portsall,
France, spilling 68 million gallons of oil.
2005 - Robert Blake, star of the 1970s television detective
show Baretta, was aquitted of the murder of his 44-year-old
wife, Bonny Lee Bakley.
461 - Saint Patrick died in Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.
1762 - The first parade Saint Patrick (the patron saint of
Ireland) was held by Irish soldiers serving in the British
army in New York City.
1901 - 11 years after his suicide, 71 paintings by Vincent
van Gogh were shown at the Bernheim-Jeune gallery in Paris.
1852 - Henry Wells and William G. Fargo founded Wells, Fargo
1911 - Irving Berlin copyrighted the fitst mega-pop hit,
'Alexander's Ragtime Band.'
1925 - Tri-State Tornado (Missouri–Illinois–Indiana) killed
1975 - McLean Stevenson's character (Lt. Colonel Henry
Blake ) died in the M*A*S*H episode "Abyssinia, Henry",
its third season finale
1981 - The Greatest American Hero debuted on NBC
1984 - Miss America, Vanessa Williams became even more
well known when she becomes the first Miss America to resign
after old nude photos of her appeared in "Penthouse"
magazine. She has gone on to prove herself as a first class
actress and singer. That particular issue is also noted for
being the first issue with a man on the cover (George Burns),
and an underage Traci Lords is the nude centerfold. It is
illegal to own, or even look inside, this issue in most countries,
including the United States.
2005 - The Suite Life of Zack & Cody premiered on The
1842 - French writer Honore de Balzac's play Les Ressources
de Quinola opened to an empty house due to a publicity stunt.
He had earlier announced that the show had sold out, so nobody
actually bought any tickets.
1931 - The Nevada state legislature votes to legalize gambling
1957 - Graceland was on 13.8 acre estate, and sold for
$102,500 to Elvis Presley.
1979 - C-Span was launched
1983 - First Lady Nancy Reagan made an appearance on an
episode of Diff'rent Strokes, beginning her Just Say No anti-drug
1987 - Televangelist Jim Bakker resigned as the host of
The PTL Club after involvement in a sex scandal
1345 - According to scholars at the University of Paris,
the Black Death was created today, from what they called "a
triple conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars in the 40th
degree of Aquarius, occurring on the 20th of March 1345."
Actually, the bubonic plague came from infected fleas from
sickened and dead rats.
1852 - Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel, Uncle
Tom's Cabin, was published.
1854 - In Ripon, Wisconsin, former members of the Whig Party
formed the Republican Party.
1982 - Rock Guitarist Randy Rhodes died in a plane crash.
1995 - The Aum Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth) cult released
sarin gas into the Tokyo subway system, killing a dozen people
and sickening thousands.
1952 - Hosted by Alan Freed, first major rock-and-roll show,
the Moondog Coronation Ball,was held in Cleveland, Ohio.
1963 - Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay closed and
transfered its remaining prisoners.
1965 - Martin Luther King Jr., and 3200 civil rights demonstrators
began a historic march from Selma, Alabama to the state capitol
1980 - "Who shot J.R.? On the season finale of Dallas,
J. R. Ewing was shot by an unseen assailant. The following
season we found out that it was Kristin Shepard, J.R.’s mistress
1980 - President Jimmy Carter announced that the United
States would boycott the Olympic Games scheduled to take place
in Moscow that summer.
1894 - the first championship series for Lord Stanley’s
Cup was played in Montreal, Canada. The Montreal HC (Montreal
Hockey Club) won the first cup.
1933 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Beer
and Wine Revenue Act, putting a federal tax on all alcoholic
beverages, although prohibition was still in effect until
1972 - The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by the U.S.
Senate and sent to the states for ratification. It never gained
the 38 states neccessary to become part of the US Constitution.
1978 - The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash aired on NBC
893 (Earthquake) Iran
1839 - The initials "O.K." were first published
in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for "oll
correct," a popular slang misspelling of "all correct"
at the time.
1913 (Tornado) Omaha, Nebraska
1982 - Joanie Loves Chachi premiered on ABC
1983 - President Ronald Reagan introduced the Strategic
Defense Initiative (SDI) now called "star wars"
to the American discussion.
1998 - James Cameron's Titanic won 11 Academy Awards
1955 - Tennessee Williams' play 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'
opens in New York,
1958 - Elvis Presley (serial number 53 310 761) was inducted
into the U.S. Army
1989 - The Exxon Valdez, captained by Joseph Jeffrey Hazelwood,
hit Prince William Sound, spilling 11,000,000 gallons of Alaskin
1993- Doogie Howser, M.D. aired its final episode
2005 - The Office premiered on NBC
2006 - Hannah Montana premiered on The Disney Channel
1911 - The Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York
City, killing 145 workers. The disaster helped bring forth
more laws and regulations protecting employees.
1982 - Cagney & Lacey premiered on CBS
1984 - Television special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today,
Forever introduced Micheal jackson's 'moonwalk' during his
performance of "Billie Jean."
2001 - Bjork wore her now-famous 'swn dress' to the Oscars.
2002 - The Bachelor premiered on ABC
1872 (Earthquake) Owens Valley, California killed 30 people.
1920 - 'This Side of Paradise' by F. Scott Fitzgerald was
1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk announced that he had successfully
tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes
1993 - The last new episode of The Family Feud with host
Ray Combs aired
1997 - After the 1995 discovery of the comet Hale-Bopp,
39 mimbers of the the 'Heaven's Gate' cult commited suicide
to more quickly join the aliens on the 'other side' of the
1973 - Native American actress Sacheen Littlefeather went
to podium for Marlon Brando to decline his "Best Actor"
Oscar for his performance in 'The Godfather.'
1983 - The Thornbirds miniseries ran March 27-30 on ABC
1998 - The FDA approved Viagra. It seems like the commercials
were running a lot longer than that.
1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy
1920 - Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford got married;
it was the first high profile celebrity wedding.
1960 - Stanley Kramer was the first to get his star on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1964 (Earthquake) Alaska - the 8.4 on the Richter scale
quake killed 125 people.
1979 - Three Mile Island Nuclear Disaster happened when
a pressure valve in the Unit-2 reactor at Three Mile Island
failed to close.
2005 (Earthquake) Nothern Sumatar, Indonesia
1998 - BBC America made its debut on digital cable
2009 - In a very unusual political/business situation,
Rick Wagoner, the chairman and chief executive of General
Motors, resigned at the request of President Obama's administration.
2006 Queen Elizabeth II pronounced the singer 'Sir' Tom
Jones a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the
2010 - Fox Reality Channel was replaced with Nat Geo Wild
on cable television
1966 - The special Color Me Barbra, with Barbra Streisand,
aired on CBS.
1981 - President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest outside
a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley Jr. He later tols
his wife, Nancy, ''Honey, I forgot to duck."
1990 - in Belgium, several UFOs were seen on radar and
were chased by two Belgian Air Force F-16's
2001 - The Fairly Odd Parents and Invader Zim premiered
1836 - The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, by Charles
Dickens, was published under his pseudonym, Boz.
1943 - Formanlly called 'Away We Go' in the initial tryout
runs, 'Oklahoma!' opened on Broadway.
1957 - Julie Andrews starred in Cinderalla, on CBS
1959 - The Dalai Lama, fled the Chinese suppression of
a national uprising in Tibet and crossed the border into India,
where he is granted political asylum.
1987 - Max Headroom premiered on ABC
1994- Madonna appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman
and stirred up controversy by going on a profanity-laden tirade.
It marked the most censored event in television talk show
history with 13 swear words being censored.
1995- Latina singer Selena was murdered and the live coverage
of the crime drew in over 3.2 million views to CBS.