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752 Mar 26
Pope Stephen II died 4 days after his election.
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1027 Mar 26
John XIX crowned Conrad II the Salier Roman German emperor.
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1798 Mar 26
Tunis, under the rule of Bey Hamuda Pasha, signed a treaty of peace and friendship with the US following negotiations with William Eaton. The American Revolutionary War veteran had been recently appointed consul to the North African kingdom.
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1804 Mar 26
Congress ordered the removal of Indians east of the Mississippi to Louisiana.
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1812 Mar 26
Earthquake destroyed 90% of Caracas; about 20,000 died.
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1821 Mar 26
Franz Grillparzer's "Das Goldene Vliess" premiered in Vienna.
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1827 Mar 26
Ludwig von Beethoven (56), German composer, died in Vienna.
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1836 Mar 26
Mexican Colonel Jose Nicolas de la Portilla received orders from Gen. Santa Anna in triplicate to execute his Texan prisoners at Goliad.
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1868 Mar 26
Fuad I, king of Egypt (1922-36), was born.
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1885 Mar 26
Louis Riel's forces defeated Canadian forces at Duck Lake, Saskatchewan.
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1902 Mar 26
Cecil John Rhodes (b.1853), British imperialist, died at age 48. He was buried in a tomb in the Matopos Hills, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). He had co-founded De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd., built great railways through southern Africa. Rhodes (founder of Rhodesia) left $10 million in his will to provide scholarships to Oxford University in England. The first scholars were selected in 1903. In 2008 Philip Ziegler authored “Legacy: Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes Trust and Rhodes Scholarships.”
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1911 Mar 26
Tennessee Williams (d.1983), American dramatist, was born in Columbus, Miss. His plays included "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "A Streetcar Name Desire."
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1913 Mar 26
The Balkan allies took Adrianople. Bulgaria captured Adrianople, ending the 1st Balkan War.
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1918 Mar 26
Col. Raynal Bolling (b.1877), architect of American air power in WWI and resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, was shot dead by a German patrol in France.
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1923 Mar 26
Actress Sarah Bernhardt (b.1844), born in Paris as Rosine Bernardt, died in Paris. In 2010 Robert Gottlieb authored “Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt.”
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1938 Mar 26
Herman Goering warned all Jews to leave Austria.
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1941 Mar 26
In Yugoslavia the pro-Axis Prince Paul was toppled in a palace revolution in Belgrade and Prince Peter was put in as head of state.
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1941 Mar 26
Clinton Richard Dawkins, British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science author, was born. He came to prominence with his 1976 book “The Selfish Gene,” which popularized the gene-centered view of evolution and introduced the term meme.
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1953 Mar 26
Eisenhower offered increased aid in Vietnam to France.
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1967 Mar 26
Pope Paul VI published encyclical Populorum progressio.
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1969 Mar 26
Marcus Welby MD, a TV movie was shown on ABC-TV. It began a popular series with Robert Young and ran to 1976.
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1969 Mar 26
Writer John Kennedy Toole (b.1937) committed suicide at the age of 32. His mother helped get his first and only novel, "A Confederacy of Dunces," published. It went on to win the 1981 Pulitzer Prize.
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1969 Mar 26
B. Traven (b.1890), novelist and short-story writer, died. He lived most of his life incognito in Mexico. His work included "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1934), "The Death Ship," The Rebellion of the Hanged" and "The General from the Jungle." In 1976 Michael L. Baumann authored "B. Traven, An Introduction." In 2000 Michael L. Baumann authored "Mr. Traven, I Presume."
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1969 Mar 26
The Nuclear reactor in Dodewaard, Netherlands, went into use.
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1969 Mar 26
Soviet weather Satellite Meteor 1 was launched.
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1970 Mar 26
"Minnie's Boys" opened at Imperial Theater in NYC for 80 performances.
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1970 Mar 26
The US conducted the Handley nuclear test in Nevada.
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1970 Mar 26
Peter Yarrow (b.1938), of the singing trio Peter, Paul & Mary, pleaded guilty to taking "immoral liberties" with a minor, referring to an incident between Mr. Yarrow and a 14-year old. He served 3 months in jail; 11 years later he was pardoned by President Carter.
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1971 Mar 26
East Pakistan proclaimed its independence, taking the name Bangladesh. [See Mar 21] This is considered the official Independence day of Bangladesh.
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1972 Mar 26
"Only Fools Are Sad" closed at Edison Theater in NYC after 144 performances.
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1972 Mar 26
Evil Knievel broke his collarbone after successfully clearing 13 cars.
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1973 Mar 26
The US soap opera "The Young and the Restless" premiered.
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1973 Mar 26
Ten newly elected lady members entered the London Stock Exchange on the first working day since their election took place. The decision to break a time-honored tradition and introduce equality was announced on 1 February and ended years of campaigning by women in the financial sector.
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1973 Mar 26
Noel Coward (b.1899), English gay playwright, died. He was called "The Master" and his work included "The Vortex," "Hay Fever," "Private Lives," "Brief Encounter" and "Blithe Spirit." In 1970 he was given knighthood. "Noel Coward: A Biography" by Philip Hoare was published in 1996. Another biography, "A Talent to Amuse" by Sheridan Morley, published in 1974, was recommended. In 2007 Barry Day edited “The Letters of Noel Coward.”
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1975 Mar 26
The film "Tommy" premiered in London.
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1975 Mar 26
The US ratified a ban on poison gas established in the Geneva Protocol. Production, stockpiling and the use of anthrax was outlawed by an int’l. treaty of chemical and biological weapons. 140 nations adopted the Int'l. Biological Weapons Convention, but these did not include Russia. The treaty had no organization, no budget, no sanctions and no inspections provisions.
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1975 Mar 26
Clela Rorex, Boulder, Colo., county clerk, allowed 6 same-sex couples to wed after changing the license application to read "person" rather than "male" and "female."
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1976 Mar 26
Paul McCartney and Wings released "Wings at the Speed of Sound" album.
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1976 Mar 26
In 2006 an NSA transcript from this day indicated that US Sec. of State Henry Kissinger was informed in the meeting by then-Assistant Secretary for Latin America William D. Rogers, that if the Argentine military regime succeeded (March 24 coup), it would make a "considerable effort to involve the United States — particularly in the financial field." Kissinger, the NSA's transcript further stated, responded, "Yes, but that is in our interest."
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1977 Mar 26
Rose Bird (1936-1999) was sworn in as Chief Justice of California. She had been confirmed on March 12.
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1977 Mar 26
Elvis Costello released his 1st record "Less Than Zero."
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1979 Mar 26
In the 41st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship the Michigan State Spartans beat the Indiana State Sycamores, 75-64, as Magic Johnson outscored Larry Bird, 24-19; this snapped Indiana State's 33-game win streak. In 2009 Seth Davis authored “When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball.”
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1979 Mar 26
The Camp David peace treaty was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at the White House. [see Sep 5-17, 1978] Under the historic peace accord, Israel and Egypt agreed to operate flights between the countries.
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1981 Mar 26
A jury in Los Angeles awarded entertainer Carol Burnett $1.6 million from the "National Enquirer" for an article she’d charged was libelous. The award was later reduced, and the two parties settled out of court.
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1981 Mar 26
Police and Albanian demonstrators battled in Kosovo.
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1982 Mar 26
Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder released "Ebony & Ivory" in the UK.
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1982 Mar 26
The American soap opera "Capitol" premiered and ran for 1270 episodes.
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1982 Mar 26
Ground was broken in Washington D.C. for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial designed by Maya Lin of Yale. It was dedicated Nov 13.
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1983 Mar 26
US performed a nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
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1983 Mar 26
Anthony Blunt (b.1907), art historian and one of Britain's most notorious Cold War spies, died in London. In a memoir published in 2009 he admitted that spying for Russia was "the biggest mistake of my life." He had written his memoirs, with the stipulation they should not published until a quarter of a century after his death.
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1984 Mar 26
US Congress established the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to distribute funds for wildlife and environmental projects.
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1987 Mar 26
"Fences" by August Wilson (1945-2005) premiered in NYC.
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1987 Mar 26
National Federation of High Schools adopted college 3 point shot (21 feet). The FIBA instituted the three-point shot at a distance of 20 feet, 6 inches (6.25 meters) in the international game in 1984.
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1987 Mar 26
Jessica Hahn, the former church secretary who admitted to a sexual encounter with former PTL head Jim Bakker, told reporters she had not tried to blackmail Bakker, and expressed concern about "innocent bystanders who have been hurt" by the scandal.
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1987 Mar 26
NASA launched Fltsatcom-6, but it failed after 51 seconds due to lightning.
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1988 Mar 26
Jesse Jackson stunned fellow Democrats by soundly defeating Michael S. Dukakis in Michigan's Democratic presidential caucuses.
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1989 Mar 26
The first free elections took place in the Soviet Union. Boris Yeltsin was elected. Voters in the Soviet Union filled 1,500 of more than 2,000 seats in the new Congress of People's Deputies, beginning embarrassing defeats for the Communist Party.
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1990 Mar 26
"Driving Miss Daisy" won best picture at the 62nd annual Academy Awards and captured the best actress prize for Jessica Tandy; Daniel Day-Lewis was named best actor for "My Left Foot."
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1990 Mar 26
Designer Halston died in San Francisco at age 57.
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1991 Mar 26
Mali became a democracy after a Revolution. Gen. Amadou Toumani Toure seized power in a coup. Prior to the period of French colonialism, each of 12 ethnic groups governed itself.
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