Today's Holidays for March 26
Feast Day of St. Braulio Patron saint of Aragon, Spain.
Today's History Trivia for March 26
1992 Mike Tyson The boxer is sentenced to six years in prison and fined $30,000 for raping beauty contestant Desiree Washington.
1911 First black assistant U.S. attorney general William Henry Lewis of Massachusetts begins serving.
1889 First use of the term "fans" The Kansas Times and Star uses the term to describe baseball followers.
1872 Fire Extinguisher The first patent is issued to Thomas J. Martin.
1790 First naturalization act passed by Congress, provided for uniform naturalization based on a two year residency.
1788 Slavery Massachusetts prohibits slave trade.
Today's Birthdays for March 26
1986 Alan, Bret, Connor, Douglas, and Edward Jacobssen world's first test-tube quintuplets. Born in England, three months premature, the weighed between 1 pound 13½ ounces to 2 pounds 2 ounces.
1973 Larry Page American computer scientist, co-founder of Google (1998).
1957 Leeza Gibbons American reporter. TV: Entertainment Tonight (co-anchor).
1954 Curtis Sliwa American crime fighter, founder of the Guardian Angels (1978), an unarmed anti-crime unit.
1950 Teddy Pendergrass d. 2010 American singer. He was severely injured in an auto accident (1982), which paralyzed him from the chest down. Music: Never Knew Love Like This Before (1980).
1950 Martin Short Canadian-American Tony-Emmy-winning comedian. TV: Saturday Night Live and Ed Grimley on SCTV.
1949 Vicki Lawrence American actress. TV: Mama's Family (Mama). She also recorded the song The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia (1972).
1944 Diana Ross American singer, Supreme.
1943 Bob Woodward (Robert Upshur), American journalist. He and Carl Bernstein uncovered the Watergate scandal while working for the Washington Post.
1941 Richard Dawkins English evolutionary biologist, author. His book The Selfish Gene (1976) popularized the gene-centered view of evolution and coined the term meme, the behavioral equivalent of a gene. Writings: The Blind Watchmaker (1986, in which he argues against the watchmaker argument for the existence of a supernatural creator based upon the complexity of living organisms) and The God Delusion (2006).
1940 James Caan American actor. Film: Brian's Song (1971, the dying football player) and The Godfather (1972, Sonny Corleone).
1934 Alan Arkin American Tony-winning actor, director. Stage: Enter Laughing (1963, Tony). Film: Catch 22 (1970).
1931 Leonard Nimoy d. 2015 American actor, director. TV: Star Trek (Spock). Music: Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space (1967).
1930 Sandra Day O'Connor American lawyer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice. She was the first woman associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1981).
1923 Bob Elliott d. 2016 American Peabody-Emmy-winning comic actor, member of the radio comedy team Bob & Ray. TV: Get a Life (as the bathrobe-wearing father - he is also Chris' real-life father).
1911 Tennessee Williams d. 1983 (Thomas Lanier Williams), American Pulitzer-winning playwright. Writings: The Glass Menagerie (1944), A Streetcar Named Desire (1947, Pulitzer), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955, Pulitzer).
1908 Betty MacDonald d. 1958 American author. Writings: The Egg and I (1945), which was made into the 1947 film featuring Ma and Pa Kettle.
1874 Robert Frost d. 1963 American Pulitzer-winning poet. Writings: A Boy's Will and North of Boston.
1753 Sir Benjamin Thompson d. 1814 American-born British scientist. He proved that heat was not a form of liquid matter. He is also improved stoves and is credited with inventing thermal underwear.
Deaths for March 26
1993 "Wrong-Way"Roy Riegels b. 1908 American football player. During the 1929 Rose Bowl he ran 65 yards the wrong way. He was stopped six inches from the goal by his own teammate. A safety scored on a blocked punt the next play caused his team to lose (8-7). This is often considered the worst blunder in college football.
2011 Geraldine Anne Ferraro b. 1935 American politician. First female vice-presidential candidate for a major party (1984, Democratic).
2004 Jan Berry b. 1941 American singer, with Jan and Dean.
1996 Edmund S. Muskie b. 1914 American politician, Governor of Maine (1955-59), U.S. Senator (1959-80), and Secretary of State (1980-81).
1973 Sir Noel Pierce Coward b. 1899 English playwright, composer, actor, director. Writings: Mad Dogs and Englishmen.
1969 John Kennedy Toole b. 1937 American author. Writings: A Confederacy of Dunces (written in 1963, but not published until 11 years after he committed suicide), which won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
1923 Sarah Bernhardt b. 1844 (Rosine Bernard), French actress, called Divine Sarah. She is considered the first great actress to appear in a motion picture (1900). She suffered an injury to her knee when she leaped off the parapet during a performance of La Tosca. The mattress on which she was to land was misplaced, and she landed on the boards. This injury never healed properly, and led to the eventual amputation of her leg (1915). She continued her successful career after the amputation.
1902 Cecil John Rhodes b. 1853 English colonial statesman. He established Rhodesia and Rhodes scholarships. His will declared that his estate should be used to secure British world domination, and that Rhodes scholars should strive to unify English-speaking people.
1892 Walt Whitman b. 1819 American poet. Writings: Leaves of Grass.
1831 Richard Allen b. 1760 American clergyman. Born a slave, he helped establish the first African American U.S. church (1816), the African Methodist Episcopal Church of Philadelphia, of which he was bishop, making him the first African American bishop in the U.S. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church
1814 Joseph Ignace Guillotin b. 1738 French physician. His campaign for the use of a machine to provide humane executions led to the invention of the guillotine by a German mechanic.
1649 John Winthrop b. 1588 English colonizer. He was the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1630) and the first president of the united colonies of New England (1645).
752 Stephen b. ???? a Roman priest. He was elected pope but died several days later, before the beginning of his pontificate.