Today's History Trivia for March 29
1992 Clinton Admits Marijuana Use U.S. Presidential candidate Bill Clinton states, "…when I was in England I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn't like it. I didn't inhale it, and never tried it again." In 2010, a former Oxford classmate would claim in his memoirs that Clinton didn't inhale because he preferred marijuana brownies.
1989 Michael Milken The "Junk Bond King" is indicted on 98 charges of securities fraud, racketeering, mail fraud, etc. He would later plead guilty, serve 22 months in jail, and pay $1.1 billion in fines.
1985 Desperately Seeking Susan premiers starring Madonna.
1973 Vietnam War The last U.S. prisoners of war held by Communist forces in Vietnam are released and the last U.S. troops are withdrawn from South Vietnam.
1973 Cover of the Rolling Stone Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show make the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Their song lamenting their inability to get on the Cover of the Rolling Stone was released just months earlier. But did he buy five copies for his mother?
1967 Desegregation Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas are ordered by the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to complete school desegregation by the fall term.
1961 23rd Amendment ratified, providing electors for the District of Columbia.
1951 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg The couple, along with Morton Sobell, are convicted of selling top secret information to the Soviets. The Rosenbergs were executed in 1953, making them the first U.S. citizens executed for treason during peace time and the first married couple executed together in the U.S.
1889 First electric-chair execution William Kemmler of New York murders his common-law wife with a hatchet, for which he was executed the following year.
1871 London's Royal Albert Hall opens.
1812 First wedding in the White House President Madison's sister-in-law (she was also the widow of George Washington's nephew) marries U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd.
1807 The only asteroid visible to the naked eye Vesta is discovered by Wilhelm Olbers of Germany. It was the fourth asteroid discovered.
Today's Birthdays for March 29
1790 John Tyler d. 1862 10th U.S. President (1841-45) and 10th U.S. Vice-President (1841). He took office after President Harrison died after having served only 31 days. He was the first U.S. President to marry while in office and the only President to elope (1844), and the first President to decline to run for a second term. Siding with South during the Civil War, he was elected to the House of Representatives of the Confederate Congress, but died before he could take office.
1957 Christopher Lambert French actor. Film: Greystoke: Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984, title role), Highlander (1986, title role), and Mortal Kombat (1995, thunder god Raiden).
1948 Bud Cort (Walter Edward Cox), American actor. Film: Harold and Maude (1971, Harold) and M.A.S.H. (1972, Pvt. Boone).
1943 Eric Idle British comedian. TV: Monty Python's Flying Circus.
1937 Billy Carter d. 1988 American personality, ex-President Jimmy Carter's brother.
1925 Bobby Hutchins d. 1945 (Robert E. Hutchins), American actor. Wheezer of The Little Rascals, he appeared in 58 Our Gang films.
1918 Samuel Moore Walton d. 1992 American businessman, founder of Wal-Mart Discount City and Sam's Wholesale.
1918 Pearl Bailey d. 1990 Tony Award-winning actress, singer, noted for her role in the all-black version of Hello Dolly!
1917 Man o' War d. 1947 thoroughbred race horse. Won 20 of 21 races from 1919-20 and was named the greatest race horse of the first half of the century.
1916 Eugene McCarthy d. 2005 U.S. Senator (1959-71). In 1968, he ran against incumbent Lyndon Johnson in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, with the intention of influencing the government to curtail its involvement in the Vietnam War. A number of antiwar activists cut their long hair and beards in order to campaign for McCarthy door-to-door, leading to the slogan "Get clean for Gene."
1905 Philip Ahn d. 1978 (Pil Lip Ahn), American actor. He was the first Asian-American film actor to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. TV: Kung Fu (Master Kan).
1888 James E. Casey d. 1983 American businessman, founder of United Parcel Service (UPS).
1867 Cy Young d. 1955 (Denton True Young), American baseball Hall of Famer, winningest baseball pitcher ever with 511 wins.
1853 Elihu Thomson d. 1937 English-born engineer and inventor. He was awarded over 700 patents and invented the recording wattmeter used in electricity usage meters.
1819 Edwin Laurentine Drake d. 1880 American oil industry pioneer. He was the first to use pipes to drill oil and drilled the first productive U.S. oil well (1859, near Titusville, Pennsylvania). While others grew rich from the oil industry he started, he died broke.
Deaths for March 29
2016 Patty Duke b. 1946 (Anna Marie Duke), American Oscar-Emmy-winning actress. She portrayed Helen Keller in the Broadway (1959) and film (1962, Oscar) versions of The Miracle Worker. TV: The Patty Duke Show.
1992 Paul Henried b. 1908 (Paul George Julius von Henried), Italian-born American actor. Film: Casablanca (1943, Victor Laszlo).
1985 The Singing Nun b. 1933 (Jeannine Deckers), Belgian nun. Her song Dominique (1963) went to #1 on the U.S. charts.
1903 Gustavus Franklin Swift b. 1839 American merchant, founder of Swift and Co. He developed refrigerated railroad cars.
1788 Charles Wesley b. 1707 English clergyman and hymnist. He helped his brother John establish Methodism and wrote over 6,500 hymns including Hark, the Harold Angels Sing. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church
1058 Stephen IX b. ???? religious leader, 154th Pope (1057-58).