Today in History


By the Associated Press

Today is Monday, March 28, the 88th day of 2016. There are 278 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On March 28, 1941, novelist and critic Virginia Woolf, 59, drowned herself near her home in Lewes, East Sussex, England.

On this date:

In 1834, the U.S. Senate voted to censure President Andrew Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.

In 1854, during the Crimean War, Britain and France declared war on Russia.

In 1896, the opera “Andrea Chenier,” by Umberto Giordano, premiered in Milan, Italy.

In 1898, the Supreme Court, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruled that a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen.

In 1930, the names of the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara.

In 1935, the notorious Nazi propaganda film “Triumph des Willens” (Triumph of the Will), directed by Leni Riefenstahl, premiered in Berlin with Adolf Hitler present.

In 1955, John Marshall Harlan II was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1965, an earthquake of magnitude 7.4 struck La Ligua, Chile, leaving about 400 people dead or missing, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

In 1969, the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, died in Washington, D.C. at age 78.

In 1979, America’s worst commercial nuclear accident occurred with a partial meltdown inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania.

In 1987, Maria von Trapp, whose life story inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music,” died in Morrisville, Vermont, at age 82.

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the widow of U.S. Olympic legend Jesse Owens.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush replaced longtime chief of staff Andy Card with budget director Joshua Bolten. More than a million people poured into streets across France while strikers disrupted air, rail and bus travel in the largest nationwide protest over a youth labor law. The Kadima (kuh-DEE’-muh) Party won Israel’s parliamentary elections. Former Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger died in Bangor, Maine, at age 88.

Five years ago: Vigorously defending American attacks in Libya, President Barack Obama declared in a nationally broadcast address that the United States intervened to prevent a slaughter of civilians; yet he ruled out targeting Moammar Gadhafi, warning that trying to oust him militarily would be a mistake as costly as the war in Iraq.

One year ago: Afghanistan’s highest court ruled that the police officer convicted of murdering Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus (AHN’-yuh NEE’-dring-hows) and wounding AP correspondent Kathy Gannon should serve 20 years in prison. Two Russians and an American floated into the International Space Station, eight hours after launching from Russia’s space facility in Kazakhstan; Mikhail Kornienko and Scott Kelly spent 342 days aboard the orbiting laboratory, while Russia’s Gennady Padalka stayed for six months.

Today’s Birthdays: Former White House national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski (ZBIG’-nyef breh-ZHIN’-skee) is 88. Author Mario Vargas Llosa is 80. Country musician Charlie McCoy is 75. Movie director Mike Newell is 74. Actress Conchata Ferrell is 73. Actress Dianne Wiest (weest) is 70. Country singer Reba McEntire is 61. Olympic gold medal gymnast Bart Conner is 58. Rapper Salt (Salt-N-Pepa) is 50. Actress Tracey Needham is 49. Actor Max Perlich is 48. Movie director Brett Ratner is 47. Country singer Rodney Atkins is 47. Actor Vince Vaughn is 46. Rapper Mr. Cheeks (Lost Boyz) is 45. Actor Ken L. is 43. Singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson is 43. Rock musician Dave Keuning is 40. Actress Annie Wersching is 39. Actress Julia Stiles is 35. Singer Lady Gaga is 30.

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