TODAY IN HISTORY
Today is Saturday, March 29, the 88th day of 2014. There are 277 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 29, 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted in New York of conspiracy to commit espionage. (They were executed in June 1953.)
On this date:
In 1638, Swedish colonists settled in present-day Delaware.
In 1790, the 10th president of the United States, John Tyler, was born in Charles City County, Va.
In 1812, the first White House wedding took place as Lucy Payne Washington, the sister of first lady Dolley Madison, married Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd.
In 1882, the Knights of Columbus was chartered in Connecticut.
In 1912, British explorer Robert Falcon Scott, his doomed expedition stranded in an Antarctic blizzard after failing to be the first to reach the South Pole, wrote the last words of his journal: “For Gods sake look after our people.”
In 1943, World War II rationing of meat, fats and cheese began.
In 1951, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The King and I” opened on Broadway.
In 1962, Jack Paar hosted NBC’s “Tonight” show for the final time, although the network aired a repeat the following night. (Johnny Carson debuted as host the following October.)
In 1971, Army Lt. William L. Calley Jr. was convicted of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai massacre. (Calley ended up serving three years under house arrest.) A jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. (The sentences were later commuted.)
In 1973, the last United States combat troops left South Vietnam, ending America’s direct military involvement in the Vietnam War.
In 1974, eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on federal charges stemming from the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University. (The charges were later dismissed.) Chinese farmers digging a well discovered the Terracota Warriors, an “army” of sculpted soldiers dating from the third century B.C.
In 1989, at the Academy Awards, “Rain Man” won best picture, best director for Barry Levinson and best actor for Dustin Hoffman; Jodie Foster won best actress for “The Accused.” (This was the Oscars ceremony that featured the notorious opening number with Rob Lowe and “Snow White.”)
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush welcomed seven former Soviet-bloc nations (Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Latvia and Estonia) into NATO during a White House ceremony. In a stinging rebuke, Secretary-General Kofi Annan fired one top U.N. official and demoted another for security failures leading to the August bombing of the U.N.’s Baghdad headquarters that killed 22 people. At least 19 people were killed in a wave of terrorist violence in Uzbekistan.
Today’s Birthdays: Political commentator John Mc-Laughlin is 87. Author Judith Guest is 78. Comedian Eric Idle is 71. Composer Vangelis is 71. Basketball Hall of Famer Walt Frazier is 69. Singer Bobby Kimball (Toto) is 67. Actor Bud Cort is 66. Actor Brendan Gleeson is 59. Actor Christopher Lawford is 59. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Earl Campbell is 59. International Gymnastics Hall of Famer Kurt Thomas is 58. Actor Christopher Lambert is 57. Rock singer Perry Farrell (Porno for Pyros; Jane’s Addiction) is 55. Comedian-actress Amy Sedaris is 53. Model Elle Macpherson is 51. Movie director Michel Hazanavicius (Film: “The Artist”) is 47. Rock singer-musician John Popper (Blues Traveler) is 47. Actress Lucy Lawless is 46. Country singer Regina Leigh (Regina Regina) is 46. Country singer Brady Seals is 45. Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is 43. Tennis player Jennifer Capriati is 38. Actor Chris D’Elia is 34. Pop singer Kelly Sweet is 26.