Tuesday, December 11, 2018

March 19th Happenings


2013 In Rome, Italy, the papal inauguration ceremony for Pope Francis is held in St. Peter's Square; hundreds of thousands attend
2012 After two decades of being closed due to civil war, the Somali National Theater reopens in Mogadishu 
2012 Wendy's overtakes Burger King as the second best-selling hamburger chain in the USA
2011 The moon appears 30% brighter and 14% larger than at its furthest point; it reaches its closest point to Earth since 1993
1997 Supreme Court hears Internet indecency arguments - I wonder what the examples looke like.
1996 Winnie Mandela divorces Nelson after 38 years of marriage
1995 5 die by poison gas in Japanese subway
1995 Arizona outside of Phoenix begins using new area code 520
1994 2500 kilograms of cocaine intercepted in Zeewolde Netherlands - That's more than my pickup can carry!
1994 Largest omelet (1,383 ft) made with 160,000 eggs in Yokohama Japan - That's more than my pickup can carry!
1993 Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White announced plans to retire
1992 British Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson announce separation - Divorced in 1996 - ran out of money - it's a rough life being a royal.
1991 NFL owners strip Phoenix of 1993 Super Bowl game due to Arizona not recognizing Martin Luther King Day
1990 1st world ice hockey tournament for women held (Ottawa) - Canada beat the US 5-2
1989 Boeing B-22 Osprey VTOL aircraft makes maiden flight
1987 Fred Currey acquires Greyhound Bus Company
1987 PTL leader Jim Bakker resigns after sex scandal with Jessica Hahn - His associate paid $279,000 to Jessica to keep quiet.
1985 Senate votes 55-45, to authorize production of the MX missile
1984 John J O'Connor named 8th archbishop of New York
1984 Mobil oil tanker spills 200,000 gallons into Columbia River
1984 Pitcher Denny McLain, indicted on various charges of racketeeringHe and the Pepsi rep set up a book-making operation - convicted and jailed.
1982 National Guard jet tanker crashes killing 27 -The pilot of the aircraft was identified as MAJ. WILLIAM S. DIXON, 35, Hoffman Estates. Other crew members were CAPT. ROBERT NICOSIA, 33, Algonquin, nagivator CAPT. KENNETH L. HERRICK, 36, Urbana; and the boom operator, M. SGT. RICHARD CROME, 39, Wilmette. All were members of the 126th Air Refueling Wing out of O'Hare.
The passengers were air force reservists assigned to the 928th Tactical Air Lift Group who had hitched a ride back to Chicago when their own plane on its way from the state of Washington developed engine trouble and landed at K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base in northern Michigan.
One passenger, Capt. FRANK J. C. PATTON, was from Prospect Heights. The others were Senior Airman SPYRIDON AGRIOPOULOS, Chicago; Master Sgt. JAMES A. ALEXANDER, JR., Evanston; Sgt. FRANK C. BADONI, JR., Chicago; Senior Airman FRANK BARBERINI, Elmwood Park; Airman 1st Class JOE L. BRANCH, Chicago; Staff Sgt. EUGENE W. GRYGIEL, Chicago; Senior Airman HAUNANI A. HOLT, Chicago; Tech. Sgt. KENNETH J. JARECKI, Chicago; Airman 1st Class ORVAL D. JONES, Chicago; Airman CARLOS R. MELENDEZ, Chicago; Sgt. STEPHEN J. OLCZYK, Carol Stream; Airman 1st Class JOHN A. POWELL, Rockton; Sgt. AUGUSTINE J. SALINAS, Chicago; Staff Sgt. JOSE SANDOVALGARCIA, Chicago; Staff Sgt. JAMES A. VANCE III, Chicago; Staff Sgt. RONALD W. WALKER, Esmond; Airman ANITA L. WALTON, Chicago; Master Sgt. FREDERIC C. WILLHOIT, Wood Dale; Tech. Sgt. ALLEN R. WOODIN, Milledgeville; Staff Sgt. JOHN LEE WOOLRIDGE, Orland Park; Maj. RICHARD A. STARK, Wiinnetka, and Capt. RICHARD W. SUNDERMAN of St. Ann, Mo.

1981 2 workers killed in space shuttle Columbia accident - 5 were asphyxiated during a nitrogen purge of an engine compartment, one died en route, the second two weeks later
1979 House of Representatives begins live television broadcasts via C-SPAN
1978 50,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against neutron bomb
1977 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1976 Princess Margaret separates from the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years - The royals really have a hard time maintaining stable relationships
1975 Pennsylvania is 1st state to allow girls to compete with boys in HS sports - This is going back to court
1974 Jefferson Starship begins their 1st tour
1973 Dean tells Nixon, "There is a cancer growing on the Presidency" - His statement was regarding the Watergate burglary and attempted coverup
1972 India and Bangladesh sign friendship treaty
1969 Chicago 8 indicted in aftermath of Chicago Democratic convention - The defendants included David Dellinger of the National Mobilization Committee (NMC); Rennie Davis and Thomas Hayden of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS); Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, founders of the Youth International Party ("Yippies"); Bobby Seale of the Black Panthers; and two lesser known activists, Lee Weiner and John Froines.
1968 Howard University students seize administration building
1965 Indonesia nationalizes all foreign oil companies
1964 Sean Connery's 1st day of shooting on "Goldfinger"
1954 1st color telecast of a prize fight, Giardello vs Troy in MSG, New York City
1954 1st rocket-driven sled on rails was tested in Alamogordo, New Mexico
1951 Herman Wouk's "Caine Mutiny," published
1949 1st museum devoted exclusively to atomic energy, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

724 killed, 265 wounded as Kamikaze attacked USS Franklin off Japan - She survived and made it back to the East Coast

 Link to USS Franklin web site

1945 Adolf Hitler issues Nero Decree: destruction of German facilities
1945 British 36th division conquers Mogok (ruby mine)
1945 U.S. Task Force 58 attacks ships near Kobe/Kure
1942 Franklin D. Roosevelt orders men between 45 and 64 to register for non military duty
1942 Thoroughbred Racing Association of U.S. formed in Chicago
1940 Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt
1940 French government of Daladier, falls
1931 Nevada legalizes gambling - What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
1920 U.S. Senate rejects Treaty of Versailles for 2nd time refusing to ratify League of Nations' covenant (maintaining isolation policy)
1918 Congress authorizes time zones and approves daylight saving timeSee, the current Congress is not the only one to do stupid things.
1918 S. Potter becomes 1st U.S. pilot to shoot down a German seaplane
1917 U.S. Supreme Court upheld 8-hour work day for railroad employees
1915 Pluto photographed for 1st time (although unknown at the time)
1897 Yale defeated Penn, 30-10 in 1st major college basketball game
1895 Los Angeles Railway established to provide streetcar service
1883 Jan Matzeliger invents 1st machine to manufacture entire shoes
1866 Immigrant ship Monarch of the Seas sinks in Liverpool; 738 die
1865 Battle of Bentonville-Confederates retreat from Greenville NC
1831 1st U.S. bank robbery (City Bank, New York/$245,000)Worth about $ 6.700.000 today.
1822 Boston, Massachusetts incorporated as a city
1775 4 people buried by avalanche for 37 days, 3 survive (Italy)
1748 English Naturalization Act passes granting Jews right to colonize US
1702 James II's daughter Anne Stuart becomes queen of England
1644 200 members of Peking imperial family/court commit suicide
1571 Spanish troops occupy Manila