Important Happenings of March 26th

Hello readers! I’ve successfully survived another 365 days on the planet, so it’s time again for my birthday post. Though my musical expectations were readily set by Blink-182, I found that people actually did like me when I was 23. Or at least the handful of people I interacted with on a regular basis seemed to like me.

Honestly, I'm just as shocked as you are.

Honestly, I’m just as shocked as you are.

Anyway, I’ve decided to do a look back through history and highlight noteworthy events that coincide with what my mother fondly referred to as, “…my first effing day of maternity leave. Thanks. Brat.”

Love ya, mean it!

Love ya, mean it!


Today in…

1027 – Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor

1830 – The Book of Mormon is published in New York

1915 – The Vancouver Millionaires sweep the Ottawa Senators three-games-to-none to win the 1915 Stanley Cup Finals

1917 – WWI: The First Battle of Gaza

1945 – WWII: The Battle of Iwo Jima ends and the island is officially secured by American forces

1958 – The US Army launches Explorer 3

1979 – Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin, and Jimmy Carter sign the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.

1982 – A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is held in Washington, D.C.

1990 – The 62nd Academy Awards are held in Los Angeles. Winners include Daniel Day-Lewis (Best Actor, My Left Foot), Jessica Tandy (Best Actress, Driving Miss Daisy), Denzel Washington (Best Supporting Actor, Glory), Brenda Fricker (Best Supporting Actress, My Left Foot), Oliver Stone (Best Director, Born on the Fourth of July), and Driving Miss Daisy (Best Picture)

1999 – The Melissa virus infects Microsoft word processing and email systems around the world

2005 – Doctor Who returns to television with the premiere of the episode “Rose” on BBC One


Also born on this day:

Malcolm III of Scotland (1031) – King of Scotland 1058-1093

Adolf Hurwitz (1859) – German mathematician

Robert Frost (1874) – American poet and playwright

Guccio Gucci (1881) – Italian fashion designer

Tennessee Williams (1911) – American playwright, author, and poet

Sandra Day O’Connor (1930) – American jurist, first female US Supreme Court Justice

Leonard Nimoy (1931) – American actor (Star Trek), singer, and director

Alan Arkin (1934) – American actor (Little Miss Sunshine, Argo), singer, and director

Nancy Pelosi (1940) – American politician, 60th Speaker of the US House of Representatives

Bob Woodward (1943) – American journalist

Diana Ross (1944) – American singer (The Supremes) and actress

Richard Tandy (1948) – English keyboard player (Electric Light Orchestra)

Steven Tyler (1948) – American singer-songwriter (Aerosmith)

Fran Sheehan (1949) – American bass player (Boston)

Martin Short (1950) – Canadian-American actor (Saturday Night Live, The Three Amigos), singer, and director

Jennifer Grey (1960) – American actress (Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

Kenny Chesney (1968) – American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Leslie Mann (1972) – American actress (Knocked Up, This is Forty)

T.R. Knight (1973) – American actor (Grey’s Anatomy) and fellow Academy of Holy Angels alumnus (1991)

Larry Page (1973) – American computer scientist, co-founder of Google

Jonathon Groff (1985) – American actor and singer (Glee, Frozen)

Keira Knightly (1985) – English actress (Pirates of the Caribbean, Anna Karenina)


Hopefully you enjoyed your very date-centric history lesson, and thank you all for the many lovely birthday wishes!


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