by Bob Fields
On March 28:
1811 – John Neumann*, Czech-American bishop, canonized the first American male saint in 1977 (d. 1860).
1836 – Frederick Pabst*, German-American brewer, founded the Pabst Brewing Company (d. 1904).
1842 – William Harvey Carney*, African-American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient, for his gallantry during the Battle of Fort Wagner in 1863 (d. 1908).
1862 – Aristide Briand*, French politician, Prime Minister of France, 1926 Nobel Peace Prize laureate (d. 1932).
1868 – Maxim Gorky*, Russian author (d. 1936) (Gorky Park).
1899 – August Anheuser Busch*, American brewing magnate who built the Anheuser-Busch Companies (d. 1989).
1948 – Dianne Wiest*, American actress (Hannah and Her Sisters, Bullets over Broadway).
1955 – Reba McEntire*, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress.
1986 – Lady Gaga*, American singer-songwriter, dancer, producer, and actress.
193 - Roman Emperor Pertinax* is
1584 – Ivan the Terrible, Russian Tsar (b. 1530).
1870 – George Henry Thomas*, American Civil War general, one of the principal commanders in the Western Theater, noted for his stout defense at the Battle of Chickamauga (b. 1816).
1941 – Virginia Woolf, English author and critic, drowns herself near her home in England (b. 1882).
1943 – Sergei Rachmaninoff*, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1873).
1953 – Jim Thorpe, American Indian football player and Olympic athlete (b. 1887).
1958 – W. C. Handy*, American trumpet player, “father of the Blues” (b. 1873).
1969 – Dwight D. Eisenhower, American general, 34th US President (b. 1890).
1985 – Marc Chagall, Russian Jewish modernist painter (b. 1887).
1987 – Maria von Trapp, Austrian-American singer (b. 1905) (The Sound of Music).
2004 -Peter Ustinov*, English-Swiss actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1921) (Spartacus, Quo Vadis).
845 - Paris is sacked by Viking raiders, probably under Ragnar Lodbrok (or Reginherus), who collects a huge ransom in exchange for leaving.
1774 – The British Parliament enacts the Coercive Acts, known by Americans as the ‘Intolerable Acts’, in response to the Boston Tea party, closing the port of Boston and taking away Massachusetts’ self-government.
1776 – Juan Bautista de Anza* founds San Francisco, California, at the site of the Presidio.
1854 - Crimean War: France and Britain
1920 – Douglas Fairbanks marries Mary Pickford. The Hollywood stars are business partners with Charlie Chaplin and founders of United Artists.
1921 – U.S. President Warren Harding names former President William Howard Taft as chief justice of the Supreme Court.
1939 - Generalissimo Francisco Franco* conquers Madrid after
1946 - Cold War: The U.S. State Department releases the Acheson-Lilienthal Report, outlining a plan for the international control of nuclear power.
1959 - The State Council of the People’s Republic of China dissolves the Government of Tibet.
1979 – A coolant leak at the Three Mile Island reactor outside Harrisburg, PA, the worst accident in the history of the U.S. nuclear power industry, leads to a partial meltdown.
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