March 26 Today in Worldwide History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1027 Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II Holy Roman Emperor, founder of the Salian dynasty

1812 Earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale destroys 90% of Caracas, Venezuela and kills an estimated 15,000–20,000 people

1871 Municipal elections bring revolutionaries to power in Paris to form Commune government

1909 In support of Mohammed Ali Shah’s coup d’etat against the constitutional government in Persia, a Russian military force invades northern Persia to relieve the siege of Tabriz

1942 First “Eichmann transport” to Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps

1953 Dr. Jonas Salk announces that he has successfully tested a vaccine to prevent Polio, clinical trials began the next year

1966 Large-scale anti-Vietnam War protests take place in the United States, including in New York, Washington, D.C. and Chicago

1971 Bangladesh (East Pakistan) under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declares its independence from Pakistan

Today’s Historical Events

127 Greek astronomer and mathematician Ptolemy begins his observations of the heavens (until 141 AD)

685 Cuthbert (later Saint Cuthbert) is consecrated Bishop of Lindisfarne by Archbishop Theodore at York

1027 Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II Holy Roman Emperor, founder of the Salian dynasty

1147 Jewish community in Cologne fasts to commemorate anti-Jewish violence

1484 William Caxton prints his translation of Aesop’s Fables

1526 King Francis I returns from Spanish captivity to France

1534 Lübeck accepts free Dutch ships into East Sea

1552 Guru Amar Das becomes the Third Sikh Guru

Today’s Historical Events in Flim and TV

1938 NBC radio performance of Howard Hanson‘s 3rd Symphony

1953 “Ugetsu”, Japanese film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, starring Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyō and Kinuyo Tanaka, is released

1958 30th Academy Awards-“The Bridge on the River Kwai” wins Best Picture, Joanne Woodward & Alec Guinness win Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively

1964 Jule Styne and Bob Merrill‘s musical “Funny Girl”, starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opens at Winter Garden Theater, New York City; runs for 1,348 performances

1969 “Marcus Welby, M.D.”, starring Robert Young and James Brolin debuts as a TV movie on ABC-TV, prior to becoming a weekly series

1970 Musical “Minnie’s Boys”, starring Shelley Winters as the mother of the Marx Brothers, and Drama Desk Award winner Lewis J. Stadlen as Groucho, opens at the Imperial Theater, New York City; runs for 80 performances

1971 “Cannon” starring William Conrad as a private detective premieres on CBS-TV; airs for 5 seasons

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1967 21st Tony Awards: “The Homecoming” (play) & “Cabaret” (musical) win

1970 Folk singer Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) pleads guilty to “taking immoral liberties” with a 14 year old girl and serves 3 months in prison; granted a presidential pardon in 1981

1972 “Only Fools Are Sad” closes at Edison Theater NYC after 144 performances

1975 Ken Russell’s film “Tommy”, based on the rock opera by The Who, premieres in London; Roger Daltrey and Ann-Margret star, Tina Turner and Elton John are featured

1976 Wings release “Wings at the Speed of Sound” album

1977 Elvis Costello releases his 1st record “Less Than Zero”

1980 Bombay gets its 1st rock concert in 10 years (The Police)

1982 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder release the single “Ebony & Ivory” in the UK

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1874 36th Grand National: Mr. J. M. Richardson wins his second consecutive GN aboard French 5/1 favourite Reugny

1886 48th Grand National: Tommy Skelton wins aboard 25/1 chance Old Joe

1897 59th Grand National: Terry Kavanagh aboard 6/1 favourite Manifesto wins by 20 lengths from Filbert

1909 71st Grand National: Georges Parfrement wins aboard French 100/9 hope Lutteur III

1915 77th Grand National: legendary jockey Jack Anthony wins his second of 3 GN’s aboard 100/8 bet Ally Sloper

1915 Stanley Cup Final, Denman Arena, Vancouver, BC: Barney Stanley scores 5 goals as Vancouver Millionaires beat Ottawa Senators, 12-3 for a 3-0 sweep of first non-challenge series; Vancouver first PCHA champions

1917 Stanley Cup Final, Seattle Ice Arena, Seattle, WA: Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) beat Montreal Canadiens (NHL), 9-1 for a 3-1 series victory; first US team to win SC

1920 79th Grand National: legendary jockey Jack Anthony wins his record 3rd GN aboard 6/1 Troytown