March 28th Today in Worldwide History

Today’s Important Historical Events

364 Roman Emperor Valentinian I appoints his brother Flavius Valens co-emperor

1854 Great Britain and France declare war on Russia, expanding the Crimean War

1939 Spanish Civil War ends, Madrid falls to the Nationalists headed by Francisco Franco

1946 Cold War: The United States State Department releases the Acheson-Lilienthal Report, outlining a plan for the international control of nuclear power.

Today’s Historical Events

37 Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, better known as Caligula (which means “little soldier’s boots”), accepts the titles of the Principate, entitled to him by the Senate

193 Roman Emperor Pertinax is assassinated by Praetorian Guards, who then sell the throne in an auction to Didius Julianus.

364 Roman Emperor Valentinian I appoints his brother Flavius Valens co-emperor

519 Pope Hormisdas reunites the Eastern and Western church, ending the Acacian schism in a ceremony in the cathedral of Constantinople

1535 Bloemkamp Abbey (Oldeklooster) attacked & destroyed in Friesland

1556 Origin of Fasli Era (India)

1556 Philip II of Spain is formally crowned King of Spain

1566 Foundation stone laid for the new city of La Valletta in Malta by Knights Hospitaller Grand Master Jean de Valette

Today’s Historical Events in Flim and TV

1935 Influential Nazi Propaganda film “Triumph of the Will” released showing Nuremberg rallies, commissioned by Adolf Hitler and directed by Leni Riefenstahl

1948 2nd Tony Awards: “Mister Roberts” (Play); Henry Fonda (Actor) and Joshua Logan (Director) win

1953 KCAU TV channel 9 in Sioux City, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting

1954 WKAQ TV channel 2 in San Juan, PR (TM) begins broadcasting

1969 Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis makes a famous statement on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece

1971 Last original edition of “The Ed Sullivan Show” broadcasts on CBS-TV

1977 49th Academy Awards: “Rocky”, Peter Finch & Faye Dunaway win

1979 Frank Lazarus & Dick Vosburgh’s stage musical comedy “A Day in Hollywood/A Night in Ukraine” premieres at the Mayfair Theatre, London, England

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1859 1st performance of Johannes Brahms‘ 1st Serenade for orchestra

1896 Umberto Giordano’s opera “Andrea Chenier” premieres at La Scala, Milan with Giuseppe Borgatti singing the title role

1930 1st performance of Walter Piston‘s Suite for orchestra (Boston)

1953 “New Faces (of 1952)” closes at Royale Theater NYC after 365 performances

1953 7th Tony Awards: “The Crucible” (Outstanding Play) & “Wonderful Town” (Outstanding Musical) win

1954 8th Tony Awards: “Teahouse of the August Moon” (Best Play) & “Kismet” (Best Musical) win

1964 Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London unveils figures of The Beatles; they later appear on the Sgt. Pepper album cover

1967 “Sherry!” opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 65 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1879 41st Grand National: Garry Moore aboard 5/1 chance The Liberator wins by 2 lengths from Jackal

1884 46th Grand National: Ted Wilson aboard 10/1 shot Voluptuary wins by 4 lengths from Frigate

1890 52nd Grand National: Arthur Nightingall wins aboard 4/1 favourite Ilex

1891 1st world weightlifting championship won by Edward Lawrence in London, England

1919 78th Grand National: Ernie Piggott wins aboard Poethlyn; shortest price winner in history at 11-4

1922 Stanley Cup Final, Mutual Street Arena, Toronto, ON: Toronto St Patricks (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 5-1 for a 3-2 series win

1924 83rd Grand National: Bob Trudgill wins aboard 25/1 shot Master Robert; last GN from a general riding start, now-familiar ‘tape’ introduced the following year.

1933 1st SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Mississippi State, 46-27