What Happened on March 26


Historical Events

1872 – 7.8 earthquake shakes Owens Valley, California
1913 – Dayton, Ohio almost destroyed when Scioto, Miami and Muskingum River reach flood stage simultaneously
1938 – NBC radio performance of Howard Hanson’s 3rd Symphony
1976 – AL approves purchase of Toronto franchise by LaBatt Brewing for $7M
1995 – “Defending the Caveman” opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 671 performances
2012 – Canadian filmmaker James Cameron becomes the first person to visit Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth in over 50 years

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Famous Birthdays

1893 – James B. Conant, American chemist and President of Harvard University, born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
1896 – Rudolf Dassler, German entrepreneur (founder sportswear company Puma), born in Herzogenaurach, Germany (d. 1974)
1900 – Isadore Freed, Russian American composer, born in Brest-Litovsk, Russia (d. 1960)
1936 – Fred Parris, American doo-wop singer and songwriter (The Five Satins – “In The Still Of The Night”), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2022)
1955 – Dean Dillon, American country music singer (Chair), born in Lake City, Tennessee
1986 – Jessica McClure, American baby rescued after being trapped in a well in Texas (1987), born in Midland, Texas

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Famous Deaths

1258 – Floris, the Guardian, count-regent of Holland, dies
1726 – John Vanbrugh, Dutch-English playwright (The Provoked Wife), dies at 62
1973 – George Sisler, American Baseball HOF first baseman (AL MVP 1922; AL batting champion 1920, 22 St. Louis Browns) and manager (St. Louis Browns 1924–26), dies at 80
1996 – Edmund Muskie, American politician (Sen-D-Me) and US Secretary of State (1980-81), dies at 81
2011 – Roger Abbott, Canadian comedian (Air Farce Live) (b. 1946)
2017 – Brian Oldfield, American shot-putter (credited with making rotational technique popular), dies at 71

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