Today in History — Saturday, March 27
The Associated Press
Today is Saturday, March 27, the 86th day of 2010. There are 279 days
left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 27, 1977, 583 people were killed when a KLM Boeing 747,
attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the Canary
Island of Tenerife (ten-uh-REEF’).
On this date:
In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon (hwahn pahns duh LEE’-
ohn) sighted present-day Florida.
In 1625, Charles I acceded to the English throne upon the death of
In 1794, Congress approved “An Act to provide a Naval Armament” of
six armed ships.
In 1836, the first Mormon temple was dedicated, in Kirtland, Ohio.
In 1884, the first telephone line between Boston and New York was
In 1945, during World War II, General Dwight D. Eisenhower told
reporters in Paris that German defenses on the Western Front had been
In 1958, Nikita Khrushchev became Soviet premier in addition to First
Secretary of the Communist Party.
In 1964, Alaska was hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunamis that
killed about 130 people.
In 1980, 123 workers died when a North Sea floating oil field
platform, the Alexander Kielland, capsized during a storm.
In 1990, the U.S. began test broadcasts of TV Marti to Cuba, which
promptly jammed the signal.
Ten years ago: The Supreme Court decided the federal government could
deny food stamps and other welfare benefits to people who live
permanently in the United States but who are not citizens.
DaimlerChrysler AG announced it would buy 34 percent of Japan’s
Mitsubishi Motors Corp.
Five years ago: Pope John Paul II delivered an Easter Sunday blessing
to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square, but the ailing
pontiff was unable to speak and managed only to greet the saddened
crowd with a sign of the cross. In a live Internet interview with the
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Michael Jackson declared himself “completely
innocent” of child molestation charges, and said he was the victim of
One year ago: President Barack Obama launched a fresh effort to
defeat al-Qaida terrorists in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, ordering
in 4,000 more troops. A suicide bomber blew up a packed mosque near
the Afghan border, killing at least 48 people. The rising Red River
broke a 112-year record and threatened the dikes fortifying Fargo,
N.D. The main suspect in the Phoenix Serial Shooter attacks, Dale
Hausner, was sentenced to death for six murders that had put the city
on edge for nearly two years. Mutual fund pioneer Jack Dreyfus died
in New York at age 95. Former NBC News economics reporter Irving R.
Levine died in Washington at age 86.
Today’s Birthdays: Former newspaper columnist Anthony Lewis is 83.
Dance company director Arthur Mitchell is 76. Actor Julian Glover is
75. Actor Jerry Lacy is 74. Actor Austin Pendleton is 70. Actor
Michael York is 68. Rock musician Tony Banks (Genesis) is 60. Actress
Maria Schneider is 58. Rock musician Andrew Farriss (INXS) is 51.
Jazz musician Dave Koz (kahz) is 47. Movie director Quentin Tarantino
is 47. Rock musician Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai) is 46. Rock
musician Johnny April (Staind) is 45. Actress Talisa Soto is 43.
Actress Pauley Perrette is 41. Singer Mariah Carey is 40. Rock
musician Brendan Hill (Blues Traveler) is 40. Actress Elizabeth
Mitchell is 40. Actor Nathan Fillion is 39. Hip-hop singer Fergie
(Black Eyed Peas) is 35. Actress Megan Hilty is 29. Actress Emily Ann
Lloyd is 26. Actress Brenda Song (TV: “The Suite Life of Zack and
Cody”) is 22. Actress Taylor Atelian is 15.
Thought for Today: “A sheltered life can be a daring life as well.
For all serious daring starts from within.” — Eudora Welty, American