Today is Palm Sunday, March 28, the 87th day of 2010. There are 278
days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 28, 1979, America’s worst commercial nuclear accident
occurred inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant
near Middletown, Pa.
On this date:
In 1834, the U.S. Senate voted to censure President Andrew Jackson
for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.
In 1854, during the Crimean War, Britain and France declared war on
In 1898, the Supreme Court, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruled
that a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrants was a
In 1930, the names of the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora
were changed to Istanbul and Ankara.
In 1935, the notorious Nazi propaganda film “Triumph des
Willens” (Triumph of the Will), directed by Leni Riefenstahl,
premiered in Berlin with Adolf Hitler present.
In 1939, the Spanish Civil War effectively ended as Madrid fell to
the forces of Francisco Franco.
In 1941, novelist and critic Virginia Woolf drowned herself in Lewes,
In 1942, during World War II, British naval forces raided the Nazi-
occupied French port of St. Nazaire in Operation Chariot.
In 1969, the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D.
Eisenhower, died in Washington, D.C., at age 78.
In 1994, absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco died in Paris at age 84.
Ten years ago: In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court, in Florida
v. J.L., sharply curtailed police power in relying on anonymous tips
to stop and search people.
Five years ago: The Colorado Supreme Court threw out the death
penalty in a rape-and-murder case because five of the jurors had
consulted the Bible and quoted Scripture during deliberations. (The
U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider reinstating the death sentence
of Robert Harlan, who ended up being resentenced to life in prison
for the murder of cocktail waitress Rhonda Maloney.) A major
earthquake off the west coast of Indonesia killed some 1,300 people.
One year ago: Fears in Fargo, N.D. of a catastrophic flood eased with
word that the surging Red River had crested at lower-than-expected
levels. Nearly 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries switched off
nonessential lights for Earth Hour to highlight the threat of climate
change. Thousands of people marched through European cities to demand
jobs, economic justice and environmental accountability. Shuttle
Discovery and its crew of seven returned to Earth, ending a 13-day
voyage to install a pair of solar wings on the international space
Today’s Birthdays: Former White House national security adviser
Zbigniew Brzezinski (ZBIG’-nyef breh-ZHIN’-skee) is 82. Country
musician Charlie McCoy is 69. Movie director Mike Newell is 68.
Actress Conchata Ferrell is 67. Actor Ken Howard is 66. Actress
Dianne Wiest (weest) is 62. Country singer Reba McEntire is 55.
Olympic gold-medal gymnast Bart Conner is 52. Rapper Salt (Salt-N-
Pepa) is 44. Actress Tracey Needham is 43. Actor Max Perlich is 42.
Movie director Brett Ratner is 41. Country singer Rodney Atkins is
41. Actor Vince Vaughn is 40. Rapper Mr. Cheeks (Lost Boyz) is 39.
Actor Ken L. is 37. Rock musician Dave Keuning is 34. Actress Annie
Wersching is 33. Actress Julia Stiles is 29. Singer Lady Gaga is 24.
Thought for Today: “Guess, if you can, and choose, if you dare.” —
Pierre Corneille (kawr-NAY’), French dramatist and poet (1606-1684).