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Today in History

Today is Sunday, March 27, the 86th day of 2022. There are 279 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On March 27, 1977, in aviation’s worst disaster, 583 people were killed when a KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off in thick fog, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on an airport runway on the Canary Island of Tenerife (ten-uh- REEF’).

To this date :

In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted present-day Florida.

In 1625, Charles I acceded to the throne of England on the death of James I.

In 1794, Congress approved “An Act to Provide Naval Armament” of six armed ships.

In 1912, First Lady Helen Herron Taft and the wife of the Japanese Ambassador to the United States, Viscountess Chinda, planted the first two of 3,000 cherry trees donated to the United States by the Mayor of Tokyo.

In 1945, during World War II, General Dwight D. Eisenhower told reporters in Paris that German defenses on the Western Front had been breached.

In 1964, Alaska was hit by a magnitude 9.2 earthquake (the strongest ever recorded in North America) and tsunamis that together claimed the lives of approximately 130 people.

In 1968, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (gah-GAH’-rihn), the first man to orbit the Earth in 1961, died when his MiG-15 plane crashed during a training flight from routine near Moscow; he was 34 years old.

In 1973, “The Godfather” won the Oscar for best picture of 1972, but its star, Marlon Brando, refused to accept his Oscar for best actor. Liza Minnelli won Best Actress for ‘Cabaret’.

In 1975, construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline began, which was completed two years later.

In 1980, 123 workers died when a floating oil rig in the North Sea, the Alexander Kielland, capsized in a storm.

In 2019, Facebook said it was expanding its ban on hate speech to ban the promotion and support of white nationalism and white separatism.

In 2020, the House approved a $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package; it was immediately signed by President Donald Trump. Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, a civil rights leader who helped Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, has died at age 98.

Ten years ago: A JetBlue Airways captain walked through the cabin of a New York-Las Vegas flight yelling about religion and terrorists before being tackled and restrained by passengers. (Clayton Osbon was charged with interfering with a flight crew; he was found not guilty by reason of insanity.) Adrienne Rich, 82, an award-winning poet, died in Santa Cruz, Calif. Art critic Hilton Kramer, 84, died in Harpswell, Maine.

Five years ago: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned so-called “sanctuary cities” they could lose federal money for refusing to cooperate with immigration authorities; city ​​leaders pledged to step up their fight against the promised crackdown despite the financial risks. NFL owners meeting in Phoenix approved transfer of Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas 31-1; Miami was the only dissenter.

A year ago: On the deadliest day of a crackdown on protests against Myanmar’s February coup, local media said security forces had killed at least 114 people, including several children under the age of 16 years old; a UN human rights expert accused the junta of committing “mass murder”. A nine-story building in Cairo, Egypt, collapsed, killing at least 25 people.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Julian Glover turns 87. Actor Jerry Lacy is 86 years old. Hall of Fame runner Cale Yarborough is 83. Actor-director Austin Pendleton is 82 years old. Actor Michael York is 80 years old. Rock musician Tony Banks (Genesis) is 72 years old. Rock musician Andrew Farriss (INXS) is 63 years old. Jazz musician Dave Koz (kahz) is 59 years old. Director Quentin Tarantino is 59 years old. Rock musician Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai) is 58 years old. Rock musician Johnny April (Stind) is 57 years old. Actress Talisa Soto is 55 years old. Actor Ben Koldyke is 54 years old. Actor Pauley Perrette is 53 years old. Singer Mariah Carey is 52 years old. Rock musician Brendan Hill (Blues Traveler) is 52 years old. Actor Elizabeth Mitchell is 52 years old. Actor Nathan Fillion is 51 years old. Hip-hop singer Fergie is 47 years old. Jazz musician Tia Fuller is 46 years old. Actress Emily Ann Lloyd is 38 years old. MLB wide receiver Buster Posey is 35 years old. Actor Brenda Song is 34 years old. Pop singer-songwriter Kimbra is 32 years old. Actor Taylor Atelian is 27 years old. Classical crossover singer Amira Willighagen (TV: “Holland’s Got Talent”) is 18.

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