March 28. Wednesday. 278 days left in 2012. Here’s what happened today in years past.
1776 – Juan Bautista de Anza finds the site for the Presidio of San Francisco.
1802 – Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers discovers 2 Pallas, the second asteroid known to man.
1854 – Crimean War: France and Britain declare war on Russia.
1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Glorieta Pass – in New Mexico, Union forces stop the Confederate invasion of New Mexico territory. The battle began on March 26.
1920 – Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1920 affects the Great Lakes region and Deep South states.
1930 – Constantinople and Angora change their names to Istanbul and Ankara.
1946 – Cold War: The United States State Department releases the Acheson–Lilienthal Report, outlining a plan for the international control of nuclear power.
1959 – The State Council of the People’s Republic of China dissolves the Government of Tibet.
1978 – The US Supreme Court hands down 5-3 decision in Stump v. Sparkman, 435 U.S. 349, a controversial case involving involuntary sterilization and judicial immunity.
Three Mile Island
March 16, 1979. The movie “The China Syndrome” is released in the United States.
13 Days later, the Three Mile Island scare occurs. This changed the energy debate forever.
1979 – Operators of Three Mile Island‘s Unit 2 nuclear reactor outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania fail to recognize that a relief valve in the primary coolant system has stuck open following an unexpected shutdown. As a result, enough coolant drains out of the system to allow the core to overheat and partially melt down.
1990 – President George H. W. Bush posthumously awards Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal.
2000 – Three children are killed when a Murray County, Georgia, school bus is hit by a CSX freight train.
2003 – In a friendly fire incident, two A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft from the United States Idaho Air National Guard‘s 190th Fighter Squadron attack British tanks participating in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, killing British soldier Matty Hull.
1836 – Frederick Pabst, American brewer (d. 1904)
1842 – William Harvey Carney, American Civil War officer (d. 1908)
1899 – August “Gussie” Anheuser Busch, Jr., American brewer and baseball executive (d. 1989)
1905 – Marlin Perkins, American zoologist and television host (d. 1986)
1946 – Henry Paulson Jr., American economist
1955 – Reba McEntire, American singer and actress
1970 – Vince Vaughn, American actor
1986 – Lady Gaga, American singer-songwriter and dancer
1941 – Virginia Woolf, English feminist writer (b. 1882)
1953 – Jim Thorpe, American athlete (b. 1887)
1969 – Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States (b. 1890)
1985 – Marc Chagall, Russian-born painter (b. 1887)
2004 – Peter Ustinov, British actor (b. 1921)
2006 – Caspar Weinberger, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1917)