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March 11

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:

Paul McCartney: McCartney II (EMI)
Paul McCartney is knighted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.
(photo credit: EMI)


Janet Jackson: All For You (Virgin)
Janet Jackson signs a recording contract with Virgin Records worth $40 million for 3 albums.
(photo credit: Virgin Records)

1990 Lithuania declares its independence from the USSR.
1985 Mikhail Gorbachev succeeds Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet President.
1977 Three Islamic ambassadors help negotiate the release of nearly 150 hostages held in Washington, DC, by renegade Muslims.
1970 Perry Mason author Erle Stanley Gardner dies.
1959 Lorraine Hansberry's play, A Raisin in the Sun, premieres in New York City.
1953 A US Air Force B-47 accidentally drops an atomic bomb over South Carolina. (Luckily, the bomb had internal safeguards to prevent it from detonating.)
1941 The 'Lend-lease' bill is signed, allowing the US to provide supplies to countries fighting the Axis, during WWII.
1938 Hitler's Nazi troops invade Austria, during WWII.
1932 Spain legalizes divorce.
1930 Babe Ruth signs a two-year deal with the NY Yankees worth $80,000.
1930 William Howard Taft becomes the first US president to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
1888 400 people die when a freak blizzard ravages the northeastern US.
1847 American pioneer John 'Johnny Appleseed' Chapman dies, near Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
1811 The first wedding is held in the White House, as the sister-in-law of James Madison marries a Supreme Court Justice.
1810 Napoleon Bonaparte marries Marie Louise of Austria by proxy.
1702 The first British daily newspaper, The Daily Courant, is published.
1314   Jacques deMolay, the last leader of the Knights Templar, is burned at the stake in France.

Born today:

1982  Thora Birch - actress (American Beauty)

1969  Pete Droge - singer

1965  Wallace Langham - actor (Veronica's Closet)

1963  Alex Kingston - actress (ER)

1961  Bruce Watson - guitarist (Big Country)

1957  Cheryl Lynn - singer

1955  Jimmy Fortune - country singer (Statler Brothers)

1955  Nina Hagen - singer

1952  Douglas Adams - author (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

1952  Rod Derline - basketball player

1952  Susan Richardson - actress

1950  Bobby McFerrin - singer, keyboardist

1950  Jerry Zucker - film director

1947  Mark Stein - keyboardist, singer (Vanilla Fudge)

1945  Dock Ellis - baseball pitcher

1945  Tricia O'Neil - actress

1944  Rick Rothwell - drummer (Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders)

1939  Flaco Jimenez - accordian player (Texas Tornados)

1936  Antonin Scalia - US Supreme Court Justice

1934  Sam Donaldson - ABC News reporter

1931  Rupert Murdoc - media magnate

1930  Troy Ruttman - 1952 Indy 500 winner

1923  Terence Alexander - actor

1923  A. Louise Brough - tennis champ

1919  Mercer Ellington - bandleader, songwriter

1916  Harold Wilson - British Prime Minister

1903  Lawrence Welk - bandleader

1899  King Frederick XI of Denmark



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