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News, Events, Birthdays, History - March 26 - April 1

Events

Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant Accident - March 28, 1979.
The Three Mile Island plant - located just a few miles outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, came dangerously close to a complete meltdown on this day thirty years ago. A meltdown would have released extensive radioactive contamination into the atmosphere.

Committee on Assassinations Report - March 28, 1979
Contrary to the more well-known "Warren Commission" report that was released 15 years earlier, this House of Representatives committee would conclude that President Kennedy's assassination was in fact the result of a conspiracy, and that at least two separate gunmen had fired at the President.

Dow Jones Industrial Average tops 10,000 - March 29, 1999.
For the first time ever, this index of 30 major industrial stocks topped the 10,000 mark. It would continue on to top over 14,000 in 2008 - and as we are all painfully aware, tumble to as low as 6,500 just a few short weeks ago.
 
Twenty-Third Constitutional Amendment Ratified - March 29, 1961.
This amendment gave residents of the District of Columbia the right to vote in presidential elections.
 
Ronald Reagan Assassination Attempt - March 30, 1981.
Leaving a hotel after a speech, President Reagan was shot in the chest by 25-year-old John Hinckley. Three others were wounded in the attack, including the President's Press Secretary William Brady, who received a serious brain injury. Brady and his wife would later become active champions of the 'Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act', also known as the Brady Bill.
Investigation would reveal that Hinckley was obsessed with actress Jodie Foster, and planned the assassination attempt as a means of attracting her attention. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity, and remains under institutional psychiatric care to this day.
 
Birthdays
 
Robert Frost - March 26, 1874.
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep".
A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Frost is also a champion to all those who have difficulty deciding what to do with their lives. Before finding his true calling, Frost tried farming, teaching, shoemaking and editing.

Sam Walton - March 29, 1918.
The founder of Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, Walton would become one of the wealthiest men in America. The wealth never really went to his head...he was often seen driving an old beat-up pickup truck with hunting dogs in the back. Responding to a reporter's amazement, Walton asked, "What do you expect me to do, take my dogs around in a Rolls Royce?"
 
Al Gore, March 31, 1948.
45th Vice President of the United States under President Bill Clinton. Lost a bid for the White House to George Bush in 2000. Or did he...

Franz Joseph Hadyn - March 31, 1732.
Known as the "Father of the Symphony", Hadyn composed over 120 symphonies and hundreds of other musical works.