This Day in History

Today In History

Today is Friday, March 15th, the 74th day of the year.There are 291 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson held the first open presidential news conference.

In 1937, the first blood bank was established at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

In 1954, the CBS television "Morning Show" debuted with Walter Cronkite as host.

In 1966, Basketball Hall-of-Famer Abe Saperstein died at the age of 62.He founded the Harlem Globetrotters.

In 1971, CBS television announced it would drop "The Ed Sullivan Show" after 23 years on the network.

In 1988, the NFL's St. Louis Cardinals officially moved to Phoenix, Arizona.

In 1991, four Los Angeles police officers were charged with beating motorist Rodney King.

In 2000, announcer and game show host Durward Kirby died in Fort Myers, Florida.He was 88.

In 2004, saying it was in the best interests of the company, an apologetic Martha Stewart resigned from the board of directors of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.Stewart, who was convicted a week earlier on charges relating to a stock sale, said she would remain at the company as founding editorial director--a position created just for her.

In 2005, former WorldCom Chief Executive Bernard Ebbers was found guilty of fraud, conspiracy and filing false documents after a trial addressing the company's eleven-billion-dollar accounting scandal.

In 2008, a crane collapse in Manhattan, New York, left at least four people dead and 17 injured.The crane collapsed on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

In 2010, Kate Winslet and her husband of nearly seven years, director Sam Mendes, announced via their lawyers that they've split amicably.

Genesis, ABBA, The Hollies, The Stooges and Jimmy Cliff were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in the institution's 25th annual ceremony.

Sacha Baron Cohen and actress Isla Fisher got married.

In 2014, Comedian David Brenner died at the age of 78.

In 2018, Six people died when a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in Miami collapsed.

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