This Day in History

Today In History

Today is Tuesday, March 26th, the 85th day of the year.There are 280 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1827, legendary composer Ludwig Von Beethoven died at the age of 56.

In 1885, Eastman Kodak produced the first commercial moving picture film.

In 1892, poet, author Walt Whitman died at the age of 72.

In 1945, the Battle of Iwo Jima ended.

In 1951, the Air Force flag, including a coat of arms, 13 white stars and the Air Force seal, was approved.

In 1953, Doctor Jonas Salk announced he had successfully tested a vaccine against polio.

In 1973, "The Young and The Restless" debuted on CBS.

In 1979, the Camp David peace treaty was signed at the White House by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.President Jimmy Carter signed the document as a witness.

In 1982, groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington DC for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

In 1990, fashion designer Halston died at the age of 57.

In 1991, the Bush administration indicated it would not aid rebels seeking to overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

In 1992, a judge sentenced former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson to six years in prison for assaulting beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington in July 1991.Tyson wound up serving three years in prison.

In 1995, NWA rapper Eazy-E died from complications relating to AIDS.He was 31.

In 1997, the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult were found inside a home in Rancho Santa Fe, California, following their group suicide.

In 1999, assisted suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder and delivery of a controlled substance for giving a lethal injection to an ailing man whose death was shown on CBS-TV's "60 Minutes."It was the first time in five trials that the suicide doctor was found guilty.

In 2000, Vladimir Putin was elected Russia's second democratically chosen president.

In 2004, singer Jan Berry of the 1960s singing duo Jan & Dean died after suffering a seizure at his home in southern California.He was 62.

In 2006, IndyCar Series driver Paul Dana was killed in a crash during warmups at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.Dana was 31 years old.

In 2011, Geraldine Ferraro, the nation's first female vice presidential candidate, died at the age of 75.Ferraro was tapped to be part of the Democratic national ticket by presidential candidate Walter Mondale in 1984.

In 2013, The acquittal on appeal of Amanda Knox for the murder of Meredith Kercher was overturned by Italy's supreme court. Knox, 25, was convicted of the murder in 2007 but acquitted in October 2011.

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