This Day in History

Today is Friday, March 29th, the 88th day of the year. There are 277 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1848, Niagara Falls stopped flowing for the first time ever.An ice jam in the Niagara River forced the water to stop.

In 1882, the Knights of Columbus was chartered in Connecticut.

In 1962, Jack Parr left his job as host of "The Tonight Show."

In 1971, a jury in Los Angeles, California, recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three females followers for the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders.The four later had their sentences commuted.

In 1994, Jimmy Johnson resigned as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

In 1999, legendary jazz singer Joe Williams died at the age of 80.

In 2005, renowned attorney Johnnie Cochran, best known for successfully defending former football great O.J. Simpson at trial, died after a long battle with cancer.He was 67.

In 2016, Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke died at the age of 69.Duke won an Academy Award at the age of 16 for her role as Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker" and played a double role as "identical cousins" on "The Patty Duke Show."

In 2016,Instagram users announced that users will now be able to post videos up to 60 seconds long.

In 2016, Utah became the first state to require anesthesia for mothers who have an abortion.The law requires anesthetics for any abortion performed during or after the 20th week of pregnancy, because lawmakers contend that babies in the womb could possibly feel pain.

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