Today in History

  • Saturday, March 30, 2013 7:38pm
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Today is Easter Sunday, March 31, the 90th day of 2013. There are 275 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On March 31, 1943, “Oklahoma!,” the first musical play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway.

On this date:

In 1931, Notre Dame college football coach Knute Rockne, 43, was killed in the crash of a TWA plane in Bazaar, Kan.

In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned the country by announcing he would not seek re-election.

In 1976, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Karen Ann Quinlan, who was in a persistent vegetative state, could be disconnected from her respirator. (Quinlan, who remained unconscious, died in 1985.)

In 1993, actor Brandon Lee, 28, was accidentally shot to death during the filming of a movie in Wilmington, N.C., when he was hit by a bullet fragment that had been lodged inside a prop gun.

In 2005, Terri Schiavo, 41, died at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., 13 days after her feeding tube was removed in a wrenching right-to-die dispute.

Today’s birthdays

Actor William Daniels is 86. Actor Richard Chamberlain is 79. Actress Shirley Jones is 79. Musician Herb Alpert is 78. Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is 73. Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is 73. Actor Christopher Walken is 70. Comedian Gabe Kaplan is 68. Former Vice President Al Gore is 65. Actress Rhea Perlman is 65. Rock musician Angus Young (AC/DC) is 58. Actor Ewan McGregor is 42.

Thought for Today

“So often we rob tomorrow’s memories by today’s economies.” — John Mason Brown, American critic and lecturer (1900-1969).

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