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March 26, 2017

On this day in 1967
"Happy Together" by the Turtles was the #1 song.

1967 Average U.S. Prices

Bread: $0.22/loaf
Milk: $1.15/gal
Eggs: $1.10/doz
Car: $2,425
Gasoline: $0.33/gal
House: $24,600
Stamp: $0.05/ea

Average Income: $8,801/yr
Minimum Wage: $1.40/hr

Today's Celebrity Birthdays

Actress (The Glass Castle) Ella Anderson, 12.  Actress (Divergent) Casimere Jollette, 21.  Actress (Jersey Boys) Freya Tingley, 23.  Actress (Disconnect) Haley Ramm, 25.  Model/actress (Entourage) Nina Agdal, 25.  Actress (Bates Motel) Brittney Wilson, 26.  Actress (Mr. Robot) Carly Chaikin, 27.  Actress (The Imitation Game) Keira Knightley, 32.  Actor (The Normal Heart)/cartoon voicist (Frozen) Jonathan Groff, 32.  Actress (Breakfast on Pluto) Charlene McKenna, 33Playboy Playmate of the Year-2007/actress (Attack of the Show!) Sara Jean Underwood, 33.  Actress (Supergirl) Floriana Lima, 34.  Actor (Across the Universe) Joe Anderson, 35.  Actor (The Mysteries of Laura) Neal Bledsoe, 36.  Actor (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon) Luke Ford, 36.  Actress (The Client List) Alicia Lagano, 38.  Actress (Rules of Engagement) Bianca Kajlich, 40.  Actress (The Butterfly Effect) Amy Smart, 41.  Actress (General Hospital) Natalia Livingston, 41.  Comedienne/actress (Let’s Be Cops) Natasha Leggero, 43.  Actress (Hail Caesar!) Heather Goldenhersh, 44.  Actor (Grey’s Anatomy) T.R. Knight, 44.  Actress (Knocked Up) Leslie Mann, 45.  Comedian/actor (Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay) Jon Reep, 45.  Country music singer (Somewhere With You) Kenny Chesney, 49.  Actor (The Sopranos) Michael Imperioli, 51.  Actor (The Wrestler) Todd Barry, 53.  Actress (Groundhog Day) Marita Geraghty, 55.  Actor (Good Luck Charlie) Eric Allan Kramer, 55.  Actor (Days of Our Lives) Billy Warlock, 56.  Actress (Dirty Dancing) Jennifer Grey, 57.  Television and radio host Leeza Gibbons, 60.  Country music singer (Radio Heart) Charly McClain, 61.  Actor (Angels Fall) Gary Hudson, 61.  Actor (What’s Happening!!) Ernest Thomas, 67.  Comedian (The Martin Short Show)/actor (Mars Attacks!)/cartoon voicist (Frankenweenie) Martin Short, 67.  Country music singer (The King Is Gone) Ronnie McDowell, 67.  Actress (The Carol Burnett Show)/singer (The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia) Vicki Lawrence, 68.  Aerosmith lead singer (Love In An Elevator) Steven Tyler, 69.  Actor (The Rifleman)/singer (Cindy’s Birthday) Johnny Crawford, 71.  Singer (Upside Down)/actress (Mahogany) Diana Ross, 73.  Author (All the President’s Men) Bob Woodward, 74.  Author (Fear of Flying) Erica Jong, 75.  Actor (The Godfather) James Caan, 77.  Five Satins lead singer (In The Still Of The Night) Fred Parris, 81.  Actor (Argo)/Tarriers singer (The Banana Boat Song) Alan Arkin, 83.  Actor (Good Morning World) Joby Baker, 83.

Today's ODJA Birthday Babe

Freya Tingley

What a Day This Has Been

March 26, 1804…The U.S. Congress ordered that all Indians east of the Mississippi were to be removed to Louisiana.

March 26, 1812…More than 15,000 people lost their lives when the city of Caracas, Venezuela was destroyed by a 7.7 magnitude earthquake. Catholic priests declared the event to be a punishment from God for the rebellion against the Spanish Crown.

March 26, 1812…A political cartoon in the Boston Gazette coined the term gerrymander as a description of oddly shaped electoral districts designed to help incumbents win reelection. It came in reaction to Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry's redrawing of state senate election districts, one of which in Boston was said to resemble the shape of a salamander.

March 26, 1827…Pianist/composer Ludwig van Beethoven died at age 56. There is dispute about the cause of his death. Possibilities include alcoholic cirrhosis, syphilis, infectious hepatitis, lead poisoning, sarcoidosis and Whipple's disease. Friends and visitors before and after his death clipped locks of his hair, some of which have been preserved and subjected to additional analysis that has led to speculation that Beethoven was accidentally poisoned to death by excessive doses of lead-based treatments administered under instruction from his doctor.

March 26, 1885…In Rochester, New York, the Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co. produced the first commercial motion picture film.

March 26, 1892…Poet (Leaves of Grass, Democratic Vistas, Drum-Taps, America) Walt Whitman died from a combination of pneumonia, pleurisy, tuberculosis and parenchymatous nephritis at the age of 72.

March 26, 1923…French stage and early film actress (Camille, Mothers of France, The Clairvoyant, Adrienne Lecouvreur) Sarah Bernhardt died of uremia at age 78.

March 26, 1938…German Luftwaffe Commander Hermann Göring warned all Jews to leave Austria.

March 26, 1945…Former UK Prime Minister (1916-1922) David Lloyd George died of cancer at 82.

March 26, 1953…Dr. Jonas Salk announced his development of a vaccine that would prevent polio. There had been 58,000 new cases of the disease and 3,000 deaths from it during an epidemic the previous year.

March 26, 1956…At Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Elvis Presley began three days of screen tests that included lip-syncing to his recording of "Blue Suede Shoes" and performing two scenes from "The Rainmaker," a movie then in production. Elvis was not chosen for that film, but because they were impressed with his screen presence, Paramount and director Hal Wallis signed Presley to a seven-year movie contract on April 25.

March 26, 1956…Red Buttons made his television acting debut in "The Tale of St. Emergency," also starring James Barton, Russell Collins, and Paul Ford, on the CBS anthology series "Studio One."

March 26, 1957…At Master Recorders in Hollywood, Ricky Nelson recorded his first three songs: "I'm Walkin'" and "A Teenager's Romance," released in late April 1957 as the two sides of his first single, plus "You're My One and Only Love" (w/ Gloria Woods), the A-side of his follow up release. Both records were on the Verve label.

March 26, 1958…Dee Clark recorded "Hey Little Girl."

March 26, 1958…At Decca Recording Studio A in the Pythian Temple, New York City, the Kalin Twins recorded "When."

March 26, 1959…At the Atlantic Studios in New York City, the Coasters recorded "Along Came Jones."

March 26, 1959…Novelist (The Long Goodbye, The Lady In The Lake, Farewell My Lovely, The Big Sleep) Raymond Chandler died of pneumonia at age 70.

March 26, 1960…At RCA Studio B in Nashville, Roy Orbison recorded what became his first major hit, "Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel)."

March 26, 1962…Elvis Presley began work on his 11th feature film, "Girls! Girls! Girls!," co-starring Stella Stevens, Jeremy Slate, Laurel Goodwin, Robert Strauss, and Benson Fong.

March 26, 1962…Ronnie and the Hi-Lites were the guest performers on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

March 26, 1964…Former Beatles drummer Pete Best was a guest on the CBS-TV quiz show "I've Got A Secret." When host Gary Moore asked Best why he "left" the group (Best was fired), he replied, "I thought I'd like to start a group of my own and I thought at that time they weren't going to go as big as they are now."

March 26, 1964…Brenda Holloway released the single "Every Little Bit Hurts."

March 26, 1964…The original Broadway production of the musical "Funny Girl," starring Barbra Streisand, Sydney Chaplin, Jean Stapleton, Roger De Koven, and Kay Medford, opened at New York's Winter Garden Theatre for 1,348 performances.

March 26, 1965…It was announced that Jeff Beck would take Eric Clapton's place in the Yardbirds.

March 26, 1966…At United Recording Studios in Hollywood, Dean Martin recorded "Come Running Back."

March 26, 1967…The Dave Clark Five sang "You Got What It Takes" on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show." Sergio Franchi, Eddie Albert, Pat Buttram, London Lee, and Jim Henson's Muppets also performed.

March 26, 1969…The TV-movie, "Marcus Welby, MD," starring Robert Young, James Brolin, Anne Baxter, Susan Strasberg, Lew Ayres, Tom Bosley, and Peter Duel, aired on ABC. When it became a weekly series in September 1969, only Young and Brolin returned, joined by Elena Verdugo. The series ran for seven seasons.

March 26, 1969…Pat Boone guest-starred as himself on CBS-TV's "The Beverly Hillbillies."

March 26, 1970…Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary pled guilty to "taking immoral liberties" with a 14-year-old girl and served three months in prison. President Jimmy Carter later granted him clemency.

March 26, 1970…"Woodstock," a chronicle of the 1969 music festival held near that town in upstate New York, opened in movie theaters throughout North America.

March 26, 1971…Bangladesh, formerly known as East Pakistan, declared its independence.

March 26, 1971…"Cannon," a TV-movie starring William Conrad, was shown on CBS. It became a weekly series six months later.

March 26, 1972…Members of Mott The Hoople were ready to call it quits when friend of the band David Bowie offered to produce their next album, even offered them two new songs he'd written: "Suffragette City," which the band turned down, and "All The Young Dudes," the song that provided them with their breakthrough.

March 26, 1972…A new National Basketball Association record was established as the Los Angeles Lakers won 69 of their 82 games.

March 26, 1973…In London, women were allowed on the floor of the Stock Exchange for the first time.

March 26, 1973…The daytime drama "The Young and the Restless" premiered on CBS-TV.

March 26, 1973…Producer/director/playwright (Blithe Spirit, Present Laughter, Easy Virtue, Private Lives, Hay Fever, Design for Living, In Which We Serve)/songwriter (Mad Dogs and Englshmen)/actor (Around the World in Eighty Days, The Italian Job, Our Man In Havana) Noël Coward died after a heart attack at age 73.

March 26, 1973…Country-folk music fiddler/Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer Don Messer, host of "Don Messer's Jubilee" for ten years on CBC-TV and four years in syndication, died at the age of 63.

March 26, 1974…The single "Rock On" by David Essex was certified Gold.

March 26, 1974…Dionne Warwicke And Spinners recorded "Then Came You." (Warwick had added an 'e' to the end of her surname on the advice of a numerologist. She returned to the original spelling by 1979.)

March 26, 1975…The movie musical "Tommy," based on the Who album of that name, premiered in London, starring Who singer Roger Daltrey in the title role, Ann-Margret, Jack Nicholson, Elton John, and Tina Turner.

March 26, 1976…Keith Richards' girlfriend, model Anita Pallenberg, gave birth to a baby boy who died of pneumonia ten weeks later.

March 26, 1976…In Memphis, Elvis Presley jumped out of his limo at a multi-car pileup, displayed his honorary Memphis police captain's badge, and assisted accident victims until police and rescue teams arrived.

March 26, 1976…Wings released the "Wings at the Speed of Sound" album.

March 26, 1977…Foreigner released what became their first hit single, "Feels Like the First Time.''

March 26, 1979…In Washington, DC, the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty was signed, following the 1978 Camp David Accords which were signed by Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and witnessed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter. The treaty meant the cessation of the state of war that had existed between the two countries since the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the mutual recognition of each state by the other, and the complete withdrawal of Israel's armed forces and civilians from the Sinai Peninsula.

March 26, 1980…Pink Floyd's 1973 album "Dark Side Of The Moon" became the album with the longest consecutive stay on the Billboard 200 album chart, remaining there until 1988.

March 26, 1980…Van Halen released their third studio album, "Women and Children First."

March 26, 1980…Drummer (Susan, Hey Baby-They're Playing Our Song, Mercy Mercy Mercy, Don't You Care, Kind Of A Drag) Jon Paulos of the Buckinghams died of a drug overdose at the age of 32.

March 26, 1982…In Washington, DC, groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

March 26, 1985…Radio stations in South Africa banned all of Stevie Wonder's records after he dedicated the Oscar he won the night before at the Academy Awards to Nelson Mandela.

March 26, 1987…Actor (Holiday Inn, Fury, Mr. Skeffington, Raintreee County, Island in the Sky, The Three Musketeers, 13 Rue Madeleine, So Proudly We Hail!, Wake Island, Star Spangled Rhythm, Handle with Care, The Kid from Brooklyn, Duffy's Tavern, Bernardine) Walter Abel died following a heart attack at age 88.

March 26, 1989…In the Soviet Union, the first free elections took place. Boris Yeltsin was elected to be the first President of the Russian Federation.

March 26, 1989…The science fiction television series "Quantum Leap," starring Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell, began a five-season run on NBC.

March 26, 1990…Rodney Crowell's album "Diamonds & Dirt" was certified Gold.

March 26, 1990…Actor (26 Men, The Files of Jeffrey Jones, The Corpse Vanishes, King of the Rocket Men, Ma Barker’s Killer Brood, Good Neighbor Sam, The Crawling Hand, The Last Sagecoach West, Creature with the Atom Brain, Fireman Save My Child) Tristram Coffin died of lung cancer at age 80.

March 26, 1990…The fashion designer Halston died of AIDS at 57.

March 26, 1992…In Indianapolis, after being found guilty of the rape of Desiree Washington, heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was sentenced to 10 years, six in prison and four on probation. He was released in March 1995 after serving three years.

March 26, 1992…Trisha Yearwood's self-titled debut album was certified Platinum.

March 26, 1992…Broadcast journalist (CBC-Radio, CBC-TV) Barbara Frum, mother of political journalist David Frum, died of leukemia at the age of 54.

March 26, 1994…Actress/talk show hostess Ricki Lake married Rob Sussman. They had two children before divorcing in 2004.

March 26, 1995…London's Sunday Times reported that Yoko Ono and her son, Sean Lennon, visited Paul McCartney's recording studio during their weekend stay with the McCartney family. The newspaper suggested that the visit signified an end to decades of hostility between McCartney and Ono.

March 26, 1995…"Rob Becker's Defending the Caveman" opened at New York's Helen Hayes Theatre for 674 performances.

March 26, 1996…Former U.S. Secretary of State/Senator Edmund Muskie died of heart failure at age 81.

March 26, 1997…In Rancho Santa Fe, California, 39 bodies of Heaven's Gate members were found in a mansion. The group had committed suicide believing they would be picked up by a spaceship following behind the comet Hale-Bopp.

March 26, 1998…Chuck Negron filed a suit against his former Three Dog Night bandmates, alleging they had breached a 1990 settlement agreement and interfered with his career.

March 26, 1999…Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder for giving a terminally ill man a lethal injection on September 17, 1998 and recording the event on videotape for CBS' "60 Minutes."

March 26, 2000…In Russia, acting President Vladimir Putin was elected president.

March 26, 2000…In Seattle, the Kingdome, home field of the National Football League's Seahawks and Major League Baseball's Mariners starting in 1976, was imploded to make room for a new football stadium.

March 26, 2000…Author (The Joy of Sex) Alex Comfort died at the age of 80.

March 26, 2002…Bassist (Joy To The World, Mama Told Me-Not To Come, Black & White, An Old Fashioned Love Song, Shambala, Easy To Be Hard, One, Never Been To Spain, Liar, Eli's Coming, Celebrate, Out In The Country) Joe Schermie, Jr., a founding member of Three Dog Night, died after a heart attack at 55.

March 26, 2002…Drummer Randy Castillo, formerly with Ozzy Osbourne and Mötley Crüe, died of complications from stomach cancer at age 41.

March 26, 2003…The province of Ontario declared a public health emergency as a result of several reported cases of SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome. The SARS threat ended two months later.

March 26, 2003…Former United Nations Ambassador/U.S. Senator (D-NY) Daniel Patrick Moynihan died of an infection at 76.

March 26, 2004…Singer (The Little Old Lady From Pasadena, Dead Man's Curve, The New Girl In School, Drag City, Surf City, Baby Talk, Jennie Lee) Jan Berry, of the duos Jan & Dean and Jan & Arnie, died following a stroke at the age of 62.

March 26, 2004…Actress (Guiding Light, Ace in the Hole, The Harder They Fall, The High and the Mighty, Johnny Belinda, High School Confidential!, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Kathy O', 1984, Love in a Goldfish Bowl, Women's Prison, Caged, Pony Express, Appointment with Danger, The Female Animal) Jan Sterling died after a stroke at age 79.

March 26, 2005…The government of Taiwan called for a million Taiwanese to demonstrate opposition to the Peoples Republic of China's Anti-Secession Law. Almost 300,000 people attended the demonstration in Taipei.

March 26, 2005…CBC Radio One listeners voted Ian and Sylvia's "Four Strong Winds" the greatest Canadian song of all time.

March 26, 2005…Former British Prime Minister (1976-1979) James Callaghan died at age 92.

March 26, 2005…Drummer (I Got You, Don't Dream It's Over, Something So Strong) Paul Hester, a member of Split Enz and Crowded House, committed suicide at the age of 46.

March 26, 2006…Readers of the magazine Total Guitar voted the solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" as the greatest guitar solo of all time.

March 26, 2008…Radio personality/National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Famer/National Radio Hall of Famer Wally Phillips, who logged 42 years on the air at WGN-Chicago, much of it as the city's top-rated morning show host, died of Alzheimer's disease at age 82.

March 26, 2009…A jumpsuit that Elvis Presley wore at one of his concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden sold at auction for $212,588.

March 26, 2011…In London, hundreds of thousands of people marched in Trafalgar Square to protest government budget cuts.

March 26, 2011…Attorney/politician Geraldine Ferraro, the Democratic congresswoman from New York who became the first woman on a major party presidential ticket as Walter Mondale's vice presidential running mate in 1984, died of blood cancer at 75.

March 26, 2011…Comedian/actor (Royal Canadian Air Farce) Roger Abbott died of leukemia at the age of 64.

March 26, 2011…Carl Bunch, the drummer for Buddy Holly who was in the hospital with frostbite when Holly and other members of the Winter Dance Party Tour were killed in a 1959 plane crash, died of complications from diabetes at age 71.

March 26, 2012…Guitarist/composer (theme for TV's WKRP in Cincinnati, Buffalo Bill, We Got it Made, Open All Night, The Duck Factory, The New WKRP in Cincinnati and commercial jingles for McDonalds, Goodyear, Dodge, Delta Airlines and Nissan) James T. "Tom" Wells died at the age of 70.

March 26, 2013…Writer/producer (The Simpsons, Thor, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, My Super Ex-Girlfriend) Don Payne died of bone cancer at 48.

March 26, 2013…Former Chicago Bulls center Tom Boerwinkle, who later became the team's radio color analyst, died of myelodysplastic syndrome at age 67.

March 26, 2016…Retired CBS News correspondent Eric Engberg died at  the age of 74.
Enjoy your day!  Make it matter.