Today in History
March 26

1517The famous Flemish composer Heinrich Issac dies.
1799Napoleon Bonaparte captures Jaffa, Palestine.
1804Congress orders the removal of Indians east of the Mississippi River to Louisiana.
1804The territory of New Orleans is organized in the Louisiana Purchase.
1827German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven dies in Vienna. He had been deaf for the later part of his life, but said on his death bed "I shall hear in heaven."
1832Famed western artist George Catlin begins his voyage up the Missouri River aboard the American Fur Company steamship Yellowstone.
1885Eastman Film Co. manufactures the first commercial motion picture film.
1913The Balkan allies take Adrianople.
1918On the Western Front, the Germans take the French towns Noyon, Roye and Lihons.
1938Herman Goering warns all Jews to leave Austria.
1942The Germans begin sending Jews to Auschwitz in Poland.
1950Senator Joe McCarthy names Owen Lattimore, an ex-State Department adviser, as a Soviet spy.
1951The United States Air Force flag design is approved.
1953Eisenhower offers increased aid to the French fighting in Indochina.
1953Dr. Jonas Salk announces a new vaccine against polio.
1954The United States sets off an H-bomb blast in the Marshall Islands, the second in four weeks.
1961John F. Kennedy meets with British Premier Macmillan in Washington to discuss increased Communist involvement in Laos.
1969The Soviet weather Satellite Meteor 1 is launched.
1969Writer John Kennedy Toole commits suicide at the age of 32. His mother helps get his first and only novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, published. It goes on to win the 1981 Pulitzer Prize.
1979The Camp David treaty is signed between Israel and Egypt.
1982Ground is broken in Washington D.C. for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1989The first free elections take place in the Soviet Union. Boris Yeltsin is elected.
1992An Indianapolis court finds heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson guilty of rape.

Born on March 26
1819Louise Otto, German author.
1850Edward Bellamy, writer (Looking Backward).
1859A.E. Houseman, poet (A Shropshire Lad).
1874Robert Frost, poet, multiple Pulitzer Prize-winner.
1880Duncan Hines, U.S. restaurant guide author
1904Joseph Campbell, folklorist and writer.
1911Tennessee Williams, American dramatist (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Name Desire).
1914William Westmoreland, U.S. army general during the Vietnam War.
1923Bob Elliot, radio comedian, one half of Bob and Ray.
1930Gregory Corso, beat poet, discovered literature in prison.
1930Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
1933Vine Deloria, Jr., writer, activist.
1942Erica Jong, poet, novelist (Fear of Flying, How to Save Your Own Life).

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