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UPI Almanac for Sunday, March 28, 2021

On March 28, 1969, Dwight D. Eisenhower, World War II hero and 34th president of the United States, died in Washington at age 78.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, March 28, 2021
On March 28, 1969, Dwight D. Eisenhower, World War II hero and 34th president of the United States, died in Washington at age 78. UPI File Photo | License Photo

Today is Sunday, March 28, the 87th day of 2020 with 278 to follow.

The moon is full. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn. Evening stars are Mars and Uranus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Aries. They include Roman Catholic St. Teresa of Avila in 1515; Russian author Maxim Gorky in 1868; brewer Frederick Pabst in 1836; brewer August Anheuser Busch Jr. in 1899; naturalist Marlin Perkins in 1905; Edmund Muskie, the 1968 Democratic Party vice presidential candidate, in 1914; child star Freddie Bartholomew in 1924; Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carter administration national security adviser, in 1928; actor Conchata Ferrell in 1943; basketball Hall of Fame member Rick Barry in 1944 (age 77); actor Ken Howard in 1944; Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in 1945 (age 76); actor Dianne Wiest in 1948 (age 73); country singer/actor Reba McEntire in 1955 (age 66); rapper Cheryl James in 1966 (age 55); actor Vince Vaughn in 1970 (age 51); actor Nick Frost in 1972 (age 49); television personality Kate Gosselin in 1975 (age 46); actor Julia Stiles in 1981 (age 40); singer Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, in 1986 (age 35); TV personality Jonathan van Ness in 1987 (age 34); actor Laura Harrier in 1990 (age 31).

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On this date in history:

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In 1881, P.T. Barnum and James A. Bailey merged their circuses to form The Greatest Show on Earth.

In 1939, Madrid surrendered to the nationalist forces of Generalissimo Francisco Franco in the Spanish Civil War.

In 1968, the counterculture musical Hair opened on Broadway.

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In 1969, Dwight D. Eisenhower, World War II hero and 34th president of the United States, died in Washington at age 78.

In 1979, a failure in the cooling system at the nuclear power plant on Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania caused a near meltdown. It was the worst accident at a U.S. civilian nuclear facility.

In 1984, Bob Irsay moved the Baltimore Colts NFL team to Indianapolis without any announcement. Less than a month later, two longtime fans of the team sued the owner for severe emotional distress.

In 1991, just days before the 10th anniversary of an attempt on his life, former U.S. President Ronald Reagan endorsed a seven-day waiting period for handgun purchases, reversing his earlier opposition.

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In 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin survived an impeachment vote by the Congress of People's Deputies.

In 1996, the U.S. Congress approved the presidential line-item veto.

In 2005, an 8.6-magnitude earthquake jolted the western coast of Sumatra, killing at least 1,300 people and destroying hundreds of buildings.

In 2006, lobbyist Jack Abramoff, with ties to several members of Congress, was sentenced to six years in prison after a conviction on fraud charges. He was released from prison in 2010.

In 2009, the space shuttle Discovery landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after a 13-day mission to the International Space Station during which the ISS was brought up to full power with the installation of its fourth set of solar wings.

In 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama visited Afghanistan for the first time since taking office, an unannounced trip to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and address U.S. troops.

In 2018, 68 people died after a fire broke out during a riot at a police station in Valencia, Venezuela. Prisoners there set fire to a mattress in an attempt to escape.

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A thought for the day: "A sound nation is built of individuals sound in body and mind and spirit. Government dares not ignore the individual citizen." -- President Dwight D. Eisenhower

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