Friday, March 27, 2015

Today in History: Friday, March 27, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On March 27, 1964, Alaska was rocked by a powerful earthquake that killed 114 people. The magnitude 9.2 quake was the biggest in the U.S. and the second largest worldwide since 1900.
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On this date in:
1513Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida.
1625Charles I ascended the English throne upon the death of James I.
1794President George Washington and Congress authorized creation of the U.S. Navy.
1836The first Mormon temple was dedicated, in Kirtland, Ohio.
1939Oregon won the first NCAA men's basketball tournament with a 46-33 victory over Ohio State in Evanston, Ill.
1977A KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the Canary Island of Tenerife, killing 583 people in the deadliest aviation accident in history.
1996An Israeli court convicted Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's confessed assassin of murder, then sentenced former law student Yigal Amir to life in prison.
1998The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Viagra, made by Pfizer, to fight male impotence.
2002A suicide bomber killed 30 people during a Passover Seder in Netanya, Israel.
2007NFL owners voted to make instant replay a permanent officiating tool.
2009President Barack Obama launched a fresh effort to defeat al-Qaida terrorists in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, ordering in 4,000 more troops.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Singer Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) turns 40 years old today.
AP Photo/Peter Kramer
Julian GloverActor80
Austin PendletonActor75
Michael YorkActor73
Tony BanksRock musician (Genesis)65
Mariah CareySinger45
Nathan FillionActor ("Castle")44
Brenda SongActress27
Director Quentin Tarantino turns 52 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostin
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