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Back In the Day-A National Park, Kidnapped Child, and Grand Theft Coffin

The first day of March brought us 2 states, a kidnapped baby, Charlie’s Coffin Stolen and Val Kilmer as a Door.

1803 OHIO (The Buckeye State) became the 17th state to enter the Union.

1867 NEBRASKA (The Cornhusker State) became the 37th state to enter the Union.

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1872 YELLOWSTONE became the United States’ FIRST NATIONAL PARK.

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1932 THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY: Someone crept onto the estate of CHARLES A. LINDBERGH, climbed a homemade ladder, placed a ransom note on the window sill, and KIDNAPPED THE LINDBERGH BABY.  Although the $50,000 ransom was paid, Charles Jr. was not returned and 73 days later, the remains of the 20-month-old infant were found in the woods near the house dead of a fractured skull.

After a two-year manhunt, police arrested 35-year-old illegal German immigrant Bruno Hauptmann who was convicted and executed.

1941 W47NV – Nashville, became the first U.S. commercial FM radio station on the air.

1949 JOE LOUIS retired as Heavyweight Boxing Champion.  “The Brown Bomber” had held the title longer than any other champ 11 years, eight months and seven days!


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1968 JOHNNY CASH married his wife, JUNE CARTER CASH.  They are now both deceased.  (June died on May 15, 2003. . . Johnny died on September 12, 2003.)

1969 MICKEY MANTLE announced his retirement from baseball.

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1970 – REGIS PHILBIN married Joy Senese.  Today’s their 41st anniversary.

1972 Country singer MERLE HAGGARD was pardoned by California Governor Ronald Reagan.  Haggard had served time in San Quentin during the late ’50s for attempted burglary.

1975 STEVIE WONDER won five Grammys, including Best Album;  OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN won the Record of the Year for “I Honestly Love You”;  and the Song of the Year was BARBRA STREISAND’S “The Way We Were”.

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1978 Swiss grave robbers stole a coffin containing CHARLIE CHAPLIN.  The coffin, and Charlie, were recovered a couple of months later, in May.

1985 – “THE SURE THING” WAS RELEASED starring John Cusack, Anthony Edwards and Daphne Zuniga.

1985 – LIZA MINNELLI entered the Betty Ford Drug Center!

1988 JOE BESSER, one of the lesser-known Three Stooges, died at age 80.  (–He replaced Shemp, who had replaced his brother Curly, who had replaced. . . HIS BROTHER SHEMP.  Besser was also STINKY on “The Abbott & Costello Show”.)

1991 – “THE DOORS” was released starring VAL KILMER as JIM MORRISON.

1994 At the 36th Grammy Awards, WHITNEY HOUSTON won Album of the Year for “The Bodyguard”, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Record for “I Will Always Love You”. . . while TONI BRAXTON was named Best New Artist.

1995 At the 37th annual Grammy Awards, TONY BENNETT won Best Album for “MTV Unplugged” and SHERYL CROW took Best Record, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best New Artist for “All I Wanna Do”.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN also won four Grammys, including Song of the Year, for his AIDS anthem “Streets of Philadelphia”.

1995 – R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry had to leave the stage during a Switzerland concert after having a brain aneurysm.

2005 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was unconstitutional for juveniles who committed their crimes under the age of 18.

2005 – GERALD LEVERT was PEPPER-SPRAYED and arrested after he drunkenly shoved an officer giving a friend of his a speeding ticket.  (Levert was charged with drunken driving, impeding traffic, obstructing police business and resisting arrest.)

2006 – An entry for the Jordanhill railway station in Scotland became the one millionth article published on the English language version of Wikipedia.

2006 – JACK WILD who played young Jimmy, the owner of FREDDIE THE MAGIC FLUTE, on “H.R. Pufnstuf” died from MOUTH CANCER at the age of 53.

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