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Calendar for March 28th, 2013

1384: Cat eating condemned by England's Richard II

Born 1674: William Byrd (satirist)

1834: The U.S. Senate voted to censure President Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the U.S.

1891: First world weightlifting championships held in London

Born 1899: August Busch Jr. (brewer)

Born 1903: Rudolf Serkin (pianist)

Born 1905: Marlin Perkins (zookeeper)

Born 1909: Nelson Algren (novelist)

Born 1914: Edmund Muskie (politician)

1915: Emma Goldman gave a shocking speech (on contraception) to an audience in NYC. She was arrested and given a choice of paying a $100 fine or going to jail for 15 days. She chose jail

1920: Mary Pickford married Douglas Fairbanks

Born 1924: Freddie Bartholomew (actor)

Born 1948: Dianne Wiest (actress)

1951: U.S. and U.N. officials signed an agreement permitting the U.N. to issue its own postage stamps

Born 1955: Reba McEntire (country singer)

1964: Tsunami struck Port Alberni, British Columbia

1968: The rock musical Hair opened at the Biltmore Theater in New York City

Died 1969: Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th U.S. president)

Born 1970: Vince Vaughn (actor)

1973: Basketball's Wilt Chamberlain played his last professional game. In 14 years, 1,045 games, he never fouled out of a game

1977: Rocky, starring Sylvester Stallone, won the Academy Award for Best Picture

1979: Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in southeastern PA seriously malfunctioned, raising fears of a meltdown of the reactor's core, causing the evacuation of thousands and creating widespread concern about the safety of such facilities

Born 1981: Julia Stiles (actress)

1982: El Chichon volcano in Mexico began series of eruptions, killing and injuring hundreds

1983: Mt. Kilauea, Hawaii, erupted

Died 1987: Maria von Trapp (singer)

1993: Russian President Boris Yeltsin claimed victory after surviving attempts by the Russian Congress to depose him

Died 1994: Eugene Ionesco (playwright)

Died 2004: Peter Ustinov (actor, playwright, novelist, & director)

Died 2004: Art James (television game show host and announcer)

2005: A major earthquake struck off the west coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island

Died 2013: Richard Griffiths (actor)