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TODAY IN HISTORY

Today is the 86th day of 2020. There are 280 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On March 26, 1945, during World War II, Iwo Jima was fully secured by U.S. forces.

On this date:

In 1812, an earthquake devastated Caracas, Venezuela, causing an estimated 26,000 deaths.

In 1827, composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna.

In 1911, American playwright Tennessee Williams (“The Glass Menagerie,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”) was born in Columbus, Miss.

In 1964, the musical play “Funny Girl,” starring Barbra Streisand opened.

In 1979, a peace treaty was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and witnessed by President Jimmy Carter at the White House.

In 1982, groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington, D.C., for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

In 1992, a judge sentenced former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson to six years in prison for raping a Miss Black America contestant.

In 1997, the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate techno-religious cult who committed suicide were found in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

In 2013, Italy’s top criminal court overturned the acquittal of American Amanda Knox in the grisly murder of British roommate Meredith Kercher and ordered Knox to stand trial again.

In 2018, a toxicology report revealed that the late pop music superstar Prince had levels of fentanyl in his body that multiple experts described as “exceedingly high.”

Ten years ago: The U.S. and Russia sealed the first major nuclear weapons treaty in nearly two decades, agreeing to slash the former Cold War rivals’ warhead arsenals by nearly one-third.

Five years ago: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a measure prohibiting state and local laws that “substantially burden” the ability of people to follow their religious beliefs.

One year ago: The House failed to override President Donald Trump’s first veto, allowing him to steer billions of extra dollars to construct border barriers. Rockland County in New York City’s northern suburbs declared a state of emergency over a measles outbreak that had infected more than 150 people.

Today’s Birthdays: Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is 90. Actor Alan Arkin is 86. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is 80. Actor James Caan is 80. Journalist Bob Woodward is 77. Singer Diana Ross is 76. Actor Johnny Crawford is 74. Rock singer Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) is 72. Singer and TV personality Vicki Lawrence is 71. Actor Ernest Thomas is 71. Comedian Martin Short is 70. Country singer Ronnie McDowell is 70. Rock musician Monte Yoho is 68. Country singer Dean Dillon is 65. Country singer Charly McClain is 64. TV personality Leeza Gibbons is 63. Actress Ellia English is 61. Actress Jennifer Grey is 60. Actor Billy Warlock is 59. Actor Eric Allan Kramer is 58. Actor Michael Imperioli is 54. Country singer Kenny Chesney is 52. Actress Leslie Mann is 48. Actor T.R. Knight is 47. Actress Amy Smart is 44. Actress Bianca Kajlich is 43. Actress Keira Knightley is 35.

Thought for Today: “Life’s like a play; it’s not the length but the excellence of the acting that matters.” — Seneca the Younger, Roman statesman and philosopher (3 B.C.-A.D. 65).

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