Today In History, March 26th

1780 – The British Gazette and Sunday Monitor was published for the first time. It was the first Sunday newspaper in Britain.

1804 – The Louisiana Purchase was divided into the District of Louisiana and the Territory of Orleans.

1804 – The U.S. Congress ordered the removal of Indians east of the Mississippi to Louisiana.

1885 – Eastman Kodak (Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co.) produced the first commercial motion picture film in Rochester, New York.

1898 – In South Africa, the world’s first game reserve, the Sabi Game reserve, was designated. (Image: Wikipedia)

1910 – The U.S. Congress passed an amendment to the 1907 Immigration Act that barred criminals, paupers, anarchists and carriers of disease from settling in the U.S.

1937 – Spinach growers in Crystal City, Texas, erected a statue of Popeye.

1942 – The Germans began sending Jews to Auschwitz in Poland.

1953 – Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine that would prevent poliomyelitis. 

1964 – Pete Best (formerly of the Beatles) appeared live on the TV show “I’ve Got a Secret”.

1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their “bed-in” for peace in Amsterdam.

1973 – Women were allowed on the floor of the London Stock Exchange for the first time.

1975 – The film “Tommy” premiered in London. The movie was based on the rock opera by The Who.

1989 – The first free elections took place in the Soviet Union. Boris Yeltsin was elected. 

1995 – Seven of the 15 European Union states abolished border controls. 

1997 – The 39 bodies of Heaven’s Gate members are found in a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The group had committed suicide thinking that they would be picked up by a spaceship following behind the comet Hale-Bopp.

(Source: On-This-Day)

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