This day in history

Tuesday, March 26, is the 85th day of 2013. There are 280 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Composer Pierre Boulez is 88. Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is 83. Actor-director Leonard Nimoy is 82. Actor Alan Arkin is 79. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is 73. Actor James Caan is 73. Author Erica Jong is 71. Journalist Bob Woodward is 70. Singer Diana Ross is 69. Rock singer Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) is 65. Comedian Martin Short is 63. Actress Jennifer Grey is 53. Country singer Kenny Chesney is 45. Actress Keira Knightley is 28. Rapper J-Kwon is 27.

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


In 1874, poet Robert Frost was born in San Francisco.

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In 1962, the US Supreme Court, in Baker v. Carr, gave federal courts the power to order reapportionment of states’ legislative districts.

In 1973, the soap opera ‘‘The Young and the Restless’’ premiered on CBS-TV.

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

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


In 1988, Jesse Jackson stunned fellow Democrats by soundly defeating Michael S. Dukakis in Michigan’s Democratic presidential caucuses.

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