This day in history

March 29 is the 88th day of 2013. There are 277 days left in the year. This is Good Friday.

Today’s birthdays: Political commentator John McLaughlin is 86. Comedian Eric Idle is 70. Composer Vangelis is 70. Basketball Hall of Famer Walt Frazier is 68. Actor Brendan Gleeson is 58. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Earl Campbell is 58. Rock singer Perry Farrell is 54. Comedian Amy Sedaris is 52. Model Elle Macpherson is 50. Rock singer John Popper is 46. Tennis player Jennifer Capriati is 37.

In 1790, the 10th president, John Tyler, was born in Charles City County, Va.


In 1882, the Knights of Columbus was chartered in Connecticut.

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In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. (They were executed in June 1953.)

In 1971, Army Lieutenant William L. Calley Jr. was convicted of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai massacre. (Calley ended up serving three years under house arrest.)