This day in history
Today is Sunday, March 26, the 85th day of 2017. There are 280 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is 87. Actor Alan Arkin is 83. Singer Diana Ross is 73. Rock singer Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) is 69. Rock musician Monte Yoho is 65. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is 64. TV personality Leeza Gibbons is 60. Actress Ellia English is 58. Country singer Kenny Chesney is 49. Actress Keira Knightley is 32. Rapper J-Kwon is 31.
In 1812, an earthquake devastated Caracas, Venezuela, causing an estimated 26,000 deaths, according to the US Geological Survey.
In 1827, composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna.
In 1874, poet Robert Frost was born in San Francisco.
In 1892, poet Walt Whitman died in Camden, N.J.
In 1917, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first US team to win the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of the finals by a score of 9-1.
In 1945, during World War II, Iwo Jima was fully secured by US forces following a final, desperate attack by Japanese soldiers.
In 1967, Pope Paul VI issued an encyclical, ‘‘Populorum Progressio,’’ on ‘‘the progressive development of peoples,’’ in which he expressed concern for those trying to escape hunger, poverty, endemic disease and ignorance.
In 1979, a peace treaty was signed by Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt 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 1997, the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate techno-religious cult who’d committed suicide were found inside a rented mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, California.