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This day in history

Today is Wednesday, March 28, the 87th day of 2018. There are 278 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Author Mario Vargas Llosa is 82. Movie director Mike Newell is 76. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is 73. Actress Dianne Wiest is 72. Country singer Reba McEntire is 63. Olympic gold medal gymnast Bart Conner is 60. Rapper Salt is 52. Actress Tracey Needham is 51. Actor Vince Vaughn is 48. Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson is 45. Actress Julia Stiles is 37. Singer Lady Gaga is 32.

In 1797, Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire received a patent for a washing machine.

In 1941, novelist and critic Virginia Woolf, 59, drowned herself near her home in Lewes, England.

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In 1969, the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, died in Washington D.C., at age 78.

In 1979, America’s worst commercial nuclear accident occurred with a partial meltdown inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pa.

In 1987, Maria von Trapp, whose life story inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ‘‘The Sound of Music,’’ died in Morrisville, Vt., at age 82.

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the widow of Olympic legend Jesse Owens.

In 2008, President George W. Bush declared that Iraq was standing at a defining moment as it struggled to put down heavily armed Shi’ite militias in new flare-ups of violence. Cuba made it legal for its citizens to own cellphones in their own names.

In 2013, President Obama, flanked by grim-faced mothers who lost their children to guns, urged lawmakers not to ‘‘get squishy’’ in the face of powerful forces against gun control legislation.

Last year, President Trump proposed immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from such programs as medical research, infrastructure, and community grants so that US taxpayers, not Mexico, could cover the down payment on the border wall. Wells Fargo said it would pay $110 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over up to 2 million accounts its employees opened for customers without getting their permission.

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