This day in history

Today is Thursday, March 29, the 88th day of 2018. There are 277 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Author Judith Guest is 82. Former British prime minister John Major is 75. Comedian Eric Idle is 75. Composer Vangelis is 75. Basketball Hall of Famer Walt Frazier is 73. Actor Bud Cort is 70. Actor Brendan Gleeson is 63. Football Hall of Famer Earl Campbell is 63. Gymnast Kurt Thomas is 62. Rock singer Perry Farrell is 59. Comedian-actress Amy Sedaris is 57. Model Elle Macpherson is 55. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Democrat of Nevada, is 54. Movie director Michel Hazanavicius is 51. Actress Lucy Lawless is 50. CBS News correspondent Lara Logan is 47. Tennis Hall of Famer Jennifer Capriati is 42.


In 1638, Swedish colonists settled in present-day Delaware.

In 1792, Sweden’s King Gustav III died, nearly two weeks after he had been shot by an assassin during a masquerade party.

In 1867, Britain’s Parliament passed, and Queen Victoria signed, an act creating the Dominion of Canada.

In 1912, British explorer Robert Falcon Scott, his doomed expedition stranded in an Antarctic blizzard after failing to be the first to reach the South Pole, wrote the last words of his journal: ‘‘For Gods sake look after our people.’’

In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted in New York of conspiracy to commit espionage for the Soviet Union. (They were executed in June 1953.)

In 1971, Army Lieutenant William L. Calley Jr. was convicted of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians in the 1968 My Lai massacre. (Calley ended up serving three years under house arrest.) A jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. (The sentences were later commuted.)

In 1973, the last United States combat troops left South Vietnam, ending America’s direct military involvement in the Vietnam War.


In 1984, under cover of early morning darkness, the Baltimore Colts football team left its home city of three decades and moved to Indianapolis.

Last year, Britain filed for divorce from the European Union as Prime Minister Theresa May sent a six-page letter to EU Council President Donald Tusk. Thirteen people were killed when a small church bus collided with a pickup truck on a two-lane road about 75 miles west of San Antonio.