ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ MARCH 28
1885 - US Salvation Army officially organized
1891 - 1st world weightlifting championship held
1905 - Marlin Perkins, Carthage Mo, TV host (Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom) (d.1986) is born
1906 - Robert (Bob) Allen, actor (Texas Rangers) is born
1910 - Jimmie Dodd, American actor (Mouseketeer and adult leader of Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club (d. 1964 of cancer) is born
1922 - 1st microfilm device introduced
1933 - German Reichstag confers dictatorial powers on Hitler
1944 - Astrid Lindgren sprains ankle & begins writing Pippi Longstocking
1945 - Last German V-1 (buzz bomb) attack on London
1948 - John Evans, (Aka Evan) rock drummer (Jethro Tull) is born
1948 - Dianne Wiest, KC MO, actress (Hannah & Her Sisters, Footloose) is born
1949 - Milan Williams, US keyboardist (Commodores-Three Times a Lady) is born
1955 - Reba McEntire, McAlester Ok, country singer (Can't Even Get the Blues) is born
1957 - 1st National Curling Championship held
1958 - Eddie Cochran records "Summertime Blues."
1963 - AFL's NY Titan's become the NY Jets
1966 - Gary Lewis records "Green Grass."
1967 - UN Sect General U Thant makes public proposals for peace in Vietnam
1967 - Van Morrison records "Brown Eyed Girl."
1969 - Dwight D Eisenhower, 34th pres/gen (WW 2), dies in Washington at 78
1969 - Joe Cocker plays his first American concert.
1970 - Vince Vaughn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, American actor (Swingers, Wedding Crashers) is born
1972 - Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game
1974 - Rock group Raspberries breakup
1976 - Genesis began its first North American tour since Peter Gabriel's departure. Phil Collins was the new lead singer.
1977 - 49th Academy Awards - "Rocky," Peter Finch & Faye
1979 - Major nuclear accident at 3 Mile Island, Middletown, Pa (no deaths)
1979 - Emmett Kelly, circus clown (Weary Willy), dies at 80
1979 - Eric Clapton and Patti "Layla" Boyd are married. Patti was George Harrison's ex-wife.
1980 - Dick Haymes, actor (Real Life, Betrayal), dies
1985 - Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues," premieres in NYC
1987 - Maria Augusta Trapp, singer (Trapp Family Singers), dies at 82
1987 - Patrick Troughton, actor (Dr Who-Dr Who), dies at 56
1990 - President Bush awards Jesse Owen the Congressional Gold Medal
1995 - Julia Roberts & Lyle Lovette split-up
1996 - Phil Collins announced that he was leaving Genesis to concentrate on his solo career.
2004 - Peter Ustinov, British actor (b. 1921) dies
2012 - Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass musician, dies from natural causes at 88