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Today in History

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Today is Thursday, March 26, the 86th day of 2020. There are 280 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On March 26, 1945, during World War II, Iwo Jima was fully secured by U.S. forces following a final, desperate attack by Japanese soldiers.

On this date

In 1812, an earthquake devastated Caracas, Venezuela, causing an estimated 26,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

In 1827, composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna.

In 1964, the musical play "Funny Girl," starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opened on Broadway.

In 1982, groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington, D.C., for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

In 1992, a judge in Indianapolis sentenced former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson to six years in prison for raping a Miss Black America contestant. Tyson ended up serving three years.

In 1997, the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate techno-religious cult who committed suicide were found inside a rented mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Today's birthdays

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is 90. Actor Alan Arkin is 86. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is 80. Actor James Caan is 80.  Journalist Bob Woodward is 77. Singer Diana Ross is 76. Rock singer Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) is 72. Singer and TV personality Vicki Lawrence is 71. Comedian Martin Short is 70. TV personality Leeza Gibbons is 63. Actress Jennifer Grey is 60. Basketball and College Basketball Hall of Famer John Stockton is 58. Actor Michael Imperioli is 54. Country singer Kenny Chesney is 52. Actress Leslie Mann is 48. Actor T.R. Knight is 47. Actress Amy Smart is 44. Actress Keira Knightley is 35. 

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