On This Day March 28
1981 – “Rapture,” by Blondie featuring Debbie Harry, becomes the first rap song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track, off the band’s “Autoamerican” album, claims the top spot for two weeks.
1915 – The first American citizen is killed in the eight-month-old European conflict that would become known as World War I. Leon Thrasher, a 31-year-old mining engineer from Massachusetts, drowns when a German submarine torpedoes the cargo-passenger ship Falaba off the coast of England.
1979 – The worst commercial nuclear accident in U.S. history takes place at the Three Mile Island plant near Harrisburg, PA. A mechanical failure in the Unit 2 reactor, compounded by human error, forces thousands to evacuate and triggers a public backlash against the nuclear power industry.
Own a Piece of This Day
Yes, I Glow in the Dark! One Mile from Three Mile Island to Fukushima and Nuclear Hotseat