On This Day March 28
1964 – “She Loves You,” by The Beatles, tops the U.S. pop chart. It is the second of three consecutive singles that keep The Beatles at No. 1 from the beginning of February through the beginning of May of that year.
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.
2001 – Sean Combs, the Grammy-winning artist formerly known as both Puffy and Puff Daddy, tells MTV that he now wants to be known as P. Diddy. In August 2005, he changes his stage name to simply Diddy.
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