On This Day March 29
1986 – Austrian musician Falco (real name Johann Hölzel) owns the No. 1 single in the U.S. with “Rock Me Amadeus.” His tribute to the classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart holds the top spot for three weeks.
1929 – For the first time in history, a telephone sits on the president’s desk in the Oval Office. President Herbert Hoover had one installed after growing tired of using a phone in the foyer just outside his office.
1951 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are convicted of passing atomic secrets to the Soviets and are sentenced to death. During sentencing, Judge Irving Kaufman tells the couple, “I consider your crime worse than murder.”