On This Day March 29
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1790 – Tenth U.S. President John Tyler, who was the first VP to succeed a president that died, and the first president to wed while in office (d. 1862)
1867 – Legendary pitcher Cy Young, after whom Major League Baseball named its annual top honor for pitching (the Cy Young Award) (d. 1955)
1918 – Entrepreneur and Walmart/Sam’s Club founder Sam Walton (d. 1992)
1918 – Tony Award-winning actress-singer Pearl Bailey (“Carmen Jones,” “House of Flowers,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “Porgy and Bess”) (d. 1990)
1940 – Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto, who sang the popular, Grammy-winning 1964 hit, “The Girl From Ipanema”
1943 – Comedian, actor and author Eric Idle, best known as part of the creative team behind the “Monty Python” comedy franchise and its Broadway spinoff, “Spamalot”
1945 – Retired NBA star Walt “Clyde” Frazier
1955 – Pro football Hall of Fame running back and 1977 Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell, who played for the NFL’s Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints
1955 – Actor-director Brendan Gleeson, who played Alastor “Madeye” Moody in the “Harry Potter” movies (“In Bruges,” “28 Days Later,” “Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow,” “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Paddington 2”)
1960 – Actress Annabella Sciorra (“Cadillac Man,” “Jungle Fever,” “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle,” “The Sopranos”)
1964 – Supermodel and actress Elle Macpherson
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.”
1951 – A pipe bomb explosion at Grand Central Station becomes one in a series of terrorist attacks at New York City landmarks by the so-called “Mad Bomber.” The reign of terror finally ends in 1957 when authorities arrest 53-year-old George Metesky, who confesses to his crimes. Metesky planted a total of 33 homemade bombs dating back to 1940.
1971 – A Los Angeles jury recommends the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for murdering actress Sharon Tate and six others.
1973 – The last American troops leave South Vietnam, ending a nearly 10-year U.S. military presence there.
1974 – The unmanned space probe Mariner 10, launched by NASA four months earlier, becomes the first spacecraft to visit Mercury, sending back close-up images of a planet normally obscured because of its proximity to the sun.
1969 – Blood, Sweat & Tears reach No. 1 on the Billboard album chart with their self- titled album, featuring the hits “Spinning Wheel,” “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” and “And When I Die.”
1973 – Just days after their hit “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” becomes a Top 10 single, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show really do wind up on the cover of “Rolling Stone” magazine.
1975 – “Lady Marmalade” by LaBelle, featuring Patti LaBelle, tops the singles chart.
1980 – Pink Floyd holds the top spot on the U.S. singles chart with “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2.”
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.
1997 – “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” by Puff Daddy featuring Mase, is in the middle of six weeks as a Billboard chart-topper.
2003 – 50 Cent continues his reign over the singles chart with “In da Club.”
2008 – “Love in This Club,” by Usher featuring Young Jeezy, begins its third and final week on top of the Billboard Hot 100.