Lost and Found – March 26th Edition

What to remember about March 26th…

  • 1776  South Carolina is 1st to break with Britain; takes the lead by declaring independence and by approving new constitution and government
  • 1830  In Palmyra, New York, Book of Mormon goes on sale for first time
  • 1874  American poet Robert Frost is born in San Francisco, California (d. 1963); winner of 4 Pulitzer Prizes
  • 1953  American medical researcher Dr. Jonas Salk announces that he has discovered a vaccine against polio; within just a few years, the number of nationwide new polio cases drops from 58,000 to 6,000
  • 1979  Camp David Accords signed by Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem; 1st peace treaty between the neighbors
  • 1982  Official groundbreaking for Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • 1987 After one of his victims escapes, torture chamber of serial killer and cannibal Gary Heidnik is discovered in Philadelphia, his depravity is an inspiration for Thomas Harris’ Buffalo Bill character in Silence of the Lambs novel
  • 1997  Bodies of 39 Heaven’s Gate cultists found in California after committing group suicide in anticipation of arrival of aliens with Hale-Bopp comet
  • 1999  Jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering lethal dose of medication in “assisted suicide”
  • 2011  Former Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro dies of cancer in Massachusetts (b. 1935); 1st woman to be a Vice Presidential candidate

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