March 29th in history:

The juries in two famous murder trials reached verdicts on March 29th, 1971. One jury convicted Lt. William Calley of murdering Vietnamese civilians in 1968, in what became known as the My Lai massacre. The other jury recommended death sentences for cult leader Charles Manson and three of his female followers.

Two men born in England on March 29th, 1943, took very different paths to fame. John Major went into politics and served as British Prime Minister for seven years. Eric Idle became a comedian and writer, and one of the stars of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.”

Two famous Americans were born on March 29th in the same year, 1918: singer and actress Pearl Bailey, and Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton.

And two people who were in the news in early 1964 died on this day in 1985.  One was Luther Terry, the U.S. surgeon general who released a report in January 1964 that linked lung cancer to cigarette smoking.  The other was Jeanine Deckers, the “Singing Nun” whose record “Dominique” was a top 10 hit when Terry’s report was issued.


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