TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY IS TUESDAY, MARCH 14, the 73rd day of 2023. There are 292 days left in the year.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On this date in 1794, Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin, an invention that revolutionized America’s cotton industry.
In 1879, physicist Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany.
In 1939, the republic of Czechoslovakia was dissolved, opening the way for Nazi occupation of Czech areas and the separation of Slovakia.
In 1951, during the Korean War, United Nations forces recaptured Seoul.
In 1964, a jury in Dallas found Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, and sentenced him to death. (Both the conviction and death sentence were overturned, but Ruby died before he could be retried.)
In 1967, the body of President John F. Kennedy was moved from a temporary grave to a permanent memorial site at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
In 1990, the Soviet Congress of People’s Deputies held a secret ballot that elected Mikhail S. Gorbachev to a new, powerful presidency.
In 2015, Robert Durst, a wealthy eccentric linked to two killings and his wife’s disappearance, was arrested by the FBI in New Orleans on a murder warrant a day before HBO aired the final episode of a serial documentary about his life. (Durst would be convicted in the shooting death of his friend, Susan Berman; he died in January 2022 while serving a life sentence in California.)
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Former astronaut Frank Borman is 95. Actor Michael Caine and composer-conductor Quincy Jones are 90. Country singer Michael Martin Murphey and rock musician Walt Parazaider (formerly with Chicago) are 78. Comedian Billy Crystal is 75. Actor-writer-comedianradio personality Rick Dees is 72. Prince Albert II, the ruler of Monaco, is 65. Actor Megan Follows is 55. Actors Jake Fogelnest and Chris Klein are 44. Actor Ryan Cartwright (TV: “Kevin Can Wait”) is 42. Actor Kate Maberly is 41. Singermusician Taylor Hanson (Hanson) is 40. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, is 39. Actor Jamie Bell and rock musician Este Haim (Haim) are 37. NBA star Stephen Curry is 35. Actor Ansel Elgort is 29. Olympic gold-medal gymnast Simone Biles is 26.