TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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To­day is Fri­day, March 27, the 87th day of 2020. There are 279 days left in the year.

On March 27, 2006, alQaida con­spir­a­tor Zacarias Mous­saoui tes­ti­fied at his fed­eral trial that he was sup­posed to hi­jack a fifth air­plane on Sept. 11, 2001, and fly it into the White House.

In 1513, Span­ish ex­plorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted present-day Florida.

In 1933, Japan of­fi­cially with­drew from the League of Nations.

In 1945, dur­ing World War II, Gen­eral Dwight D. Eisen­hower told re­porters in Paris that Ger­man de­fenses on the Western Front had been bro­ken.

In 1958, Nikita Khrushchev be­came Soviet premier in ad­di­tion to First Sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party.

In 1964, Alaska was hit by a mag­ni­tude 9.2 earth­quake (the strong­est on record in North Amer­ica) and tsunamis that to­gether claimed about 130 lives.

In 1968, Soviet cos­mo­naut Yuri Ga­garin, the first man to or­bit the Earth in 1961, died when his MiG15 jet crashed dur­ing a rou­tine train­ing flight near Moscow; he was 34.

In 1973, “The God­fa­ther” won the Academy Award for best pic­ture of 1972, but its star, Mar­lon Brando, re­fused to ac­cept his Os­car for best ac­tor. Liza Min­nelli won best ac­tress for “Cabaret.”

In 1975, con­struc­tion be­gan on the Trans-Alaska Pipe­line, which was com­pleted two years later.

In 1977, in aviation’s worst dis­as­ter, 583 peo­ple were killed when a KLM Boe­ing 747, at­tempt­ing to take off in heavy fog, crashed into a Pan Am

747 on an air­port run­way on the Ca­nary Is­land of Tener­ife.

In 1980, 123 work­ers died when a North Sea float­ing oil field plat­form, the Alexan­der Kiel­land, cap­sized dur­ing a storm.

In 1990, the U.S. be­gan test broad­casts of TV Marti to Cuba, which promptly jammed the sig­nal.

In 2005, Pope John

Paul II de­liv­ered an Easter Sun­day bless­ing to tens of thou­sands of peo­ple in St. Peter’s Square, but the ail­ing pon­tiff was un­able to speak and man­aged only to greet the sad­dened crowd with a sign of the cross. In a live In­ter­net in­ter­view with the Rev. Jesse Jack­son, Michael Jack­son de­clared him­self “com­pletely in­no­cent” of child mo­lesta­tion charges and said he was the vic­tim of a con­spir­acy.

Ten years ago: Lights were switched off across the world from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. lo­cal time to mark Earth Hour, an event or­ga­nized by the World Wildlife Fund to high­light con­cerns about global warm­ing. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama an­nounced he would by­pass a va­ca­tion­ing Se­nate and name 15 peo­ple to key ad­min­is­tra­tion jobs us­ing re­cess ap­point­ments.

Five years ago: Italy’s high­est court over­turned the mur­der con­vic­tion of Amanda Knox and her exboyfrien­d in the 2007 slay­ing of Knox’s room­mate, bring­ing to a de­fin­i­tive end the high-pro­file case that had cap­ti­vated trial-watch­ers on both sides of the At­lantic. U.S. Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., an­nounced he would re­tire the fol­low­ing year.

One year ago: A Wis­con­sin man, Jake Pat­ter­son, pleaded guilty to kid­nap­ping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her par­ents; the plea spared the girl from the pos­si­ble trauma of hav­ing to tes­tify at his trial. (Pat­ter­son was sen­tenced to life in prison.) Face­book said it was ex­tend­ing its ban on hate speech to pro­hibit the pro­mo­tion and sup­port of white na­tion­al­ism and white sep­a­ratism.

To­day’s Birth­days: Ac­tor Ju­lian Glover is 85. Ac­tor Jerry Lacy is 84. Hall of Fame racer Cale Yar­bor­ough is 81. Ac­tordi­rec­tor Austin Pendle­ton is 80. Ac­tor Michael York is 78. Rock mu­si­cian Tony Banks (Ge­n­e­sis) is 70. Rock mu­si­cian An­drew Far­riss (INXS) is 61. Jazz mu­si­cian Dave Koz is 57. Movie di­rec­tor Quentin Tarantino is 57. Rock mu­si­cian Der­rick McKen­zie

(Jamiro­quai) is 56. Rock mu­si­cian Johnny April (Staind) is 55. Ac­tress Tal­isa Soto is 53. Ac­tor Ben Koldyke is 52. Ac­tress Pauley Per­rette is 51. Singer Mariah Carey is 50. Rock mu­si­cian Bren­dan Hill (Blues Trav­eler) is 50. Ac­tress El­iz­a­beth Mitchell is 50. Ac­tor Nathan Fil­lion is 49. Hip-hop singer Fergie is 45. Jazz mu­si­cian Tia Fuller is 44. Ac­tress Emily Ann Lloyd is 36. MLB catcher Buster Posey is 33. Ac­tress Brenda Song is 32. Pop singer-song­writer Kim­bra is 30. Ac­tress Tay­lor Atelian is 25. Ac­tress/ R&B singer Halle Bailey is 20. Clas­si­cal crossover singer Amira Wil­ligha­gen (TV: “Hol­land’s Got Tal­ent”) is 16.

Thought for To­day: “Fear grows in dark­ness; if you think there’s a bo­gey­man around, turn on the light.” — Dorothy Thomp­son, Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist (1894-1961).

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