On this Date
Former astronaut Ken Mattingly is 83. Singer-songwriter Jim Weatherly is 76. Singer-songwriter John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful) is 75. Rock musician Harold Brown (War; Lowrider Band) is 73. Actor Patrick Duffy is 70. Actor Kurt Russell is 68. Actor Gary Sinise is 64. Actor Rob Lowe is 55. Rock singer Billy Corgan is 52. Rock musician Melissa Auf der Maur is 47. Olympic gold medal soccer player Mia Hamm is 47. Rock musician Caroline Corr (The Corrs) is 46. Country singer Keifer Thompson (Thompson Square) is 46. Rapper Swifty (D12) is 44. Actress Natalie Zea is 44. Actress Brittany Daniel is 43. Singer and TV personality Tamar Braxton is 42. TV personality Rob Kardashian is 32. Pop/rock singer-songwriter Hozier is 29. Actor John Boyega is 27. Olympic gold medal swimmer Katie Ledecky is 22.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1762, New York held its first St. Patrick’s Day parade.
In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt first likened crusading journalists to a man with “the muckrake in his hand” in a speech to the Gridiron Club in Washington.
In 1958, the U.S. Navy launched the Vanguard 1 satellite. In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled Tibet for India in the wake of a failed uprising by Tibetans against Chinese rule.
In 1970, the United States cast its first veto in the U.N. Security Council, killing a resolution that would have condemned Britain for failing to use force to overthrow the white-ruled government of Rhodesia.
In 1973, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm, a freed prisoner of the Vietnam War, was joyously greeted by his family at Travis Air Force Base in California in a scene captured in a Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photograph.
In 2006, Federal regulators reported the deaths of two women in addition to four others who had taken the abortion pill RU-486; Planned Parenthood said it would immediately stop disregarding the approved instructions for the drug’s use. Fashion designer Oleg Cassini died on Long Island, New York, at age 92.