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A major accident occurred at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island
nuclear power plant on this day in 1979. A nuclear power reactor overheated and suffered a partial meltdown.

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Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969)

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The Spanish Civil War ended as Madrid fell to Francisco Franco
(left) on this day in 1939.

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Maria Augusta von Trapp (January 26, 1905 – March 28, 1987) 

Baroness von Trapp, as she was also know as, was the stepmother 
and matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers and wrote the story about
the singers in 1949. It later inspired the Broadway musical
The Sound
of Music
(1959) and the 1965 film of the same name.

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The Trapp Family Singers, pictured in 1948, rehearse. From
left they are Baroness Maria von Trapp and her daughters,
Johanna, Eleanore, Agathe, Hedwig, Rosmary, Martina, and
Maria.

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Reba Nell McEntire was born in McAlester, Oklahoma. She
is 63 years young today.

Multi-platinum singer, musician, and actress Reba McEntire
released more than three dozen #1 singles and more than a
dozen #1 albums since the 1990s, including
Whoever’s in
New England.
She was in the family singing group "the
Singing McEntires" as a child. Red
Steagall discovered her
during her performance of the National Anthem at a
Rodeo
in Oklahoma City when she was a sophomore in college.

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Reba McCentire (above) as KFC’S first female Colonel Sanders.

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CINDY WILLIAMS IS 69 TODAY

 


Cynthia Jane "Cindy" Williams was born in Van
Nuys, Los Angeles,California.

Cindy Williams starred as Shirley Feeney on the ABC-TV
series Laverne and Shirley from 1976 to 1983. She also
portrayed Laurie Henderson in the hit 1973 coming of age
film American Graffiti. She debuted as an actress through
a variety of commercials for Foster Grant sunglasses and 
and made her big screen debut in the 1970 Roger Corman
movie Gas-s-s-s. Williams co-produced the 1990s Steve
Martin
comedies Father of the Bride and Father of the
Bride Part II.


Cindy Williams in American Graffiti.

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ACTOR GEORGE HAMILTON IS 77 TODAY


George Stevens Hamilton was born in Memphis,
Tennessee
.

Hollywood actor George Hamilton won a Golden
Globe Award in 1960 as the Most Promising Male
Newcomer and starred in the 1971 film, Evel
Knievel
. He has also appeared in Your Cheatin’
Heart
, a 1964 musical. Hamilton starred as country
singer Hank Williams.


George Hamilton poses as Colonel Sanders, the current spokesman
for Kentucky Fried Chicken TV spots.

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LOCAL TV ICON DIED TODAY AT 86


Tom Peterson and his wife Gloria. Tom was born in Saint Paul, MN.

Tom Peterson was a retailer, pitchman and television personality in Portland,
Oregon
. He opened his first store in 1964, which grew to a regional consumer electronics, home appliance and furniture chain in the 1970s. His memorable
television commercials and unusual promotions made him a widely recognized personality in the Portland area by the 1980s. He had suffered from Parkinson’s
disease
and sometimes used a walker or a wheelchair.

 

                 

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FORMER CHILD ACTOR IS 68 TODAY


      Jerry Mathers in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, 1966.


Gerald Patrick "Jerry" Mathers was born in Sioux City, Iowa.

Mathers is known for his classic role as a child on the CBS television
sitcom, Leave It To Beaver from 1957-1963. He made his first TV
commercial at age 2 for PET Milk and was a model for a department
store ad. Following his acting career, he became a successful banker
and real estate investor.

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In 1981, Jerry Mathers worked as a disc jockey at KEZY-AM
radio in Anaheim, California
.

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