Today is Tuesday, March 26, the 85th day of 2013. There are 280 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 26, 1979, a peace treaty was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (men-AH'-kem BAY'-gihn) and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and witnessed by President Jimmy Carter at the White House.
On this date:
- In 1812, an earthquake devastated Caracas, Venezuela, causing an estimated 26,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
- In 1827, composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna.
- In 1874, poet Robert Frost was born in San Francisco.
- In 1892, poet Walt Whitman died in Camden, N.J.
- In 1917, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.
- In 1937, a 6-foot-tall statue of the cartoon character Popeye was unveiled during the Second Annual Spinach Festival in Crystal City, Texas.
- In 1958, the U.S. Army launched America's third successful satellite, Explorer 3.
- In 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Baker v. Carr, gave federal courts the power to order reapportionment of states' legislative districts.
- In 1973, English actor, singer, playwright, director, composer and wit Sir Noel Coward died in Jamaica at age 73. The soap opera "The Young and the Restless" premiered on CBS-TV.
- In 1982, groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington D.C., for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
- In 1988, Jesse Jackson stunned fellow Democrats by soundly defeating Michael S. Dukakis in Michigan's Democratic presidential caucuses.
- In 1997, the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate techno-religious cult who'd committed suicide were found inside a rented mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Ten years ago: The Senate approved a $2.2 trillion budget that provided less than half the $726 billion in tax cuts President George W. Bush wanted. Former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan died in Washington D.C., at age 76.