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Today in History-March 12 Elizabeth Smart found, John Wayne Gacy found guilty

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March 12th was the day in history when…

2003: Kidnapped teen Elizabeth Smart was found. Smart was taken from her bedroom at knifepoint on June 5, 2002. A nine month search ensued during which the police followed up on countless leads. Several wanted fugitives were captured along the way but none of the leads resulted in the discovery of the missing girl. Mary Katherine, Elizabeth’s sister, witnessed the abduction but had difficulty remembering any of the details. In October the nine year old suddenly recalled that the voice of the kidnapper was that of a handyman previously hired by the Smart family. The man was identified as Brian David Mitchell. The day after his picture was shown on “America’s Most Wanted” Mitchell was spotted in Sandy, Utah, 18 miles from the Smart home. Two women were traveling with Mitchell, one of whom was identified as the missing girl. Smart was immediately reunited with her family.

1980: A jury found John Wayne Gacy guilty of murdering 33 in Chicago. Gacy was a serial killer who killed 33 teen and young adult males between 1972 and 1978. Twenty six of the victims were found buried in the crawl space of Gacy’s home and around his property. The defense pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. After a lengthy trial, Gacy was found guilty and sentenced to death.

1963: Bob Dylan canceled his "Ed Sullivan Show" television appearance. It would have been the first time the popular singer appeared on the historic television show. Dylan had planned to perform "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues”, a song which made fun of the John Birch Society. The network called the selection inappropriate and demanded that Dylan choose another song. The performer refused stating that if he could not do what he wanted he would not appear on the program.

Famous Birthdays:

1963: John Andretti – race car driver
1962: Darryl Strawberry – professional baseball player
1948: James Taylor – singer
1946: Liza Minnelli – singer/actress

Notable People Lost:

2003: Lynne Thigpen – actress
2001:
Morton Downey, Jr. – talk show host
2001
: Robert Ludlum – author
1945: Anne Frank – author, “Diary of Anne Frank”
1925: Sun Yat-Sen – Chinese revolutionary president

Odd Holidays (There's Always Something to Celebrate!):

National Workplace Napping Day
National Organize your home office day

Thought for the day: Why is vanilla ice cream white when vanilla extract is brown?

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