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Today in History-March 21 J.R. was shot, Hatfields and McCoys called a truce

The Hatfield Clan of Hatfields versus McCoys
The Hatfield Clan of Hatfields versus McCoys

March 21st was the day in history when…

1980: J.R. was shot on “Dallas”. Ewing was the nefarious patriarch on the popular evening soap opera in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The third season ended with a cliffhanger as J.R. was shot in his office by an unseen assailant. Viewers had to wait all summer to find out who did it. The phrase “Who Shot J.R.?” swept the country, appearing everywhere from t-shirts to the presidential race.

1966: Supreme Court reversed the ruling that "Fanny Hill" was obscene. Published in 1748, this erotic novel was considered the first example of a pornographic prose. Over the years it was the subject of many bans and prosecutions. In 1963 the novel was published in Massachusetts by Putnam, and was quickly banned in the United States. Putnam challenged the ban which was eventually overturned in the U.S. Supreme Court.

1891: The feud between the Hatfields and McCoys ended. Negative feelings between the two families grew during the 1850s as the patriarch of each family was business rivals. Violence erupted in 1863 when a member of the Hatfield family shot one of the McCoys in response to the McCoy’s having served in the Union Army when others in the area supported the South. The battle continued for almost 30 years.

Famous Birthdays:

1978: Kevin Federline – dancer
1962: Matthew Broderick – actor
1962: Rosie O'Donnell – comedienne
1958: Gary Oldman – actor
1906: John D. Rockefeller – billionaire philanthropist

Notable People Lost:

2003: Norma MacMillan – voice of Casper
Michael Redgrave – actor
: "Big Jim" Colisimo – U.S. gangster, murdered by Al Capone

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

Bird Day
National Flower Day
Agriculture Day
National Single Parents Day
National Teacher Appreciation Day
World Down Syndrome Day
International Astrology Day
Children's Poetry Day
National Common Courtesy Day
National Teenager Day
Memory Day

Thought for the day: If you dug a hole through the center of the earth, and jumped in, would you stay at the center because of gravity?

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