March 27th was the day in history when…
1991: Donnie Wahlberg was arrested on arson charges. Wahlberg first entered the public eye as a member of the boy band “New Kids on the Block.” While staying at The Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky the singer started a fire in a hallway using a bottle of alcohol as the accelerant. Wahlberg was able to make a deal in which he agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge of second degree criminal mischief. Included in the agreement was a stipulation that he had to make public service announcements warning against the dangers of using drugs and alcohol, driving under the influence, and fire safety. The charges were eventually dropped.
1912: The first Japanese cherry blossom trees were planted in Washington D.C. The government of Japan gave the gorgeous trees to the U.S. as a symbol of the growing friendship between the two countries. A ceremony was held on this date in which the first two trees were planted by First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador on the north bank of the Potomac River in West Potomac Park. Mrs. Taft gave Mrs. Chinda a bouquet of American Beauty Roses in return.
1790: The shoelace was invented. After this momentous day the citizens of England, and eventually the world, no longer had to toil with buckles to fasten their shoes. This date saw the first recorded use of the string and shoe hole method of securing footwear. No more buckle-pinched fingers!
1971: Mariah Carey – singer
1963: Quentin Tarantino – director and screenwriter
1960: Jennifer Grey – actress
1958: Bart Connor – gymnast and sportscaster
1958: Shaun Cassidy – singer/actor
Notable People Lost:
2002: Dudley Moore – actor
2002: Milton Berle – comedian
1972: M. C. Escher – artist
Odd Holidays (There's Always Something to Celebrate!):
American Diabetes Alert Day
National "Joe" Day. Everyone who hates their name can be called Joe this day.
Thought for the day: If you blew a bubble in space would it pop?
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