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This Day in History for March 26

1790 – US Congress passes Naturalization Act, requires 2-year residency.

1820 – Future Mormon church leader Joseph Smith has his “First Vision” in a wooded area of New York, according to Mormon scholars.

1845 – Patent awarded for adhesive medicated plaster, precursor of Band-Aid.

1910 – US forbid immigration to criminals, anarchists, paupers & the sick.

1930 – Congress appropriates $50,000 for inter-American highway.

1937 – Joe DiMaggio takes Ty Cobb’s advice and replaces his 40 oz bat with a 36 oz one.

1937 – Spinach growers of Crystal City, Texas, erect statue of Popeye.

1942 – Explosion of 20 tons of gelignite in a stone quarry at Easton, Pennsylvania, kills 21.

1945 – Allies led by US Marine Corps secure island of Jima from Imperial Japanese Army, after 18,000 Japanese & 6,000 Americans killed.

1952 – 14th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Kansas beats St. Johns, 80-63; first tournament to have a true “final four” format.

1953 – Dr. Joseph Salk announces vaccine to prevent polo.

1955 – “Ballad of Davy Crockett” becomes the #1 record in US.

1969 – Marcus Welby MD, a TV movie is shown on ABC-TV.

1977 – Focus on the Family is founded by Dr. James Dobson.

1979 – OPEC makes full 14.5% oil price increase for 1979 effective on April 1.

1994 – Bonnie Blair skates world record 5 km ladies (7:03.26)

1999 – A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.

2006 – PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Canadian Stephen Ames shoots a final round 67 to complete biggest win of his career by 6 strokes from Retief Goosen of South Africa.

2016 – US primary elections: Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders wins Washington, Hawaii and Alaska.

2018 – Porn star Stormy Daniels claims she had an affair with Donald Trump in an interview with CBS’s 60 minutes and was later threatened to keep quiet.

2019 – Michelle Obama’s biography “Becoming” sells over 10 million copies according to its publisher Bertelsmann.

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