Friday, April 20, 2018

Adv26 For release Wednesday, March 26

1812: An earthquake devastated Caracas, Venezuela, causing an estimated 26,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

1827: Composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna.

1892: Poet Walt Whitman died in Camden, N.J.

1962: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Baker v. Carr, gave federal courts the power to order reapportionment of states' legislative districts.

1964: The musical play Funny Girl, starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opened on Broadway.

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.

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