spotlight Today in history: March 26 Mar 26, 2020 Mar 26, 2020 0 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1827: Ludwig van Beethoven In 1827, composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna. AP 1911: Tennessee Williams In 1911, American playwright Tennessee Williams ("The Glass Menagerie," "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof") was born in Columbus, Miss. AP 1964: "Funny Girl" In 1964, the musical play "Funny Girl," starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opened on Broadway. AP 1979: Peace Treaty In 1979, a peace treaty was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (men-AH'-kem BAY'-gihn) and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and witnessed by President Jimmy Carter at the White House. AP 1982: Vietnam Veterans Memorial In 1982, groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington, D.C., for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. AP 1988: Jesse Jackson In 1988, Jesse Jackson stunned fellow Democrats by soundly defeating Michael S. Dukakis in Michigan's Democratic presidential caucuses. AP 1992: Mike Tyson In 1992, a judge in Indianapolis sentenced former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson to six years in prison for raping a Miss Black America contestant. (Tyson ended up serving three years.) AP 2010: Gilbert Arenas Ten years ago: NBA player Gilbert Arenas was sentenced to 30 days in a halfway house for bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room. AP 2010: South Korea Ten years ago: A South Korean warship exploded and sank near a disputed maritime border with North Korea, killing 46 sailors. (South Korea blamed North Korea, which denied involvement.) AP 2010: U.S. and Russia Ten years ago: The U.S. and Russia sealed the first major nuclear weapons treaty in nearly two decades, agreeing to slash the former Cold War rivals' warhead arsenals by nearly one-third. AP 2013: Amanda Knox In 2013, Italy's top criminal court overturned the acquittal of American Amanda Knox in the grisly murder of British roommate Meredith Kercher and ordered Knox to stand trial again. (Although convicted in absentia, Knox was exonerated by the Italian Supreme Court in 2015.) AP 2015: Mike Pence Five years ago: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a measure prohibiting state and local laws that "substantially burden" the ability of people to follow their religious beliefs; opponents charged the new law could legalize discrimination against gay people. AP 2018: Prince In 2018, a toxicology report obtained by The Associated Press revealed that the late pop music superstar Prince had levels of fentanyl in his body that multiple experts described as "exceedingly high." AP 2019: Green New Deal One year ago: The Senate defeated a motion to take up the Green New Deal, rejecting an opportunity to debate a comprehensive climate change plan offered by Democrats. AP 2019: Jussie Smollett One year ago: Prosecutors in Chicago abruptly dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett, the “Empire” actor who was accused of faking a racist, anti-gay attack on himself; they said they still believed that Smollett had concocted the assault. (A grand jury revived the criminal case with new charges against Smollett in February 2020.) AP 2019: Measles One year ago: Rockland County in New York City’s northern suburbs declared a state of emergency over a measles outbreak that had infected more than 150 people; the action included a ban against unvaccinated children in public places. AP 0 comments Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Birthday Celebrity Related to this collection Most Popular +15 Archives Today in history: March 28 Mar 28, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +25 Archives Interesting things people found in Wiscnews.com archives Mar 26, 2020 Here’s what people are uncovering in Wiscnews.com newspaper archives. Search our historical issues for obituaries, marriage and birth announce… +17 Archives Today in history: March 24 Mar 24, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +16 Archives Today in history: March 27 Mar 27, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +23 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: March 29 Mar 29, 2020 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Brendan Gleeson, Elle Macpherson, Lucy Lawless, Perry Farrell, Walt… +35 Archives Today’s top pics: Virus Outbreak and more Mar 26, 2020 Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press. +37 Archives Today’s top pics: Coronavirus Outbreak and more 12 hrs ago Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press. +20 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: March 25 Mar 25, 2020 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Anita Bryant, Bonnie Bedelia, Danica Patrick, James Lovell, Sir Elt… +42 Archives Top pics from the weekend: U.S. Navy hospital ship, and more Mar 30, 2020 Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press.