26 March 2020 (MIA)
1901 — Lazar Lichenoski, the distinguished Macedonian painter, is born in Galichnik. One of the most expressive landscape painters in Macedonia, he integrated folklore elements in all of his paintings. He also painted still lifes, portraits, and did mosaics. Died on April 10, 1964, in Skopje.
1804 — The Louisiana Purchase is divided into the Territory of Orleans and the District of Louisiana.
1827 — Composer Ludwig van Beethoven dies in Vienna.
1875 — Poet Robert Frost is born in San Francisco.
1982 — Groundbreaking ceremonies take place in Washington, D.C., for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1885 — The Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co. of Rochester, N.Y., manufactures the first commercial motion picture film.
1892 — Poet Walt Whitman dies in Camden, N.J.
1911 — Playwright Tennessee Williams was born in Columbus, Miss.
1940 — American politician Nancy Pelosi is born in Baltimore, Maryland.
1962 — The U.S. Supreme Court gives federal courts the power to order reapportionment of seats in a state legislature, a decision that eventually led to the doctrine of “one man, one vote.”
1964 — The musical play “Funny Girl” opens on Broadway.
1971 — East Pakistan proclaims its independence, taking the name Bangladesh.
1979 — The Camp David peace treaty is signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at the White House.
1992 — A judge in Indianapolis sentences former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson to six years in prison for raping a Miss Black America contestant. (Tyson ends up serving three years.)
1997 — The bodies of 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate techno-religious cult who’d committed suicide are found inside a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Former drug counselor John G. Bennett Jr. pleads no contest in Philadelphia to charges stemming from a $100 million charity fraud.
2001 — Comair pilots walk off the job, beginning a three-month strike after contract talks with the regional airline break off.
2006 — In Scotland, the prohibition of smoking in all substantially enclosed public places comes into force.
2017 — Carrie Lam is first woman elected to lead Hong Kong by Beijing-influenced electoral commission.
2018 — US, European Union, and Ukraine expel more than 100 Russian diplomats in response to Russian use of nerve gas in UK.
2019 — European Parliament votes for changes to copyright laws, making internet companies responsible for copyright infringements.