The Daily News | March 28

Britain and France declared war on Russia, 1854
Maria von Trapp died, 1987
James Francis Thorpe, Olympic athlete, died, 1953
36 tornadoes in Carolinas, 1984
Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident, 1979
Vesta (asteroid) discovered, 1807
Digital Equipment Corporation announced PDP-11, 1970
Mt. Kilauea (Hawaii) erupted, 1983
“The Avengers” first came to US prime time, 1966
Boston subway construction began, 1895
Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th US president, died, 1969
Marc Chagall, French painter, died, 1985
P.T. Barnum became partners with James A. Bailey, 1881
Sergei Rachmaninoff, composer, died, 1943
NOAA 8 (US), search and rescue satellite, launched, 1983
Virginia Woolf, British writer, died, 1941
First bilingual congressional committee report issued, 1978
Pertinax, Roman emperor, assassinated, 193
Stephen Leacock, Canadian economist and humorist, died, 1944
Battle of Glorietta Pass (New Mexico), 1862
Earliest “ice-out” at Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, 1921
Pallas (asteroid) discovered (Olbers), 1802
Constantinople and Angora changed names to Istanbul and Ankara, 1930
Yuri Gagarin, first man in space, died, 1968
Patent for the first washing machine awarded (Nathaniel Briggs), 1797
Karol Szymanowski, Polish composer, died, 1937
Madrid surrendered to Francisco Franco (ending Spanish Civil War), 1939
Louis Braille, teacher of the blind, died, 1852