Today is Wednesday, March 18th. It’s Transit Driver Appreciation Day, National Public Defender Day, Global Recycling Day, Awkward Moments Day, Forgive Mom and Dad Day and National Sloppy Joe Day

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Today is the day that…

— in 1541, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto observes the first recorded flood in America (Mississippi River)

— in 1834, The first railroad tunnel in the U.S. is completed in Pennsylvania

— in 1850, American Express was founded

— in 1892, Lord Stanley presents a silver challenge cup for hockey (now known as the Stanley Cup)

— in 1931, The first electric razors go on sale in the U.S. (Schick)

— in 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Hawaii statehood bill

— in 1961, the Pillsbury Dough Boy was introduced

— in 1965, Soviet Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov leaves his spacecraft Voskhod Two for twelve minutes, becoming the first person to walk in space

— in 1967, Former Spencer Davis Group lead singer Steve Winwood announces plans to form the band Traffic.

— in 1970, a two-week U.S. postal strike begins, it’s the largest wildcat strike in U.S. history

— in 1972, Neil Young’s “Heart Of Gold,” with backing vocals by James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, goes to #1 in the US.

— in 1978, The Bee Gees’ “Night Fever” hits #1 on the Hot 100 and stays there for eight weeks, becoming the longest-running chart-topper of 1978.

— also in 1978, 350-thousand people attend Cal Jam II at Ontario Motor Speedway outside of Los Angeles. The largest festival of the late ’70s featured Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Santana and Heart.

— in 1982, soul singer Teddy Pendergrass was paralyzed from the waist down after his Rolls Royce crashed into a tree in Philadelphia

— in 1990, The largest art robbery in U.S. history: thirteen works of art worth over $500 million are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston

— in 1994, Former SIU student Darryl Jones replaces Bill Wyman as bassist for The Rolling Stones

— in 1995, Michael Jordan announces he is ending his 17-month NBA retirement

— in 2001, John Phillips from The Mamas & the Papas died

— in 2002, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Brenda Lee, Gene Pitney, and Isaac Hayes are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

— in 2005, doctors removed Florida woman Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube. She died 13 days later

— in 2009, actress Natasha Richardson died after suffering a head injury in a skiing accident. She was just 45, leaving behind her husband Liam Neeson and their two sons.

— in 2017, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Chuck Berry dies at the age of 90

— and in 2018, Facebook founded Mark Zuckerberg is called to testify before the Senate Judiciary in the wake of a data mining scandal with Cambridge Analytica

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