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Moments in time

 

 

• On March 20, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln’s sons, Willie and Tad, are diagnosed with the measles. The boys recovered, but in 1862 Willie contracted typhoid fever and died. Tad died at age 18 in 1871. Of Lincoln’s four boys, only the first child, Robert, lived to an advanced age; he passed away at age 82 in 1926.

• On March 16, 1926, Robert Goddard successfully launches the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket at Auburn, Massachusetts. The 10-foot-tall rocket traveled for 2.5 seconds at a speed of about 60 mph, reaching an altitude of 41 feet and landing 184 feet away.

• On March 19, 1953, for the first time, audiences are able to watch from their living rooms as the movie world’s most prestigious honors, the Academy Awards, are given out at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California.

• On March 21, 1971, “The Andromeda Strain,” the first movie to use computer animation, opens. Based on a Michael Crichton book, the sci-fi thriller featured scientists racing against time and an alien virus.

• On March 17, 2000, Julia Roberts becomes the first actress ever to command $20 million per movie when “Erin Brockovich” is released. At the time, $20 million was the standard paycheck for Hollywood’s male stars.

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