March 19 in Pop Culture History

March 19 in Pop Culture History

1649 – The House of Commons of England abolished the House of Lords, declaring it ‘useless and dangerous to the people of England’.

1842 – French writer Honore de Balzac’s play Les Ressources de Quinola opened to an empty house due to a publicity stunt. He had earlier announced that the show had sold out, so nobody actually bought any tickets.

1918 – Congress established time zones and approved daylight saving time.

1931 – The Nevada state legislature voted to legalize gambling

1957 – Graceland was on 13.8 acre estate, and sold for $102,500 to Elvis Presley.

1962 – Bob Dylan released his first album, Bob Dylan.

1979 – C-Span was launched

1983 – First Lady Nancy Reagan made an appearance on an episode of Diff’rent Strokes, beginning her Just Say No anti-drug campaign

1987 – Televangelist Jim Bakker resigned as the host of The PTL Club after involvement in a sex scandal.

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