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.
1998 – Cabaret (Broadway Musical) Opened on March 19, 1998 and Closed: January 4, 2004 (revival)