Birthdays of Monday, March 18
Nobel peace laureate and former South African president F.W. de Klerk is 77. Country singer Charley Pride is 75. Actor Kevin Dobson is 70. Actor Brad Dourif is 63. Singer Irene Cara is 54. Singer-songwriter James McMurtry is 51. Singer-actress Vanessa L. Williams is 50. Olympic gold medal speedskater Bonnie Blair is 49. Country musician Scott Saunders (Sons of the Desert) is 49. Rock musician Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) is 47. Actor-comedian Dane Cook is 41. Rock musician Stuart Zender is 39. Singers Jaron and Evan Lowenstein are 39. Rock singer Adam Levine (Maroon 5) is 34. Rock musician Daren Taylor (Airborne Toxic Event) is 33. Olympic gold medal figure skater Alexei Yagudin is 33. Actor Adam Pally is 31.
On March 18 in
1837 The 22nd and 24th president of the United States, Grover Cleveland, was born in Caldwell, N.J.
1937 Some 300 people, mostly children, were killed in a gas explosion at a school in New London, Texas.
1938 Mexican President Lazaro Cardenas nationalized his country's petroleum reserves and took control of foreign-owned oil facilities.
1959 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Hawaii statehood bill. (Hawaii became a state on Aug. 21, 1959.)
1963 The U.S. Supreme Court, in Gideon v. Wainwright, ruled unanimously that state courts were required to provide legal counsel to criminal defendants who could not afford to hire an attorney on their own.
1965 The first spacewalk took place as Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov went outside his Voskhod 2 capsule, secured by a tether.
1980 Frank Gotti, the 12-year-old youngest son of mobster John Gotti, was struck and killed by a car driven by John Favara, a neighbor in Queens, N.Y. (The following July, Favara vanished, the apparent victim of a gang hit.)
1990 Thieves made off with 13 works of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston (the crime remains unsolved).
In The Star
March 18, 1938, in The Star: More details have been released concerning reconstruction of the grandstand at Johnston Field so that the Anniston Rams baseball team can enjoy a successful debut season. The new structure will seat about 750, compared to more than 1,000 that the burned-out grandstand would hold. Unfortunately, the deputy state fire marshal, a man who is originally from Anniston, was unable during his investigation to learn who might have started the fire and he has returned to Montgomery. Despite the setback of the grandstand fire, the local organization appears to be well ahead of Gadsden’s. There, a grandstand has yet to be built and the new field lies under a sheet of water, its drainage qualities evidently leaving something to be desired. Anniston’s Duke-Stickney Construction Co. will create the Johnston Field grandstand for a budgeted cost of $3,000. Also this date: The Board of Directors of Anniston County Club has decided to open the doors to non-members specifically so that they might take golfing instruction this spring from the club’s resident pro, Gene Cook.
March 18, 1988, in The Star: The search is on for a new president of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce following the unexpected resignation this morning of F. Michael Gaymon, who has accepted a new position in Columbus, Ga. The announcement surprised chamber board members. Gaymon, who came here in 1983, begins his new job April 18.