This week in history

March 24, 1973

British Rock band Pink Floyd released the album “The Dark Side of the Moon”. The album was produced at the Beatles-famous Abbey Road Studios and has since sold over 50 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.

March 25, 1969

John Lennon and Yoko Ono checked in the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel for their honeymoon and held a “Bed-In for Peace”. The newlyweds turned their wedding publicity into a promotion for world peace by inviting the press into their room every day for a week.

March 26, 1982

Groundbreaking took place for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. The national memorial, which was completed in November 1982, honors members of the U.S. armed forces who fought, died or went missing during the Vietnam War. The memorial receives around three million visitors each year.

March 27, 1952

“Singing in the Rain”, an American musical-comedy starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, debuted. The film was only a modest hit at first, but is now widely considered one of the best musical films ever made and has inspired numerous pop culture references.

March 28, 1969

The 34th U.S. president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, died of congestive heart failure at age 78. His wife, Mamie Eisenhower, was buried next to him 10 years later on the grounds of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kan.

March 29, 2004

The Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants, bars, clubs and company vehicles. Five years later, Ireland enacted law prohibiting the advertising of tobacco products in all retail stores.

March 30, 1932

Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. She flew from Canada to Northern Ireland in 14 hours and 56 minutes. For this record, she received the Distinguished Flying Cross, which recognizes extraordinary achievement in aerial flight.

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