Birthdays of Monday, March 11
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is 82. ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson is 79. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is 77. Singer Bobby McFerrin is 63. Movie director Jerry Zucker is 63. Actress Susan Richardson is 61. Actor-director Peter Berg is 51. Actor Jeffrey Nordling is 51. Actress Alex Kingston is 50. Actor John Barrowman is 46. Singer Lisa Loeb is 45. Singer Pete Droge is 44. Actor Terrence Howard is 44. Rock musician Rami Jaffee is 44. Rock singer-musicians Joel and Benji Madden (Good Charlotte) are 34. Actor Rob Brown is 29. Actor Anton Yelchin is 24.
On March 11 in
1888 The Blizzard of '88, also known as the “Great White Hurricane,” began inundating the northeastern United States, resulting in some 400 deaths.
1861 The Constitution of the Confederate States of America was adopted by the Confederate Congress in Montgomery.
1862 During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln removed Gen. George B. McClellan as general-in-chief of the Union armies, leaving him in command of the Army of the Potomac, a post McClellan also ended up losing.
1959 The Lorraine Hansberry drama A Raisin in the Sun opened at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theater.
1965 the Rev. James J. Reeb, a white minister from Boston, died after being beaten by whites during civil rights disturbances in Selma.
1985 Mikhail S. Gorbachev was chosen to succeed the late Soviet President Konstantin U. Chernenko.
1993 Janet Reno was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to be attorney general.
In The Star
March 11, 1938, in The Star: The Anniston City Council last night approved the men appointed by Mayor W. S. Coleman to the newly formed Anniston Housing Authority. The authority is expected to commence plans immediately for getting a housing or slum-clearance project here. The authority is composed of J. R. Morgan, W. P. Acker, J. Ralph Hamilton, Howard Trammell and L. T. Smith. It is understood that much detail is required in preparing an application for a housing project and it will take a number of weeks before one is ready to send off to Washington. Among other items of business, the council also granted the Southern Bell Telephone Company a franchise to operate in Anniston for a period of 30 years. Under the terms of the franchise the city will receive five free telephones and all other municipal-use telephones, including those in schools, will cost two-thirds the company’s usual rate. Also this date: The coming importance of softball was emphasized today as the seven high schools in Calhoun County worked toward formation of an eight-club league to provide a new major sport. Representatives of the seven schools gathered at Anniston High School yesterday to talk about the plan and arrange a schedule; the season will last from six to eight weeks. It was understood that Anniston High School would field two teams in order to make the league fill out to an even eight.
March 11, 1988, in The Star: The Jacksonville Board of Education has tentatively selected a screening committee to review applications of persons seeking to become the city’s next superintendent of education. Six Jacksonville residents will assist five board members in the process; the residents’ names were not released because they haven’t been all contacted yet.