March 28th, 1979:
(AP Archive Video / AP Photos)
America's worst commercial nuclear accident takes place at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania.
Though the health effects are considered small, the accident strengthens opposition to the nation's nuclear power industry.
(SOT of Ike on D-Day)
In Washington, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower --- who led the D-Day Invasion of World War Two --- dies at age 78.
The Spanish Civil War effectively ends as Madrid falls to the forces of General Francisco Franco.
He rules Spain as its dictator for more than three-and-a-half decades.
(NAT from "The Sound of Music")
Maria von Trapp --- whose life inspired the musical and movie "The Sound of Music" --- dies in Vermont at age 82.
(NAT of "Fancy")
Country singer Reba McEntire is born in McAlester, Oklahoma.
Today in History, March 28th --- ___ ___, The Associated Press.