(Monday, March 30, 1992) — The politically incorrected The Silence of the Lambs re-wrote Academy Award history tonight as the grisly drama about an FBI rookie and a flesh-eating killer swept the top five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director (Jonathan Demme) Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally) at the 64th Academy Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and hosted by Billy Crystal. Continue reading ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ scores surprise sweep at Oscars 20 years ago tonight (1992)
(Sunday, March 30, 1952, 8 p.m. EST) — Jackie Gleason performs his bakery comedy routine with the conveyer belt on tonight’s edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show.
Video: Key Biscayne meeting (at 6:48)
(Thursday, March 30, 1972) — Former U.S. Attorney John N. Mitchell, who had become head of President Nixon’s re-election campaign committee, and Jeb Stuart Magruder, Mr. Mitchell’s deputy, approved a “dirty tricks” campaign, including the Watergate break-in, during a meeting today in Key Biscayne, Florida. Continue reading Nixon campaign approves ‘dirty tricks’ 40 years ago today (1972)
(Thursday, March 30, 1972, noon Indochina Time, during the Vietnam War) — The Easter Offensive, the largest offensive operation since 300,000 Chinese volunteers had crossed the Yalu River into North Korea during the Korean War, began today with an intense North Vietnamese artillery barrage on the northernmost South Vietnamese outposts in Quang Tri Province. Continue reading North Vietnamese launch Easter Offensive 40 years ago this hour (1972)