Hans Remembers- an eventful day Saturday March 15, 1969- 50 years ago today.
- On this day in London- Judy Garland married her fifth and as it turned out her final husband musician and entrepreneur Mickey Deans. The couple had met in a New York City hotel in 1966 and after three years of on and off dating Deans proposed and they were married. Deans would try to manage Garland’s career but her excessive drug use made that impossible. She would die of an accidental overdose of barbiturates in late June. Deans would die at the age of 67 in 2002 of heart failure.
- President Richard Milhous Nixon on this day authorized the U.S. Department of Defense to begin aerial bombing in the Vietnam war- of the Kingdom of Cambodia. This move was kept secret from the press and the U.S. Congress. The secret bombing would start on March 18th and wouldn’t be exposed until May 9th when The New York Times broke the story.
- In Beatles news- just days after Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman- John Lennon and Yoko Ono were planning on getting married but passport issues had stalled the wedding. On this day they got caught ‘standing in the dock at Southampton, trying to get to Holland or France.”- as John would sing in The Ballad of John and Yoko.
- In Colorado Springs, Colorado the Denver University Pioneers won the NCAA Ice Hockey Championship by beating the Cornell Big Red 4-3. It was back to back titles for Denver who had beaten North Dakota a year earlier and it was their 5th title in school history. Denver is still a college hockey power- having won their 8th title in 2017.
- Born 50 years ago today- actress Kim Raver- best known [at least to me} as Audrey Raines in “24” She was in seasons 4-5-6 and in 24: Live Another Day as the daughter of Secreatary of Defense James Heller- and Jack Bauer’s significant other. Her character was an Inter-Agency Liaison for the US Department of Defense.
- Former NFL safety and current ESPN analyst Louis Riddick turns 50- he played his college ball at the University of Pittsburgh, played in the NFL from 1991-99 and served in the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles front offices before going to work at ESPN.