This Weekend In History…..

Tight-Rope Walker Falls to Death…..

March 22, 1978……

73-year-old Karl Wallenda, the German-American tight-rope walker with the Great Wallendas, falls over 100 feet to his death during a performance in Puerto Rico.

U.S. Polygamy Ban…..

March 23, 1882…..

The Edmunds Act is signed into law making polygamy a felony and bigamous cohabitation a misdemeanor. More than 1300 men were convicted under this law, but not the women, as they were seen as victims. Those practicing, or approving of, polygamy were banned from voting and holding public office.

Valdez Disaster…..

March 24, 1989……

An Exxon tanker spills 10.8 million gallons of oil off the coast of Alaska. It was the largest oil spill in U.S. history up to that time.