Taking a look back on a few events that has taken place on March 22nd in previous years.
1954 – First shopping mall in the United States opened in Southfield, Michigan, a suburb north of Detroit. The mall was built on a 159 acre tract of land and was named Northland Center. It took approximately 2 years to build and housed 100 stores including 4 anchor stores and a cinema. This mall remained open for exactly 61 years, with the last anchor store, Macy’s, closing its door on March 22, 2015.
1967 – Muhammad Ali knocks out Zora Folley in round 7 of a planned 15 round bout held at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, to win Boxing’s Heavyweight Champion of the World title. This was the first World Heavyweight Championship fight to be held at Madison Square Garden since 1951.
1972 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was named the National Basketball Association’s Most Valuable Player while he was part of the Milwaukee Bucks team. He later went on to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. He always wore number 33. He is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points and won the league-record of six MVP awards. After 20 season of playing in the NBA, he retired from basketball in 1989 at the age of 47. Abdul-Jabbar stands a towering 7 feet 2 inches tall!
1986 – Heart’s “These Dreams” single goes #1. This song was released as a single on January 18, 1986, the third single released from their 1985 self-titled album on the Capitol Records label. Even though Heart gained notoriety and commercial success with previous hits such as “Crazy On You”, “Magic Man”, “Barracuda” and “Straight On”, “These Dreams” was the band’s first number one hit. Interestingly, this song was first offered to Stevie Nicks, who had no interest in recording it.
1997 – the Hale-Bopp Comet made its closest approach to Earth on this date. This comet was considered to be the most widely observed comet of the 20th century. It was most definitely one of the brightest comets to be seen for many decades. This comet was visible to the naked eye for a record 18 months! This comet is now beyond Uranus, but is expected to still be visible with powerful telescopes for another few years. Hale-Bopp Comet is not expected to be back this way for at least another 2500 years.
2009 – Mount Redoubt, also known as Redoubt Volcano, erupted after being dormant for 20 years. It is located in the Aleutian Mountain Range of Alaska. It is the highest summit of this mountain range.