PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — March 22 is a big day in history, and some well-known personalities are sharing birthday cake.
Hard to believe, but William Shatner is 84. But he’s younger than televangelist Pat Robertson, who is now 85. Actor Matthew Modine is 56, and actress Reese Witherspoon — who came to fame playing a high school student in “Election” and recently received an Oscar nomination for “Wild” — is 39.
But two of the longest-running TV personalities share a birthday on this date. So, who is older: CNN’s Wolf Blitzer or sportscaster Bob Costas?
While you think about that, here’s a few other things that happened this day:
On March 22, 1765, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies, which fiercely resisted the tax. (The Stamp Act was repealed a year later.)
In 1894, hockey’s first Stanley Cup championship game was played; home team Montreal defeated Ottawa, 3-1.
In 1963, The Beatles’ debut album, “Please Please Me,” was released in the United Kingdom by Parlophone.
In 1978, Karl Wallenda, the 73-year-old patriarch of “The Flying Wallendas” high-wire act, fell to his death while attempting to walk a cable strung between two hotel towers in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
And it was on this day in 1933 — 82 years ago — during Prohibition, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure to make wine and beer containing up to 3.2 percent alcohol legal.
So — who’s older?
Wolf Blitzer is 67. Bob Costas is 63.
Maybe they should get together and drink a toast to FDR.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.