This Day in History: March 19

In 1984, civil rights leader Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. died in Baltimore. Mitchell directed the Washington office of the NAACP for 30 years and became known as “the 101st senator,” eventually earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980. (Irving H. Phillips Jr., Baltimore Sun file photo, 1982)

1831: The country’s first bank robbery occurred when $245,000 was taken from New York’s City Bank.

1918: Congress approved daylight-saving time.

1928: The radio show “Amos ’n’ Andy” made its debut on WMAQ in Chicago.

1953: The Oscar ceremonies in Los Angeles were televised for the first time.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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