On this day: March 26

POSTED: 09:33 AM PDT Mar 21, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 25, 2015 

Beethoven and Walt Whitman die, the Stanley Cup comes to the U.S., UCLA wins their seventh straight title, and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side" rules the charts, all on this day.

OTD March 26 - Heaven's Gate
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Heaven's Gate video

1997: The bodies of 39 members of the doomsday cult Heaven's Gate are found in a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The group had committed mass suicide in order to reach what they believed was an alien space craft following the Comet Hale–Bopp. The group's leader, Marshall Applewhite, seen here addressing followers in a videotape message, was among those found in the mansion.


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