On this day: March 29

POSTED: 09:37 AM PDT Mar 26, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 28, 2016 

Coca-Cola is brewed for the first time, Elvis Presley begins boot camp, the last U.S. soldiers leave Vietnam, Henry Fonda wins his first and only Oscar, and the Tennessee Lady Vols complete an unbeaten season, all on this day.

OTD March 29 - John Jacob Astor
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1848: German-American businessman John Jacob Astor, the first multi-millionaire in the United States, dies at the age of 84 in Manhattan, New York. Astor moved to the United States following the American Revolutionary War and built a fur-trading empire expanding across the country before diversifying into New York City real estate in the early 1800s. At the time of his death, he was the wealthiest person in the America, leaving an estate estimated to be worth at least $20 million.


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