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On March 29, 1825, Diarist Jacob Engelbrecht married Elizabeth Ramsburgh, daughter of John Ramsburgh. From 1819 until 1878, Jacob Engelbrecht recorded local and national events in a diary. Frequently his personal observations were made from the front window of his tailor shop on West Patrick Street across from The Barbara Fritchie House. He was also the mayor of Frederick for 3 years after The Civil War.

On March 29, 1895, County Commissioners William Morrison, James H. Delauter and Frank House were acquitted on bribery charges in a trial before Judges James McSherry and John Alexander Lynch. The allegations centered around charges that the three were selling positions in county government.

On March 29, 1963, Damion and The Classics, a rock-n-roll band, made their debut at a junior class party at Frederick High School. The group stayed together and earned a national reputation before splitting up permanently in the early 1980s. Michael Stup, who was the lead singer (Damion), later served many years as the executive director of The Weinberg Center for The Arts. He died November 10, 2008.

On March 29, 1972, Staff Sgt. James Kenneth Caniford, of Middletown, died when his AC-130 gunship was struck by an enemy missile over Savannakhet, Laos. The plane exploded before falling to the ground. On March 19, 2008, the family of Sergeant Caniford was informed that remains unearthed recently in Laos had been identified as his.

On March 29, 1982, the new C. Burr Artz Library opened in the 100 block of East Patrick Street in downtown Frederick.

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