A Week in History: Largest U.S. Earthquake, Troops Leave Vietnam and Reagan's Shot

Heaven’s Gate suicide, the Three Mile Island meltdown, and more.


A look back at the week in history 

March 26, 1997 Heaven's Gate cultists are found dead in San Diego in a mass suicide. The 39 hoped their souls would meet up with a passing UFO.

March 27, 1964 The largest earthquake in U.S. history—magnitude 9.2—shakes Alaska, killing 130.

March 28, 1979 A partial meltdown occurs at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.

March 29, 1973 The last U.S. troops leave Vietnam.

March 30, 1981 President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest by would-be assassin John Hinckley Jr. Reagan survived and won re-election in 1984.