March 6

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1836 – The thirteen-day siege of the Alamo by Santa Anna and his army ended. The Mexican army of three thousand men defeated the 189 Texas volunteers.

1854 – Several men stole the Pope’s Stone from the lapidarium at the Washington Monument.

1857 – The U.S. Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision ruled that blacks could not sue in federal court to be citizens.

1896 – Charles B. King drove the first car in Detroit, MI. (He probably was the first person in Michigan to operate a gasoline power car in public.)

1899 – Aspirin was patented by German researchers Felix Hoffman and Hermann Dreser. Bayer registered “Aspirin” as a trademark.

1947 – The first air-conditioned naval ship, “The Newport News,” was launched from Newport News, VA.

1960 – The United States announced that it would send 3,500 troops to Vietnam.

1964 – New heavyweight champion Cassius Clay, shortly after announcing that he wanted to be known as Cassius X, changes his name to Muhammad Ali.

1967 – President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his plan to establish a draft lottery.

1970 – Charles Manson released an album to help finance his murder defense. The cover of “Lie” is a “Life” magazine cover of Manson, with the “f” deleted.

1973 – President Richard Nixon imposed price controls on oil and gas.

1975 – The Zapruder film of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was shown for the first time to a national TV audience by Robert J. Groden and Dick Gregory.

1981 – After 19 years, Walter Cronkite signed off for the last time as anchorman of “The CBS Evening News”.

1981 – President Ronald Reagan announced a plan to cut 37,000 federal jobs.

1982 – National Basketball Association history was made when San Antonio Spurs beat Milwaukee Bucks 171-166 in three overtime periods to set the record for most points by two teams in a game. That record was then beaten on December 13, 1983 by the Detroit Pistons and the Denver Nuggets when they played to a final score of 186-184

1983 – The United States Football League began its first season of pro football competition.

1990 – Ed Yielding and Joseph T. Vida set the transcontinental speed record flying a SR-71 Blackbird from Los Angeles, CA to Washington, DC in 64 minutes, averaging 2,124 mph.

1992 – After eight seasons, the last episode of “The Cosby Show” aired. The show debuted in September of 1984.

1992 – The computer virus “Michelangelo” began to affect computers.

1998 – The film “The Big Lebowski” opened in theaters.

2001 – The FBI confirmed that it was investigating a kidnapping plot against actor Russell Crowe.

2002 – Independent counsel Robert Ray ended the Whitewater probe, ending the threat of criminal liability for former President Bill Clinton.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Alan Greenspan – 92 years old (1926) – Federal Reserve chairman (1987-2006)

Joanna Miles – 78 years old (1940) – Actress (“The Glass Menagerie”, “The Way We Live Now”, “Cross Creek”, “Blackout”, “Above Suspicion”, “Judge Dredd”, “Sex and Breakfast”, TV’s “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Crossfire Trail”)

Ben Murphy – 76 years old (1942) – Actor (TV’s “Alias Smith and Jones”)

Mary Wilson – 74 years old (1944) – Singer (The Supremes)

Hugh Grundy – 73 years old (1945) – Drummer (The Zombies)

David Gilmour – 72 years old (1946) – Guitarist (Pink Floyd)

Kiki Dee – 71 years old (1947) – Singer (“I’ve Got the Music in Me”, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with Elton John)

Rob Reiner – 71 years old (1947) – Actor, director (TV’s “All in the Family”)

Tom Arnold – 59 years old (1959) – Actor, comedian, sports commentator (TV’s “Roseanne”, “The Best Damn Sports Show Period”, movies “Nine Months”, “The Stupids”, “McHale’s Navy”, “Animal Factory”, “Cradle 2 the Grave”, “Mr. 3000”, “Happy Endings”, “The Great Buck Howard”, “Madea’s Witness Protection”)

D.L. Hughley – 55 years old (1963) – Actor (“The Brothers”, TV’s “The Hughleys””Weekends With the D.L.”, “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News”)

Skip Ewing – 54 years old (1964) – Singer

Connie Britton – 51 years old (1967) – Actress (TV’s “Nashville”, “Friday Night Lights”, “Spin City”, movies “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “Friday Night Lights”)

Moira Kelly – 50 years old (1968) – Actress (“Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me”, TV’s “The West Wing”)

Amy Pietz – 49 years old (1969) – Actress (TV’s “Caroline in the City”, “Cursed”, “Rodney”, “Aliens in America”)

Shaquille O’Neal – 46 years old (1972) – Basketball player, sports analyst

 

TODAY IS:

Dentist’s Day

Frozen Food Day

Unique Names Day

White Chocolate Cheesecake Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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