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Friday, March 6

February 27, 2015

Today is Friday, March 6, the 65th day of 2015. There are 300 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1834 - The city of York in Upper Canada is incorporated as Toronto.

1836 - Alamo mission in San Antonio, Texas, falls to Mexican army after 13-day siege in which Davy Crockett and 186 other defenders die.

1853 - Verdi’s opera “La Traviata” premieres in Venice, Italy

1857 - In its Dred Scott decision, the U.S. Supreme Court holds that Scott, a slave, could not sue for his freedom in a federal court.

1922 - United States prohibits export of arms to China.

1936 - The British Supermarine Spitfire MKI takes to the air.

1945 - German city of Cologne falls to U.S. First Army in World War II.

1946 - France recognizes Vietnam as free state within Indochina Federation.

1953 - G.M. Malenkov succeeds the late Joseph Stalin as Premier of Soviet Union.

1957 - Two former British colonies of Gold Coast and Togoland form independent West African nation of Ghana; Israeli troops hand over Gaza Strip to U.N. force.

1962 - United States pledges to defend Thailand against direct Communist aggression without waiting for action by Southeast Asia Treaty Organization.

1965 - U.S. Defense Department announces that 3,500 Marines are being sent to South Vietnam — the first U.S. ground combat troops committed to fighting against Communist guerrillas.

1970 - Alexander Dubcek, former Czech Communist Party boss, is suspended from party.

1975 - Arab terrorist raid on a Tel Aviv hotel leaves 14 dead.

1988 - Thousands of Tibetans demanding independence set fires throughout their capital city of Lhasa.

1989 - At least 109 people, most of them laborers, die after drinking homemade liquor in India’s western city of Baroda.

1990 - Afghan defense minister Shahnawaz Tanai leads unsuccessful coup attempt against government of Najibullah.

1991 - Iraqi troops appear to have crushed a rebellion in Basra and are reported to be moving on other southern cities in revolt.

1993 - UNITA rebels capture Angola’s second largest city, Huambo, after a two-month battle with government troops.

1994 - Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid rejects a peace agreement reached by 12 other faction leaders in Cairo.

1995 - The dollar plummets to 92.70 yen, its lowest level against the yen anywhere in the world since modern exchange rates were established in the late 1940s.

1997 - Separatist Tamil Tiger rebels break a two-month lull in Sri Lanka’s civil war by raiding an army base and an air field in coordinated, pre-dawn attacks that leave 213 people dead.

1998 - U.S. House of Representatives votes to let Puerto Rico decide in a referendum if it wants to remain a territory or become an independent nation or a U.S. state.

1999 - Ta Mok, the last leader of the murderous Khmer Rouge, is captured by the Cambodian army and flown to the capital for trial.

2003 - An Algerian passenger jet crashes in the Sahara Desert shortly after takeoff, killing 116 people.

2006 - Several cats test positive for the deadly strain of bird flu in Austria and Poland reports its first outbreak of the disease, as the World Health Organization calls bird flu a greater global challenge than any previous infectious disease.

2007 - France and the United Arab Emirates sign an agreement to open a branch of the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, despite criticism that the French government is peddling the country’s artistic treasures.

2008 - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announces that he is breaking relations with Colombia because of his opposition to the Colombian raid on a guerrilla base in Ecuador.

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2010 - Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls the official version of the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks a “big lie” used by the U.S. as an excuse for battling terror.

2011 - The two opposition parties that triumphed in Ireland’s election, conservative Fine Gael and left-wing Labour, agree to form the country’s next coalition government after compromising on repair of the debt-battered economy.

2012 - The United States, Europe and other world powers announce that bargaining will begin again with Iran over its fiercely disputed nuclear efforts amid rising talk of war.

2013 - Syria’s accelerating humanitarian crisis hits a grim milestone: the number of U.N.-registered refugees tops 1 million, half of them children.

2014 — U.S. President Barack Obama orders the West’s first sanctions in response to Russia’s military takeover of Crimea, EU more cautious.

Today’s Birthdays:

Michelangelo, Italian renaissance artist (1475-1564); Cyrano de Bergerac, French author-duellist (1620-1655); Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet (1806-1861); Ed McMahon, U.S. host/announcer (1923--2009); Lorin Maazel, French-born conductor of the NY Philharmonic (1930--); Rob Reiner, U.S. director/actor (1947--); Shaquille O’Neal, U.S. basketball player (1972--); Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombian novelist (1927--).

Thought For Today:

Le sens commun n’est pas si commun (Common sense is not so common.) — Voltaire, French author and philosopher (1694-1778).

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