Friday, March 6
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.
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.
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).