Saturday, March 7
Today is Saturday, March 7, the 66th day of 2015. There are 299 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1573 - Peace of Constantinople ends war between Turkey and Venice.
1793 - France declares war on Spain, and Spanish forces invade Roussillon and Navarre.
1820 - Spain’s King Ferdinand II is forced to restore the Constitution of 1812 and end the Inquisition.
1821 - Neopolitan rebels are crushed by Austrians at Rieti.
1854 - A sewing machine that could stitch buttonholes is patented by Charles Miller of St. Louis.
1876 - Egyptian forces are defeated at Gura by Ethiopians; Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for his telephone.
1926 - The first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversation takes place, between New York City and London.
1935 - Restoration of Saar to Germany marks beginning of German expansion.
1936 - Germany violates Treaty of Versailles by occupying demilitarized zone in the Rhineland.
1939 - Civil war breaks out in Madrid between communist and anti-communist factions while Nationalist forces lay siege to the city.
1941 - British troops invade Italian-occupied Abyssinia — now Ethiopia — in World War II.
1947 - Terrorist attack on police headquarters in Asuncion, Paraguay, sparks bloody five-month civil war.
1951 - Iran’s Prime Minister Ali Razmara is assassinated.
1965 - A march by civil rights demonstrators is broken up in Selma, Alabama, by state troopers and a sheriff’s posse.
1968 - United States and Soviet Union pledge to protect all weaker nations from nuclear blackmail and aggression.
1975 - U.S. Senate revises its filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of the previously required two-thirds of senators present.
1977 - Saudi Arabia announces it will give one billion dollars in aid to Africa.
1988 - British soldiers and police fatally shoot three Irish Republican Army guerrillas after they plant a car bomb set to go off during military parade in British colony of Gibraltar.
1989 - China declares martial law in Tibetan capital of Lhasa following three days of anti-Chinese rioting.
1990 - Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev demands billions of dollars in hard currency to cover Soviet investments if Lithuania secedes from Soviet Union.
1991 - Forces loyal to Saddam Hussein reportedly execute as many as 400 people in southern Iraq following days of rebellion in Basra and other cities.
1994 - Multinational African army installs new government in Liberia.
1996 - Three U.S. servicemen are convicted in the rape of a 12-year-old Japanese girl and sentenced to between 6 1/2 and 7 years in prison.
1999 - Bosnian Serb lawmakers reject the firing of their hard-line president and suspend cooperation with the country’s federal government after mediators say the strategic town of Brcko should leave Serb hands.
2001 - Ariel Sharon takes over as Israel’s prime minister.
2002 - Hindu-Muslim rioting in the western Indian state of Gujarat leaves more than 600 people dead. Hindu mobs massacre Muslims after a train carrying Hindu activists was torched by Muslims in the city of Godhra the previous week.
2005 - A fire set by rioting gang members kills 134 inmates of a provincial jail in the Dominican Republic, where overcrowded cells are overrun with rats, cockroaches and bedbugs.
2006 - A series of coordinated bombings rock a packed railway station and crowded temple in Varanasi, Hinduism’s holiest city, killing 20 people and injuring dozens in an attack that raised fears of communal violence.
2007 - A Garuda Airlines Boeing 737-400 burst into flames after careening off a runway in Indonesia’s Yogyakarta on Java island, killing at least 21 people. Investigators said the jetliner’s front wheels had snapped off as it touched down.
2008 - The Russian-backed region of Abkhazia appeals to the world community to recognize it as independent from Georgia, citing Kosovo as a precedent.
2010 - Iraqis defy insurgents who lob hand grenades at voters and bomb a polling station in an attempt to intimidate those taking part in elections that will determine whether their country can overcome deep sectarian divides as U.S. forces prepare to leave.
2013 - The U.N. Security Council votes unanimously for tough new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, and a furious Pyongyang threatens a nuclear strike against the U.S.
2014 — Hard-line militants turn Syria’s devastated eastern city of Raqqa into the nucleus of their vision for the Islamic caliphate they hope to establish in Syria and Iraq.
Allessandro Manzoni, Italian author (1785-1873); Sir John Herschel, English astronomer (1792-1871); Thomas Masaryk, Czech statesman (1850-1937); Maurice Ravel, French composer (1875-1937); Anna Magnani, Italian actress (1908-1973); Willard Scott, U.S. weatherman for the “Today” show, (1934--); Michael Eisner, U.S. chairman, Walt Disney Co. (1942--); Rachel Weisz, British actress (1971--).
Thought For Today:
If you’re not feeling good about you, what you’re wearing outside doesn’t mean a thing — Leontyne Price, American opera singer (1927-).