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Calendar for March 6th, 2013

1470s

  • Born 1475: Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (painter & sculptor)

  • 1520s

  • 1521: Guam discovered by Ferdinand Magellan

  • 1640s

  • 1646: First machine patent issued in North America was granted to Joseph Jenkes of Massachusetts

  • 1800s

  • Born 1806: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (poet)

  • 1810s

  • 1819: U.S. Supreme Court handed down landmark McCulloch v. Maryland decision

  • 1830s

  • 1834: The city of Toronto, Canada, incorporated; William Lyon Mackenzie was its first mayor

  • 1836: After a 13-day siege, the Texas fort, the Alamo, was recaptured by Mexican general Santa Anna

  • Died 1836: Davy Crockett and James Bowie (died defending the Alamo)

  • 1850s

  • 1853: Verdi's opera La Traviata premiered in Venice, Italy

  • 1870s

  • Born 1870: Oscar Straus (composer)

  • 1880s

  • 1886: First U.S. magazine for nurses published

  • Died 1888: Louisa May Alcott (author)

  • 1890s

  • 1896: Charles Brady King drove the first automobile on the streets of Detroit, Michigan

  • 1899: Aspirin was patented on behalf of Friedrich Bayer & Co.

  • 1900s

  • 1902: Congress established a permanent Census Office (later, U.S. Bureau of the Census)

  • Born 1906: Lou Costello (comedian)

  • 1910s

  • 1912: The first use of dirigibles in warfare took place in an Italian action against the Turks in Tripoli

  • 1920s

  • Born 1923: Ed McMahon (TV personality)

  • Born 1924: Sarah Caldwell (conductor)

  • Born 1928: Gabriel Garcia-Marquez (author)

  • 1930s

  • 1930: Clarence Birdseye's first frozen food appeared in grocery stores in Springfield, MA

  • Died 1932: John Philip Sousa (band leader, conductor, & composer)

  • 1933: A nationwide bank holiday declared by President Franklin Roosevelt went into effect to help save the nation's faltering banking system

  • Born 1936: Marion Barry (politician)

  • Born 1937: Valentina Tereshkova (cosmonaut)

  • 1940s

  • 1944: In an Allied air offensive, over 600 planes bombed Berlin (WW II)

  • Born 1947: David Gilmour (musician)

  • Born 1947: Rob Reiner (actor & director)

  • 1950s

  • 1955: Comedienne Phyllis Diller made her debut in San Francisco at the Purple Onion nightclub

  • 1957: Ghana declared an independent nation

  • 1960s

  • Born 1968: Moira Kelly (actress)

  • 1970s

  • 1970: Notre Dame star Austin Carr scored single-game NCAA basketball playoff record 61 points as the Irish beat Ohio University 112-82 in an NCAA tournament game

  • Born 1972: Shaquille O'Neal (basketball player)

  • 1980s

  • 1981: CBS Evening News anchorman Walter Cronkite retired after 19 years. His final words: "I'll be away on assignment, and Dan Rather will be sitting in here for the next few years. Good night!"

  • 1983: The U.S. Football League began its first season

  • 1986: Soviet spacecraft, Vega I, entered the atmosphere of Halley's Comet and sent back pictures of the comet's icy nucleus

  • Died 1986: Georgia O'Keeffe (painter)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2004: Frances Dee (film star of the 1930s and 40s)

  • 2005: A 5.4 earthquake shook Riviere-du-Loup, 250 miles northeast of Montreal

  • Died 2005: Hans Bethe (nuclear physicist whose calculations explained how stars shine and laid the foundation for development of both the atomic and hydrogen bombs)

  • Died 2006: Kirby Puckett (baseball player)

  • 2007: A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia

  • 2009: NASA launched a spacecraft as part of the Kepler Mission project in order to find habitable planets in the Milky Way galaxy


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