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Daily Calendar for Friday, March 7, 2025

Born

  • Henry Draper (astronomer) –
  • Luther Burbank (horticulturist) –
  • Joseph Maurice Ravel (composer) –
  • Anna Magnani (actress) –
  • James Broderick (actor) –
  • Willard Scott (weatherman) –
  • Janet Guthrie (first woman to race in the Indy 500) –
  • Daniel J. Travanti (actor) –
  • Peter Wolf (musician) –
  • Franco Harris (football player) –
  • Bryan Cranston (actor) –
  • Ivan Lendl (tennis player) –
  • Wanda Sykes (comedienne & actress) –
  • Tiny Tymm (21-millionth Canadian) –
  • Rachel Weisz (actress) –
  • Jenna Fischer (actress) –
  • Laura Prepon (actress) –

Died

  • The Earl of Aberdeen (Canadian Governor General 1893 - 1898) –
  • Ray Arcel (boxing trainer) –
  • Stanley Kubrick (film director) –
  • Paul Winfield (actor) –
  • Debra Hill (producer) –

Events

  • Queen’s University held its first classes, Kingston, Ontario–
  • Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his telephone–
  • Toronto Stock Exchange incorporated–
  • Dr. John Kellogg served the world’s first cornflakes to his patients at the Battle Creek (MI) Sanitarium–
  • First coin-operated locker patented–
  • The world’s first jazz recording was released by the RCA Victor Company–
  • President Woodrow Wilson authorized the Distinguished Service Medal to be given for outstanding service in the U.S. Army–
  • U.S. troops captured the key Remagen Bridge across the Rhine (WW II)–
  • Melvin C. Garlow became the first pilot to log more than one million miles in jet airplanes–
  • The Who’s β€œPinball Wizard” was released in Britain. It was the first selection from the rock opera β€œTommy” to be publicly aired–
  • Comet Kohoutek was discovered by Czech astronomer Lubos Kohoutek–
  • Phil Mahre won alpine skiing’s World Cup championship. He was the third person to ever win three consecutive titles–
  • Major U.S. recording artists combined their talents and released We Are the World. Proceeds from recording sales were to be donated to African famine relief–
  • The Violent Femmes (an alternative rock band) played at Carnegie Hall–
  • At the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, Kathryn Bigelow won the Oscar for Best Director for Hurt Locker. It was the first time a woman won the award.–
  • Barefoot water skier, Fernando Reina Iglesias, set a new record. Towed by a helicopter off the coast of Mexico, he reached a speed of 153 mph.–

Weather

  • Brilliant nationwide aurora borealis–
  • This day was a day Iowans won’t soon forget. A major ice storm coated much of the state with two to three inches of ice. Seventy-eight downed utility towers along one 17-mile stretch cost three electric companies $15 million. The total damage from the storm was over $50 million.–

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