DBKP Today in Weird History: March 3, 2008

WAR, TERRORISM, DISASTER, SPITTING, ANTHEMS, POLITICS, INSPIRING, CLINTONS, IMPEACHED, UNCLE SUGAR, VIDEO, NANNY STATE, TAVERNS, JEWS, CAMELS, SPORTS, JAZZ, JAILBREAK, READ MY LIPS, BORN, BIRTHDAYS, DEATH

VIDEO

1991 In a case that sparked a national outcry, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video.

WAR!

1815 US declares war on Algiers for taking US prisoners & demanding tribute.

1863 1st US wartime military conscription bill enacted.

1878 Russia and the Ottomans signed the treaty of Stenafano. The treaty granted independence to Serbia.

1918 Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, the Ottoman Empire and Russia signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which ended Russian participation in World War I. (The treaty was rendered moot by the November 1918 armistice.)

1945 The Allies fully secured the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese forces during World War II.

TERRORISM

1968 Greece, Portugal & Spain’s embassies bombed in the Hague.

2003 Israeli troops arrested Hamas co-founder Mohammed Taha in a deadly raid. (Israel released him 14 months later.)

DISASTER

1943 Bomb-fleeing crowd falls into London shelter; 173 die.

1953 Canadian Comet crashes at Karachi, 11 killed.

1966 Twister hits Jackson MS; 3 minutes after 1st sighting, 57 die.

1974 Nearly 350 people died when a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris.

1991 25 people were killed when a United Airlines Boeing 737-200 crashed while approaching the Colorado Springs airport.

1992 Gas explodes in coal mine at Zonguldak Turkey, 100s die.

2007 President Bush handed out hugs to residents who survived killer tornadoes that ripped through Alabama and Georgia and offered encouraging words at Enterprise High School, where students were grieving the loss of eight classmates.

SPITTING

1903 In St Louis, MO, Barney Gilmore was arrested for spitting.

TAVERNS

1634 1st tavern in Boston opens (Samuel Cole).

CAMELS

1855 Congress approves $30,000 to test camels for military use.

JAILBREAK

1934 John Dillinger breaks out of jail using a wooden pistol.

READ MY LIPS

1992 President Bush apologizes for raising taxes after pledging not to.

CLINTONS

1998 Presidential confidant Vernon Jordan testified before the grand jury investigating the Monica Lewinsky matter.

JAZZ

1931 Cab Calloway records “Minnie the Moocher” (Jazz’s 1st million seller).

UNCLE SUGAR

1812 The US Congress passed the first foreign aid bill (aids Venezuela earthquake victims).

SPORTS

1875 1st recorded hockey game (Montréal).

NANNY STATE

1791 1st Internal Revenue Act (taxing distilled spirits & carriages).

2003 President Bush offered a rough blueprint for adding drug benefits to Medicare.

POLITICS

1817 Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory & Mississippi.

1845 Florida became the 27th state.

1845 The US Congress passed legislation overriding a US President’s veto. It was the first time the Congress had achieved this.

1849 The US Congress created the territory of Minnesota.

1851 The US Congress authorized the 3-cent piece. It was the smallest US silver coin.

1875 The US Congress authorized the 20-cent piece. It was only used for 3 years.

INSPIRING

1887 Anne Sullivan arrived at the Tuscumbia, Alabama, home of Captain and Mrs. Arthur H. Keller to become the teacher for their blind and deaf 6-year-old daughter, Helen.

IMPEACHED

1803 The first impeachment trial of a US Judge, John Pickering, began.

JEWS

1801 1st US Jewish Governor, David Emanuel, takes office in Georgia.

ANTHEMS

1931 President Hoover signed a measure making “The Star-Spangled Banner” the national anthem of the United States.

BORN

1853 Vincent Van Gogh Dutch painter.

1909 Harry Hemsley billionaire New York landlord.

BIRTHDAYS

Socialite Lee Radziwill is 74. Actress Hattie Winston is 62. Singer Jennifer Warnes is 60. Actor-director Tim Kazurinsky is 57. Singer-musician Robyn Hitchcock is 54. Actress Miranda Richardson is 49. Actress Mary Page Keller is 46. Olympic track and field gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee is 45. Football player Herschel Walker is 45. Rapper-actor Tone-Loc is 41. Rock musician John Bigham is 38. Actress Julie Bowen is 37. Country singer Brett Warren (The Warren Brothers) is 36. Actor David Faustino is 33. Singer Ronan Keating (Boyzone) is 30. Rapper Lil’ Flip is 26. Actress Jessica Biel is 25.

DEATH

1966 Alice Pearce comedienne (Gladys Kravitz-Bewitched), dies at 52.

1966 William Frawley actor (Fred Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies at 89.

1987 Danny Kaye comedian (Danny Kaye Show), dies at 74.

1998 Former CBS News president Fred W. Friendly died in New York at age 82.

2007 Malcolm Kilduff, the White House spokesman who announced to a shocked world the death of President Kennedy, died in Beattyville, Kentucky, at age 75.

March 3rd, the 63rd day of 2008. There are 303 days left in the year.

compiled by Mondoreb
image: echo
Sources:
* Today in History
* Today in History
* Today in History

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