Today is Sunday, March 3rd, the 62nd day of 2019. There are 303 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
1974: A Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris, killing all 346 people on board.
1791: Congress passed a measure taxing distilled spirits; it was the first internal revenue act in U.S. history.
1845: Florida became the 27th state.
1863: President Abraham Lincoln signed a measure creating the National Academy of Sciences.
1931: “The Star-Spangled Banner” became the national anthem of the United States as President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution.
1934: Bank robber John Dillinger escaped from the Lake County Jail in Crown Point, Indiana, along with another prisoner, Herbert Youngblood.
1943: In London’s East End, 173 people died in a crush of bodies at the Bethnal Green tube station, which was being used as a wartime air raid shelter.
1959: The United States launched the Pioneer 4 spacecraft, which flew by the moon. Comedian Lou Costello died in East Los Angeles three days before his 53rd birthday.
1966: Death claimed actor William Frawley at age 79 and actress Alice Pearce at age 48 in Hollywood.
1985: Coal miners in Britain voted to end a year-long strike that proved to be the longest and most violent walkout in British history.
1991: Motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video.
1991: 25-five people were killed when a United Airlines Boeing 737-200 crashed while approaching the Colorado Springs airport.
2018: Actor David Ogden Stiers, best known for playing a surgeon on the “M.A.S.H.” television series, died at his Oregon home at the age of 75.
2002: voters in Switzerland approved joining the United Nations, abandoning almost 200 years of formal neutrality
2014: President Barack Obama pressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a White House meeting to make the “tough decisions” needed to move forward on talks with the Palestinians.
2014: Oscar Pistorius pleaded not guilty to murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day 2013, marking the start of the Olympian’s murder trial in South Africa. (Pistorius is serving a 13-year sentence for murder after his original manslaughter conviction was overturned and his original 6-year sentence was increased.)
2009: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during a visit to Israel, promised to work with the incoming government, but said movement toward establishment of a Palestinian state was “inescapable.”
2009: Sydney Chaplin, Charles Chaplin’s son and himself a Tony-winning actor, died in Rancho Mirage, Calif. at age 82.
Singer-musician Mike Pender (The Searchers) is 78.
Movie producer-director George Miller is 74.
Actress Hattie Winston is 74.
Singer Jennifer Warnes is 72.
Actor-director Tim Kazurinsky is 69.
Singer-musician Robyn Hitchcock is 66.
Actor Robert Gossett is 65.
Rock musician John Lilley is 65.