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Interesting historical events occurring on March 3…

March 2, 2012

March 3, here we go!

1776 – American Revolutionary War: The first amphibious landing of the United States Marine Corps begins the Battle of Nassau.

1779 – American Revolutionary War: The Continental Army is routed at the Battle of Brier Creek near Savannah, Georgia.

1820 – The U.S. Congress passes the Missouri Compromise.

1836 – Texans celebrate the first Texas Independence Day with the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence, officially broke Texas from Mexico, and creating the Republic of Texas.

1845 – Florida is admitted as the 27th U.S. state.

1873 – Censorship in the United States: The U.S. Congress enacts the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any “obscene, lewd, or lascivious” books through the mail.

1885 – The American Telephone & Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York.

1904 – Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany becomes the first person to make a sound recording of a political document, using Thomas Edison‘s phonograph cylinder.

1910 – Rockefeller FoundationJ.D. Rockefeller Jr. announces his retirement from managing his businesses so that he can devote all his time to philanthropy.

1915 – NACA, the predecessor of NASA, is founded.

1923 – TIME magazine is published for the first time.

1931 – The United States adopts The Star-Spangled Banner as its national anthem.

1938 – Oil is discovered in Saudi Arabia.

1945 – World War II: American and Filipino troops recapture Manila in the Philippines.

the gun wire

Rodney King beating, 1991

1969 – Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 9 to test the lunar module.

1991 – An amateur video captures the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers.

2005 – Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling.

Birthdays and death days are a little thin, today…


1847 – Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-Canadian inventor (d. 1922)

1966 – Tone Lōc, American rapper and actor


1959 – Lou Costello, American actor and comedian (b. 1906)

1987 – Danny Kaye, American actor, singer, and comedian (b. 1913)




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