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Interesting historical events occurring on March 5…

March 5, 2012

Wow, I’m late on this entry.  Got tired last night and didn’t even think about what had occurred on March 5 in years past.

Well, here we have it.  Better late than never.

1496 – King Henry VII of England issues letters patent to John Cabot and his sons, authorising them to explore unknown lands.

1770 – Boston Massacre: Five Americans, including Crispus Attucks, and a boy, are killed by British troops in an event that would contribute to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War (also known as the American War of Independence) five years later. At a subsequent trial the soldiers are defended by John Adams.

the gun wire

Samuel Colt

1836 – Samuel Colt makes the first production-model revolver, the .34-caliber.

1872 – George Westinghouse patents the air brake.

1933 – Great Depression: President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a “bank holiday“, closing all U.S. banks and freezing all financial transactions.

1933 – Adolf Hitler‘s Nazi Party receives 43.9% at the Reichstag elections. This later allows the Nazis to pass the Enabling Act and establish a dictatorship.

1946 – Winston Churchill uses the phrase “Iron Curtain” in his speech at Westminster College, Missouri.

1960 – Cuban photographer Alberto Korda took his iconic photograph of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara.

1978 – The Landsat 3 is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

1979 – America’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has its closest approach to Jupiter, 172,000 miles.


1936 – Dean Stockwell, American actor

1955 – Penn Jillette, American magician and comedian

1958 – Andy Gibb, English-born Australian singer and teen idol (d. 1988)


the gun wire


1953 – Joseph StalinGeorgian leader of the Soviet Union (b. 1878)

1963 – Patsy Cline, American singer (b. 1932)

1982 – John Belushi, American actor (b. 1949)




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