Wow, March 6 already. This month will be over before we know it…
300 days left until the end of the year.
1521 – Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Guam.
1820 – The Missouri Compromise is signed into law by President James Monroe. The compromise allows Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state, but makes the rest of the northern part of the Louisiana Purchase territory slavery-free.
1836 – Texas Revolution: Battle of the Alamo – After a thirteen day siege by an army of 3,000 Mexican troops, the 187 Texas volunteers, including frontiersman Davy Crockett and colonel Jim Bowie, defending the Alamo are killed and the fort is captured.
1840 – The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery opens, the first dental school.
1857 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case.
1899 – Bayer registers aspirin as a trademark.
1945 – Cologne is captured by American Troops.
1953 – Georgy Malenkov succeeds Joseph Stalin as Premier of the Soviet Union and First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1964 – Nation of Islam‘s Elijah Muhammad officially gives boxing champion Cassius Clay the name Muhammad Ali.
1970 – Blast at Weather Underground safe house in Greenwich Village kills three.
1975 – For the first time, ever, the Zapruder film of the assassination of John F. Kennedy is shown in motion to a national TV audience by Robert J. Groden and Dick Gregory.
1981 – After 19 years of presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time.
1992 – Michelangelo computer virus begins to affect computers.
1475 – Michelangelo, Italian artist and sculptor (d. 1564)
1931 – Hal Needham, American stuntman
1946 – David Gilmour, British musician (Pink Floyd)
1947 – Rob Reiner, American actor, comedian, and film producer
1947 – John Stossel, American author and pundit
1959 – Tom Arnold, American actor and comedian
1972 – Shaquille O’Neal, American basketball player
Davy Crockett, American frontiersman (b. 1786)
1888 – Louisa May Alcott, American novelist (b. 1832)
1932 – John Philip Sousa, American conductor, and composer (b. 1854)
1982 – Ayn Rand, Russian-American author (b. 1905)
2006 – Kirby Puckett, American baseball player (b. 1960)
2007 – Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (b. 1909)