1987 : The British ferry, the Herald of Free Enterprise, capsized after leaving Zeebrugge, Belgium in the English Channel on route to Dover with the loss of more than 140 passengers when the cargo doors were not closed allowing sea water to flood the ship through the car deck entrance. It is Believed the person in charge of closing the door had fallen asleep in the bunk. As a result, 188 people died.
1961 : George Formby the British entertainer known for his Ukulele has died after suffering a heart attack.
1899 : The Patent Office in Berlin registers Aspirin, the brand name for ( acetylsalicylic acid which was originally made from a chemical found in the bark of willow trees ) on behalf of the German pharmaceutical company Friedrich Bayer & Co.
1908 : Elwood T. Hauce the first vice-president of the Union Trust Company, had taken his own life on this day. People who knew him had said that he had been depressed for quite some time as a result of financial problems.
1920 : According to a questionnaire generated by the U.S. Postmaster, high cost was a major influencer of farm production. The issue of keeping costs lower in order to keep consumer prices lower was addressed. A major consideration during this time was the cost of farm labor.
1936 : The sleek new prototype (K5054) for what would become the Spitfire Fighter Aircraft takes off on its maiden flight from Eastleigh now called Southampton Airport. The aircraft started life as the Supermarine Type 300 fighter featuring undercarriage retraction, an enclosed cockpit, oxygen breathing-apparatus and the newly-developed Rolls-Royce PV-XII engine ( later named the Merlin ).
1940 : Unlike other school minstrel performances that had taken place in this area, this particular production had been reported to have been one of the best. The jokes, music, and acting performances were considered to be phenomenal.
1947 : For the last time, Hour Glass had aired on television. This particular production had featured performers such as Ed Canton, Ed Sullivan, Bob Hope, and Abbott and Costello. It was considered the show that proved that “high-quality entertainment” and “novelty programming” could be achieved (presumably at the same time).
1951 : The trial of suspected spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were indicted for conspiring to obtain national defense secrets for the Soviets starts in New York.
1957 : Ghana gains it's independence from Britain and becomes the first black African country to become independent.
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Born: March 6th 1947, Portland, Oregon
Known For : Dick Fosbury is best known as the creator of the "Fosbury Flop" a new way of high jump, up till the point most high jumpers were using the "straddle method," to get over the high jump bar . His method of jumping gained world attention at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City when he not only won the gold medal for high jump he also set a new Olympic record at 2.24 meters (7 feet 4.25 inches). In 1972 just 4 years later in Munich 28 of the 40 competitors in the high jump used the "Fosbury Flop". Today it is the most popular high jumping technique in modern high jumping.
Born: March 6th 1926 New York City, New York
Known For : Alan Greenspan is best known as Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States from 1987 to 2006, he was originally appointed by President Ronald Reagan and in total served under four US Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. During his term he used his position to manage five major economic events including the "1987 stock market crash", 1997 - 1998 the Asian financial crisis, 2000 dot-com bubble burst and the 2001 September 11 attacks on the United States. The role of Chairman of the Federal Reserve is considered as important to the welfare of a country in times of economic crisis as the President of The United States and are analyzed and dissected by pundits for many years after the events with those who think the decisions were correct or wrong. I will leave others to publish findings and opinions.
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1956 Portable Bar
For the "host with the most".. the fellow who has everything. Made to order for the man who entertains... be it cocktail party or snacks after a skating party. Three removable, adjustable shelves hold bottles and glasses. Alcohol-proof baked on enameled metal top. Sturdy steel washable plastic-coated fabric sides. Brass-plated metal trim. Choose from walnut, blonde or black.
1952 Gossip Bench
It's new... distinctive... different! Attractive... and mighty useful. Lovely mahogany finish. Recessed compartment for directory and note pads--closes out of the way. Fine hardwoods, mahogany finish. Washable medium green plastic cover. Comfortable padded seat.
1962 : It was reported on this day that Prime Minister Diefenbaker had approved Canada’s desire to take a stand against nuclear weapon testing. As a result, provisions were being discussed, one being the possible mutual disarmament arrangement being made between the Soviet Union and Canada.
1964 : King Paul, Constantine II became the new King following the death of his father.
1965 : South Vietnam had requested troops to be sent to South Vietnam’s Da Nang’s air base. This action was intended to help free up South Vietnamese troops for battle work. The Marines had officially begun landing in Da Nang on March 8.
1965 : A team of 20 officers search the Northern Bushland in Canada. They were on the lookout for three men bearing weapons while speeding away in a stolen car. The three fugitives had a hostage in their possession as well. This high-speed chase had begun shortly after a robbery of a private home had taken place. At the end of the chase, the three robbers had escaped into a thick brush of bush. The hostage was left behind.
1970 : The British government announces an indefinite ban on the importation of domestic pets following a pet dog imported from Pakistan dying from Rabies. Britain is one of the few countries in the world where rabies has not entered the wild animal population and cases of rabies are not often seen.
1974 : British miners have called off a four-week strike following an agreement of a 35% increase in miners wages.
1981 : Walter Cronkite retires as the nation's most beloved anchorman from CBS Evening News.
1983 : Helmut Kohl is elected German chancellor as his Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party is voted back into power.
1986 : Georgia O’ Keefe lived a fairly long life before passing away today at age 98. She is most known for her paintings of the American Southwest. O’ Keefe was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin in the year 1887, and grew up in Virginia. Later on, she attended school at the Art Institute of Chicago.
1993 : A battle for the city of Huambo between Unita rebels and Angolan government forces in the city of Huambo, is continuing with the loss of over 350 lives. It is thought the rebels are likely to gain control of the city within the next few days.
Button Top Cloche
Description Enchantingly demure... button-top cloche of rayon organza with rayon velvet. Colors are white with black, white with navy, white with moss medium green, or beige with medium brown.
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2006 : Governor Rounds has signed legislation to ban most abortions in South Dakota, and has set a challenge to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion. The bill will make it a crime for doctors to perform abortions unless the procedure was necessary to save the woman’s life, and makes no exception for cases of rape or incest.
2007 : Lewis ( Scooter ) Libby former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney is convicted of perjury, lying and obstruction of justice over charges relating to his role in the leaking of the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.
2009 : Two former police officers have been sentenced to life in prison on being convicted of eight murders in New York. Stephen Carapacca, 67, and Louis Eppolito, 61, were secretly on the payroll of New York's Lucchese Family the court found. Convicted in 2006, their sentences have been delayed. There is no possibility of early release. They are said to have earned $4,000 a month on the payroll of Luchese underboss Anthony (Gaspipe) Casso, and had orchestrated the murders as well as passed along confidential police information.
2012 : A woman from Nebraska has sold a three year old McNugget for a total of $8,100 on the internet auction website eBay. The woman claimed that the McNugget resembled George Washington and that she wanted to sell it to raise money to send children to a summer camp. The auction site eased its rules on selling expired food for the woman so that she could raise money to support her cause.
2014 : Members of Crimea's parliament asked the Russian government if they could join Russia. They also said that they would hold a referendum on March 16 to find out the views of Crimean citizens on the matter. Crimea is a region in southern Ukraine that is home to many ethnic Russians and had been recently occupied by Russian forces.
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