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Today in History...March 5th

 
Today in History...March 5th

Events that happened today in History...

  • Today in 1836, Samuel Colt manufactured the first .34 caliber pistol.
  • Today in 1872, George Westinghouse patented the air brake. They were, and remain, especially important to trains, big trucks, buses and amusement park rides.
  • Today in 1922, Phoebe “Anne Oakley” Mozee broke all existing records for women's trap shooting. She hit 98 out of 100 targets.
  • Today in 1924, Frank Caruana of Buffalo, New York became the first bowler to roll two perfect games in a row.
  • Today in 1953, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died at the age 73 after 29 years in power.
  • Today in 1956, the movie, "King Kong," was first televised.
  • Today in 1968, sales of the song "Simon Says" by the 1910 Fruitgum Company, passed the million mark, trumpeting the arrival of the short-lived term but immensely successful "bubblegum" craze.
  • Today in 1970, the film, "Airport," with an all-star cast including Burt Lancaster, George Kennedy, Dean Martin and Helen Hayes, premiered at the Radio City Music Hall.
  • Today in 1970, Charles Manson released an album called “Lie.” The proceeds from the sale of the album helped pay some of the convicted killer’s legal fees.
  • Today in 1978, Louis Malle's movie, "Pretty Baby," starring Susan Sarandon, Keith Carradine and 12-year-old Brooke Shields, premiered.
  • Today in 1985, Mike Bossy, of the New York Islanders, became the first National Hockey League player to score 50 goals in eight consecutive seasons.
  • Today in 1986, First Lady Nancy Reagan withdrew her support from the ill-fated anti-drug Concert That Counts because she couldn't censor the acts taking part.
  • Today in 1993, Cuban President Fidel Castro said that Hillary Clinton was "a beautiful woman."
  • Today in 1993, sprinter Ben Johnson was banned from racing for life by the Amateur Athletic Association after testing positive for banned performance-enhancing substances for a second time.
  • Today in 1997, Tommy Lasorda, Nellie Fox and Willie Wells Senior were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 1997, "The Jenny McCarthy Show" debuted on MTV.
  • Today in 1998, NASA announced that an orbiting craft found enough water on the moon to support a human colony and a rocket fueling station.
  • Today in 1998, details of President Clinton's deposition testimony in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case against him were published in “The Washington Post.”
  • Today in 1998, Monica Lewinsky's lawyer, William Ginsburg, showed up at the courthouse where the probe was unfolding to argue his 24-year-old client should be immune from prosecution in return for her cooperation.
  • Today in 1998, it was announced that Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins would lead the crew of the Columbia on a mission to launch a large X-ray telescope. She was the first woman to command a space shuttle mission.
  • Today in 1999, actor Richard Kiley died in Warwick, New York at the age of 76.
  • Today in 2000, a Virginia subsidiary of PPL Therapeutics of Edinburgh, Scotland, the company that cloned Dolly the sheep, produced the first cloned pigs.
  • Today in 2002, the first episode of MTV’s “The Osbournes” aired. It went on to become a national phenomenon.
  • Today in 2004, Martha Stewart was found guilty on all four counts in her obstruction of justice trial.
  • Today in 2006, “Crash” upset “Brokeback Mountain” and waled away with the Oscar for Best Picture. Other winners include Philip Seymour Hoffman for “Capote,” Reese Witherspoon for “Walk the Line,” George Clooney for “Syriana,” Rachel Weisz for “The Constant Gardener,” and Ang Lee, Best Director for “Brokeback Mountain.”

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