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On March sixth, 1836, the Alamo in San Antonio,
Texas, fell to Mexican forces after a 13-day
In 1834, the city of York in Upper Canada was
incorporated as Toronto.
In 1853, Verdi's
opera "La Traviata" premiered in
In 1857, in its
"Dred Scott" decision, the Supreme
Court held that Scott,
a slave, could not sue for his freedom in federal
In 1933, a
nationwide bank holiday declared by President
Roosevelt went into effect.
In 1935, retired
Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell
Holmes Junior died in Washington.
In 1944, US heavy
bombers staged the first American raid on Berlin
during World War Two.
In 1957, the
former British African colonies of the Gold Coast
and Togoland became the independent state of
In 1981, Walter
Cronkite signed off for the last time as
principal anchorman of "The CBS Evening
In 1983, in a case
that drew much notoriety, a woman in New Bedford,
Massachusetts, reported being gang-raped atop a
pool table in a tavern called Big Dan's; four men
were later convicted of the attack.
In 1987, 189
people died when the British ferry "Herald
of Free Enterprise" capsized off the Belgian
port of Zeebrugge.
Ten years ago: The
Soviet parliament overwhelmingly approved
legislation allowing people to own factories and
hire workers for the first time in nearly seven
Five years ago:
The Republican-controlled House took up
business-backed legislation to alter the civil
legal system over White House objections that
some of the proposals were too extreme (the House
passed the measure the following day).
One year ago: The
emir of Bahrain (Sheik Isa bin Salman Al
Khalifa), a key Western ally who had ruled for
nearly four decades, died shortly after a meeting
with Defense Secretary William Cohen; he was 65.
"To have doubted
one's own first principles, is the mark of a
Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior, US Supreme Court