A total solar eclipse was observed in the ancient city of Ugarit located in present day Syria
Death of St. Gerasimus, who drew a thorn from the paw of a lion
3rd Lateran Council (11th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
David II, King of Scotland born
Louis I (the Great), king of Hungary & Poland born
Construction begins on St.Mary's College, Oxford, England
Treaty of Rennes between France and Brittany
England's Henry VII commissions John & Sebastian Cabot to discover new lands
Flemish map maker Gerhardus Mercator born
William Oughtred, English mathematician and inventor of the slide rule born
Tycho Brahe discovers a comet in Pisces
Copernicus's De Revolutionibus is placed on Catholic Index of Forbidden Books
First American temperance law enacted, Virginia
The upper classes of Virginia are exempted from whipping
King Charles I of England imprisons Sir John Eliot & 8 other MPs
France and Sweden sign a pact in Hamburg
Short Parliament dissolved
Antoine Cadillac, founder of Detroit born
The first Shakespearean play in America was presented at the Nassau Street Theatre in New York City. The play enjoyed by the audience was the famous King Richard III
Werner, the senior Kapellmeister in the Esterhazy court, died leaving Haydn the sole artistic director. This meant he had control over a fairly good chamber orchestra, which would play whatever he wrote for it.
Spanish official Don Antonio de Ulloa arrived in New Orleans to take possession of the Louisiana Territory from the French.
British troops killed five colonials in the so-called "Boston Massacre," one of the events that led to the American Revolution.
James Monroe became the first President of the United States to be inaugurated on March 5th. The usual inauguration date of March 4th fell on a Sunday that year and a President cannot be inaugurated on the Sabbath. It's still the law, even though the Inauguration Day was officially set back to January 20th (Sundays are not included).
Samuel Colt manufactured the first pistol a .34-caliber "Texas" model.
The music critic Philip Hale was born in Vermont. born
An abortive Fenian uprising against English rule took place in Ireland.
The Senate was organized into a Court of Impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson.
George Westinghouse, of "You can be sure if it's Westinghouse" fame, patented the air brake. They were especially important to trains, big trucks, buses and amusement park rides
Actor Rex (Reginald) Harrison (My Fair Lady, Cleopatra, Dr. Dolittle, The Agony and the Ecstacy) born
Old-age pension laws were enacted in the states of Montana and Nevada.
Actor Jack Cassidy (The Eiger Sanction, The Andersonville Trial; Broadway's She Loves Me) born
In the German parliamentary elections, the Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote, enabling it to join with the Nationalists to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.
Actor James B. Sikking born
Actor Dean Stockwell (Gentlemen's Agreement, Dune, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Long Day's Journey into Night, Legend of Billie Jean) born
Actor Michael Landon (Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven; director: The Loneliest Runner, Killing Stone) born
Actor Fred Williamson born
Actress Samantha Eggar born
Actor Michael Warren born
Winston Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent."
Violinist Eugene Fodor born
Rock musician Alan Clark (Dire Straits) born
After 29 years in power, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin dies at the age of 73.
Serge Prokofiev died just a couple weeks before his 62nd birthday. Prokofiev lived long enough to see Soviet authorities, the same authorities who had reprimanded him for being too modern, hail him as a hero of the Soviet people.
Actress-comedian Marsha Warfield born
Magician Penn Jillette born
Elvis Presley returned to civilian life after a two-year hitch in the U.S. Army.
Rock singer Charlie Reid born
Rock singer Craig Reid born
Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hankshaw Hawkins were killed in a plane crash at Camden, Tennessee. The famous country music stars were returning from a benefit performance.
Rock musician John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) born
A nuclear non-proliferation treaty went into effect after 43 nations ratified it.
Actor Kevin Connolly ("Unhappily Ever After") born
The British pound fell below the equivalent of two dollars for the first time.
President Carter took questions from 42 telephone callers in 26 states on a network radio call-in program moderated by Walter Cronkite.
comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in a rented bungalow in Hollywood; he was 33.
The Standard Oil Co. of California, also known as Chevron, bought Gulf Corp. for more than $13 billion in the largest business merger in U.S. history.
President Reagan called on Congress to approve the final installment of a $100 million-dollar aid package for Nicaraguan Contra rebels
Vice President George Bush won the South Carolina Republican primary, with Kansas Senator Bob Dole running a distant second, followed by Pat Robertson and New York Congressman Jack Kemp.
Actor Jake Lloyd ("Jingle All the Way") born
Machinists striking Eastern Airlines withdrew an immediate threat to picket the nation's railroads, after a federal judge issued an order tem orarily prohibiting rail workers from honoring the Eastern picket lines.
To the cheers of onlookers, workers in Bucharest, Romania, finally succeeded in removing a 25-foot, seven-ton bronze statue of Vladimir Lenin from its foundation.
Rebellions against Saddam Hussein are reported in southeastern Iraq.
Iraq repealed its annexation of Kuwait.
The Iraqis turned over 35 prisoners of war, including 15 Americans, to the Red Cross.
Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. The trial of four Los Angeles police officers charged with beating motorist Rodney King opened in Simi Valley, California.
The White House sought new ways to inflict what a spokesman called "real pain and real price" on Serb aggressors in Bosnia by tightening the UN blockade on supplies and money to the region.
A jury in Pensacola, Florida, convicted anti-abortion activist Michael F. Griffin of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Dr. David Gunn; Griffin was sentenced to life in prison
White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum resigned in the wake of turmoil over the Clinton administration's handling of questions related to Whitewater.
An Australian yacht broke in two and sank in heavy wind and fierce winds off the Southern California coast, the first sinking in the history of America's Cup racing; all 17 crew members were rescued.
Representative Enid Greene Waldholtz (Republican, Utah), tangled in a financial mess that she blamed on her estranged husband, announced she would not seek a second term
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole swept the "Junior Tuesday" primaries.
Tommy Lasorda, Nellie Fox and Willie Wells Senior were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame.
North and South Korea met for first time in 25 years to talk peace.
The Ohio River rose to its highest level in a generation, flooding the Louisville, Kentucky, area.
Monica Lewinsky's lawyer William Ginsburg argues his 24-year-old client should be immune from prosecution in return for her cooperation
NASA scientists said enough water is frozen in the loose soil of the moon to support a lunar base and perhaps to one day build a human colony there. Dr Alan Binder, the mission's principal investigator said the spacecraft had detected "the kind of data signature one would expect to find if water ice is present."
Serbian police killed 20 ethnic Albanians in a new assault on separatist rebels as Yugoslavia's president warned the West of his determination to crush "terrorism" in the violence-torn province of Kosovo. Albanian refugees said the Serbian forces were backed by armored vehicles and attack helicopters.
Pakistani officials announced that at least 300 people were killed by flash floods in a remote southwestern region earlier in the week and more than 1,500 were still missing. They said 175 bodies were recovered from Turbat district but they had confirmed reports of about 300 deaths. Army and navy helicopters were evacuating stranded people and dropping food for the sufferers of the floods, which also made some 25,000 people homeless.
Details of President Clinton's deposition testimony in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case against him were published in The Washington Post, prompting an angry denunciation from the president for the news leak.
Actor Richard Kiley died in Warwick, NY, at age 76
Italian Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema met at the White House with President Clinton, a day after a military jury in North Carolina acquitted a Marine pilot in the Italian cable car accident that killed 20 people; D'Alema demanded justice, while Clinton expressed profound regret.
Israel's Cabinet voted unanimously to withdraw its troops from south Lebanon by the following July.
A Virginia subsidiary of PPL Therapeutics of Edinburgh, Scotland, the company that cloned Dolly the sheep, produced the first cloned pigs.
Sunflower oil saves at-risk newborns from infection
World-wide measles deaths drop 40% over last five years
Report finds Afghanistan is on the verge of becoming a narcotics state
US military developing non-lethal pain weapon
Irish unemployment rate steady at 4.2%
David Blunkett is not the father of Kimberly Quinn's son
Italian journalist wounded after release in Iraq, security officer dead
New York Public Library opens collection of 275,000 digital images
Bill Gates receives honorary knighthood
Ayman al-Zawahri releases new video tape
Minnesota GOP's CD raises privacy concerns
South Dakota governor signs abortion ban into law
H5N1 bird flu virus reaches Poland
Howard's 10 year party gatecrashed
Deported Australian granted visa after two years in Serbian limbo
Fijians in New Zealand urged to protest NZ's involvement in Fiji
Al-Qaeda threaten to kill British Prince Harry in Iraq
Aerial collision over Austria kills 8
Research In Motion chairman resigns position
Lantern Festival in Taipei lights up the night
The sentence of Intel's former contractor expunged
British student falls to his death from 10th floor window
Wikipedia founder embroiled in affair and financial allegations
National Hockey League news: March 5, 2008
China delays newest rocket design to 2014
McCain clinches Republican nomination as Huckabee concedes
Football: Leverkusen, Bremen, HSV proceed in DFB Pokal
US stock markets reach 12-year lows
Michael Jackson to make last public concerts
California Supreme Court defers ruling on same-sex marriage ban
Eurovision '09 competitor Chiara talks about her current song "What If We" and her past accolades
Schiphol airliner crash blamed on altimeter failure, pilot error
Marine jet crash into San Diego house attributed to string of errors
US Congressional panel claims Turkey committed genocide
Five construction workers shot dead in Afghanistan
China's military spending increases by 7.5%
Early Iraq elections marred by violence
Britain thinks Africans are barbaric, claims South African President
Explosion, fire temporarily halts cereal production at General Mills plant
BBC: Ethiopian famine aid 'siphoned off' to buy weapons according to rebels, report
"Miracle on the Hudson" pilot retires
Two police officers injured in Pentagon shooting incident
Deadly tornadoes blast U.S. Midwest leaving 39 dead
UNICEF: An increasing number of children are living in slums
Venezuelan President Hugo ChÃ¡vez dies aged 58
Record snowfall in Japan: in pictures
Chadian army: Mokhtar Belmokhtar 'killed' in Mali