Martyrdom of Sts. Perpetua and Felicity
Phillip Augustus of France captures Chateau Galliard
John II, King of Castile born
Joan of Arc arrives at the Chateau de Chinon
Election of Pope Nicholas V
Casimir IV takes parts of Prussia into Poland
Italian painter and sculptor Michelangelo born
Treaty of Alcacovas gives the Canary Islands to Spain
Christian II, King of Norway and Denmark, becomes King of Sweden
Eugenio Torralba found guilty of sorcery, but not executed
Coronation of Charles IX, King of Sweden
A Tournament was held in Paris to celebrate the wedding of Louis XIII, King of France
Francis Beaumont, Elizabethan dramatist, dies at about 32
Dramatist and duelist Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac. born
John Mason chartered to found New Hampshire
Edict of Restitution restored the property of the Catholic Church
The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society was first published. It has remained in continuous publication ever since, making it the world's longest-running scientific journal
Poet Elizabeth Barrett (Moulton) Browning born in Durham, England. born
The first college orchestra was founded at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.
Aaron Lufkin Dennison, father of American watchmaking. born
This may qualify as the date of the birth of what music writers like to call "Late Beethoven." On this day Beethoven's E-flat Quartet, Opus 127, was first performed.
Union Army Gen. Philip Sheridan born
The city of York in Upper Canada was incorporated as Toronto.
Mexican forces captured the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, killing the last of 187 defenders who had held out in the fortified mission for 13 days.
The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, fell to Mexican forces after a 13-day siege.
Composer Nicolai Rimski-Korsakov (Flight of the Bumble Bee) born
Verdi's opera "La Traviata" premiered in Venice, Italy.
The U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark ruling that black slave Dred Scott could not sue for his freedom in a federal court, even though his white master had died in a "free" state.
Sports reporter and humorist Ring Lardner born
The first magazine published for nurses debuted in New York City. Tthe new publication was called "The Nightingale".
Bandleader, composer and fiddler Bob Wills born
Comedian and actor Lou (Cristillo) Costello (Abbott & Costello "Who's on First?") born
Jazz guitarist Wes (John Leslie) Montgomery (Windy, Goin' Out of My Head, Wes' Tune, Sunny) born
TV personality Ed McMahon (The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson) born
Conductor Sarah Caldwell born
Former FBI and CIA director William Webster born
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan born
U.S. astronaut Leroy Gordon 'Gordo' Cooper born
John Philip Sousa died. Sousa was en route to a concert in Reading, Pennsylvania. Sousa was one of the few composers to become rich. The amount of money he earned from "The Stars and Stripes Forever" alone was equivalent to someone making millions today
A nationwide bank holiday declared by President Roosevelt went into effect.
Retired Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior died in Washington.
Washington DC Mayor Marion S. Barry Junior born
Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, 1st woman cosmonaut born
Country singer Doug Dillard born
Actress-writer Joanna Miles born
Baseball Hall of Famer Willie 'Pops' Stargell born
Actor Ben Murphy (The Winds of War, The Chisholms, Time Walker) born
Opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa born
Singer Mary Wilson (The Supremes) born
US heavy bombers staged the first American raid on Berlin during World War Two. (A second raid took place two days later.)
The ship, "The Newport News" was launched from a shipbuilding yard at Newport News, Virginia. It was the first air-conditioned naval ship.
Actor-director Rob Reiner born
Singer (Pauline Matthews) Kiki Dee (Don't Go Breaking My Heart, Amoureuse, (You Don't Know)How Glad I Am, Star) born
Olympic Gold Medalist Dick Fosbury (Record holder 7', 4 1/4", 1968) born
The former British African colonies of the Gold Coast and Togoland became the independent state of Ghana.
Country songwriter Skip Ewing born
The daughter of Josef Stalin, Svetlana Alliluyeva , appeared at the US Embassy in India and announced her intention to defect to the West.
Actress Amy Pietz ("Caroline in the City") born
Basketball player Shaquille O'Neal Taylor born
Country musician Shan Farmer (Ricochet) born
Walter Cronkite, the dean of American television newscasters, said "And that's the way it is" for the final time, as he closed the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite". An audience estimated at 17,000,000 viewers saw "the most trusted man in America" sign-off.
The most points ever scored by two teams in the National Basketball Association made history this night. San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 in three overtime periods to set the mark.
Actor Jimmy Galeota ("Michael Hays") born
Actor Eli Marienthal born
189 people died when water rushed through the open bow doors of the Herald of Free Enterprise, causing the British ferry to capsize off the Belgian port of Zeebrugge
The board of trustees at Gallaudet University in Washington DC, a liberal arts college for the deaf, selected a hearing woman to be school president. (Outraged students shut down the campus, forcing the selection of a deaf president instead.)
With nearly 90 percent of its pilots honoring the picket lines of striking machinists, Eastern Airlines shut down operations on all but three routes.
The Soviet parliament overwhelmingly approved legislation allowing people to own factories and hire workers for the first time in nearly seven decades.
Following Iraq's capitulation in the Persian Gulf conflict, President Bush told a cheering joint session of Congress that "aggression is defeated. The war is over."
Personal computer users braced for a "virus" known as "Michelangelo," set to trigger on March sixth, but only scattered cases of lost files were reported.
As a standoff at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended its first week, authorities appealed publicly to David Koresh and his followers to give themselves up.
Two top Clinton administration officials, Vice President Al Gore and White House adviser George Stephanopoulos, appeared on the Sunday TV talk shows to blame Republican sniping for much of the furor over Whitewater.
Greek actress-turned-politician Melina Mercouri died in New York.
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).
Lamar Alexander and Dick Lugar announced they were dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
A federal appeals court struck down Washington state's ban on doctor-assisted suicide.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth the Second launched the first official royal Web site.
A gunman stole a million-dollar Picasso portrait ("Tete de Femme") from a London gallery. The painting was recovered and two suspects arrested a week later
China introduced new laws to bolster its campaigns against dissent, ethnic separatism and subversive Western ideals.
The Army honored three Americans who risked their lives and turned their weapons on fellow soldiers to stop the slaughter of Vietnamese villagers at My Lai in 1968.
A Connecticut state lottery accountant shot to death three supervisors and the lottery chief before killing himself.
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.
Eric Clapton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the third time; among the newest honorees were James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and Earth, Wind and Fire.
Three white New York City officers were convicted of a cover-up in a brutal police station attack on Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.
US and France ask Syria to leave Lebanon
China plans anti-secession law for Taiwan
Four Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers killed in raid
GAA: Westmeath beat Donegal by narrowest of margins
Freed hostage Sgrena, says shooting "no accident"
Fisichella wins Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix
Boeing allowed to bid for U.S. space launch contracts again
dvdrs.net closes - "can not recover from recent events"
BBC global poll finds majority feel the US led Iraq invasion increased likelihood of terrorist attacks
New Zealand online auction web site bought for NZ$700 million
Australian Prime Minister visits India
Oscars handed out at Kodak Theatre
Thaksin rebuffs resignation calls while elite call for appointed PM
AT&T to buy BellSouth for $67 billion
Transit strike affects 100,000 in Helsinki
Pakistan government blocks bloggers ahead of Bush visit
Valencia through to Quarters thanks to away goals rule
Strong earthquake in Sumatra
Barca eliminated in Champions League
Chelsea come from behind to defeat Porto
Microsoft faults Google on its copyright protection practices
Jury convicts former aide to Dick Cheney in Plame case
Broken stormwater drain led to Guatemala sinkhole
Lyon lose at home; drop out of Champions League
NHL: Penguins rally, defeat Senators in shootout
NHL: Penguins and government officials reach "Impasse" over new arena
Lineup coming together for Manchester United charity match
Retired Wikipedian suggests Pulitzer winner tried to pay him; practice unaccepted in journalism
Leading luxury businesses to form a joint venture
Apple releases iPhone SDK, announces upcoming update
National Hockey League news: March 6, 2008
British coast guards strike work for the first time
Highlights of Taipei County Jin Shi Marathon
Small explosion investigated in Times Square, New York
Interview with recent Wikimedia Foundation board appointee Domas Mituzas
George W. Bush endorses John McCain for US Presidency
US officials flood Grand Canyon to restore ecosystem
Philippines is culling 6500 hogs after Reston ebolavirus outbreak
US unemployment rate reaches 8.1%
Mahathma Gandhi's items auctioned for $1.8 million
Mauritania cuts ties with Israel, expels Israeli diplomats
Brawn GP take over Honda Formula One team
Suicide bomber kills twelve in northwest Pakistan
Imam pleads guilty in New York subway bomb plot
Gordon Brown defends Iraq decision
Somali pirates seize tanker off coast of Madagascar
Eleven soldiers killed in clash with rebels in the Philippines
US World War II veteran Leonard Lomell dies aged 91
High school basketball star dies after making game-winning shot in overtime
UK's most-read papers found to be in contempt of court