Monday, March 05, 2007

Today in History....March 5

On this day in …

* 1770, the Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers who'd been taunted by a crowd of colonists opened fire, killing five people

* 1868, the Senate was organized into a Court of Impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson

* 1933, in 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

* 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. Said Churchill: "From Stettin in the Baltic, to Trieste in the Adriatic, an 'iron curtain' has descended across the continent, allowing police governments to rule Eastern Europe."

* 1953, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died at age 73 after 29 years in power

* 1970, a nuclear nonproliferation treaty went into effect after 43 nations ratified it

* 1997, Tommy Lasorda, Nellie Fox and Willie Wells Sr. were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. ALSO: North and South Korea met for the first time in 25 years to talk peace

* 2002, President Bush slapped punishing tariffs of 8 percent to 30 percent on several types of imported steel in an effort to aid the ailing U.S. industry. ALSO: California Congressman Gary Condit, dogged by the Chandra Levy scandal, lost a Democratic primary election to Dennis Cardoza

* 2004, Martha Stewart was convicted in New York of lying to the government about a stock sale; her ex-stockbroker, Peter Bacanovic, also was found guilty. (Each later received a five-month prison
sentence.)

* 2006, AT&T Inc. announced it was buying BellSouth Corp., a big step toward resurrecting the old Ma Bell telephone system

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