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A Blast from the Past

By United Press International   |   March 5, 2003 at 3:00 AM   |   Comments

Today is March 5.


Authorities revealed that 15-year-old Charles Andrew Williams had "joked" about shooting up his high school in the San Diego suburb or Santee, Calif., a few days before he proved it was no joke. On this date in 2001, Williams opened fire at school, killing two students and wounding 13 others.


The "Boston Massacre" took place on this date in 1770. British troops fired into a crowd of American colonists, killed five and wounding six. The skirmish was widely publicized and contributed to the unpopularity of the British regime in the days leading up to the Revolutionary War.


In elections held in Germany on this date in 1933, Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party won nearly half the seats in the Reichstag, the German parliament.


Just days after the end of the Gulf War, rebellions against Saddam Hussein were reported in southeastern Iraq. U.S. military officials predicted the unrest probably would lead to his overthrow. It didn't.


And it was on this date in 1963 that country singer Patsy Cline was killed in a plane crash near Camden, Tenn. She was 30.


We now return you to the present, already in progress.

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