A Blast From The Past

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International  |  March 6, 2002 at 3:00 AM
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Today is March 6.

"Remember the Alamo!" It was on this date in 1836 that Mexican forces, under the command of Gen. Santa Ana, captured the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas -- killing the last of the 187 defenders who had held out in the fortified mission for 13 days. Texans, under Gen. Sam Houston, rallied with the war cry "Remember the Alamo" and, on April 21 at the Battle of San Jacinto, captured Santa Ana. He signed a peace treaty recognizing Texas' independence.

155 years later, on this date in 1991, President Bush declared the Gulf War over. The "Mother of All Battles" between U.S.-led allied troops and Iraqi forces never happened -- America and its allies liberated occupied Kuwait with relative ease -- but getting Iraq to honor the terms of the agreement that ended the war has proven much, much more difficult.

It was on this date in 1857 that 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.

The long-awaited, much-feared Michelangelo computer virus struck around the world on this date in 1992. But it wasn't the disaster some had predicted. Hmmm, kind of like Y2K, eh?

And it was on this day in 1970 that Awareness Records released an album by "Family" cult leader Charles Manson. However, he was unable to promote it in person -- having been charged with murder in the August 1969 deaths of actress Sharon Tate and four others.

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

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