The Almanac

United Press International

Today is Wednesday, March 3, the 63rd day of 2004 with 303 to follow.

The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Neptune, Mercury, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto. The evening stars are Venus, Mars and Saturn.


Those born on this date are under the sign of Pisces. They include English poet Edmund Waller in 1606; industrialist George Pullman, inventor of the railway sleeping car, in 1831; telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell in 1847; U.S. Army Gen. Matthew Ridgway in 1895; movie star Jean Harlow in 1911; "Star Trek" actor James Doohan in 1920 (age 84); Lee Radziwill, sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, in 1933 (age 71); former football star Herschel Walker, the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, and Olympic gold medal heptathlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, both in 1962 (age 42); and actors David Faustino ("Married...With Children") in 1974 (age 30) and Jessica Biel ("7th Heaven") in 1982 (age 22).

On this date in history:

In 1879, attorney Belva Ann Lockwood became the first woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.


In 1931, an act of Congress designated "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem of the United States.

In 1974, a Turkish jetliner crashed near Paris, killing 345 people.

In 1985, British coal miners ended their yearlong strike, the longest and costliest labor dispute in British history.

In 1986, the President's Commission on Organized Crime, ending a 32-month investigation, called for drug testing of most working Americans, including all federal employees.

In 1991, a home video captured three Los Angeles police officers beating motorist Rodney King.

Also in 1991, a United Boeing 737 jet crashed in Colorado Springs, Colo., killing all 25 people aboard.

And in 1991, residents of the Soviet republics of Latvia and Estonia voted overwhelmingly for independence.

In 1992, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and former Sen. Paul Tsongas, D-Mass., were the big Democratic winners in seven primary elections. On the Republican side, President Bush won three primaries but rival Pat Buchanan cut into his victory margin.

In 1993, Dr. Albert Sabin, the medical pioneer who helped conquer polio, died at his home of heart failure at age 86.

In 1995, the last United Nations peacekeepers left Somalia.


Also in 1995, Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado switched from the Democratic to Republican Party.

In 1996, another bus bombing in Jerusalem killed 19 people.

In 1997, Vice President Gore admitted he sometimes made fund-raising calls from the White House but said he'd been advised there was no law against it.

Also in 1997, former CIA official Harold Nicholson pleaded guilty to spying for Russia. He was sentenced to 23 years and seven months in prison.

In 1998, Vernon Jordan, a friend of President Clinton who had helped former White House intern Monica Lewinsky find a job, appeared before the Whitewater grand jury.

In 1999, an estimated 70 million people tuned in to watch Monica Lewinsky's taped TV interview with Barbara Walters.

In 2001, foot-and-mouth disease, which had already flared in Britain, was reported in Europe, where livestock at two farms in France and Belgium were quarantined.

In 2002, violence continued through the early days of March in the Middle East as attacks and retaliations took a heavy toll on Israelis and Palestinians.

In 2003, U.S. officials reported getting information that militants linked to the al-Qaida network had targeted U.S. military facilities in Pearl Harbor, including nuclear-powered submarines and ships. However, nothing came of the report.


A thought for the day: Edmund Waller wrote, "Poets that lasting marble seek / Must come in Latin or in Greek."

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