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UPI Almanac for Thursday, March 5, 2015

Churchill's 'Iron Curtain' speech, NASA says ice found on moon ... on this date in history.

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British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (seated, L), U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (C) and Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin are pictured Feb. 9, 1945, at the World War II Yalta Conference on the Crimean Peninsula along with their foreign ministers and other officials. A little over a year later, on March 5, 1946, Churchill gave his famous Iron Curtain speech during a U.S. visit. File Photo/UPI
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (seated, L), U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (C) and Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin are pictured Feb. 9, 1945, at the World War II Yalta Conference on the Crimean Peninsula along with their foreign ministers and other officials. A little over a year later, on March 5, 1946, Churchill gave his famous "Iron Curtain" speech during a U.S. visit. File Photo/UPI | License Photo

Today is Thursday, March 5, the 64th day of 2015 with 301 to follow.

The moon is full. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus and Venus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Pisces. They include Flemish mapmaker Gerardus Mercator in 1512; the Rev. William Blackstone, the first settler in what is now Boston, in 1595; Antoine Cadillac, founder of Detroit, in 1658; poet Lucy Larcom in 1824; lithographer James Ives, partner of Nathaniel Currier, in 1824; author Frank Norris in 1870; water treatment pioneer Emmett J. Culligan in 1893; actor Rex Harrison in 1908; actor Jack Cassidy in 1927; actor Paul Sand in 1935 (age 80); actor Dean Stockwell in 1936 (age 79); actor Samantha Eggar in 1939 (age 76); actor Michael Warren in 1946 (age 69); actor Marsha Warfield in 1954 (age 61); magician Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller in 1955 (age 60); journalist Ray Suarez in 1957 (age 58); singer Andy Gibb in 1958; televangelist Joel Osteen in 1963 (age 52); football Hall of Fame member Michael Irvin in 1966 (age 49); actor Eva Mendes in 1974 (age 41).


On this date in history:

In 1770, British troops killed five colonials in the so-called Boston Massacre, one of the events that led to the American Revolution.

In 1933, in German elections, Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party won nearly half the seats in the Reichstag (the Parliament).

In 1946, Winston Churchill, in a famous speech in Fulton, Mo., said a Soviet Union "Iron Curtain" had "descended across" Europe.

In 1953, the Soviet Union announced that dictator Joseph Stalin had died at age 73.

In 1984, the Standard Oil Co. of California, also known as Chevron, bought Gulf Corp. for more than $13 billion in the largest business merger in U.S. history at the time.

In 1993, Canada's Ben Johnson, once called the world's fastest human, tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and was banned for life from track competition.

In 1998, NASA announced that ice had been found at the moon's north and south poles.

In 2011, archeologists renovating the Rio de Janeiro harbor for the 2016 Olympics reported uncovering the remains of a 19th-century port where thousands of people arrived from Africa and were sold into slavery.

In 2013, U.S. transportation officials said they would relax rules on what passengers may carry on airline flights and focus more on "higher threat items."

In 2014, the New York-based College Board announced plans for a major overhaul of the SAT test -- the college entrance exam -- to take effect in 2016.


A thought for the day: "It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary." -- Winston Churchill

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