UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 5, 2016

Winston Churchill declares that an "Iron Curtain" has "descended across" Europe, SSG Barry Sadler's "Ballad of the Green Berets" hits #1 on the charts ... on this date in history.
By United Press International  |  March 5, 2016 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Saturday, March 5, the 65th day of 2016 with 301 to follow.

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

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 81); actor Dean Stockwell in 1936 (age 80); actor Samantha Eggar in 1939 (age 77); actor Michael Warren in 1946 (age 70); actor Marsha Warfield in 1954 (age 62); magician Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller in 1955 (age 61); journalist Ray Suarez in 1957 (age 59); singer Andy Gibb in 1958; televangelist Joel Osteen in 1963 (age 53); football Hall of Fame member Michael Irvin in 1966 (age 50); actor Eva Mendes in 1974 (age 42).

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., stated that a Soviet Union "Iron Curtain" had "descended across" Europe.

In 1953, the Soviet Union announced that dictator Joseph Stalin had died at age 73. Stalin had been in a coma after suffering a massive stroke four days earlier.

In 1966, Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler's Ballad of the Green Berets hit No. 1, spending five weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

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 2011, archaeologists 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 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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