Today is Friday, March 3, the 62nd day of 2017 with 303 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Venus. Evening stars are Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Mars.
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; Charles Ponzi, convicted of fraud for a pyramid scheme that bears his name, in 1882; U.S. Army Gen. Matthew Ridgway in 1895; movie star Jean Harlow in 1911; Star Trek actor James "Scotty" Doohan in 1920; musician Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson in 1923; Lee Radziwill, sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, in 1933 (age 84); fashion designer Perry Ellis in 1940; author Ron Chernow in 1949 (age 68); actor Miranda Richardson in 1958 (age 59); radio show host Ira Glass in 1959 (age 58); football star Herschel Walker, 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, in 1962 (age 55); Olympic gold medal heptathlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1962 (age 55); actor Julie Bowen in 1970 (age 47); actor David Faustino in 1974 (age 43); actor Jessica Biel in 1982 (age 35).
On this date in history:
In 1845, Florida was admitted to the United States as the 27th state.
In 1875, "Carmen" by Georges Bizet premiered in Paris.
In 1879, attorney Belva Ann Lockwood became the first woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1923, Time magazine published its first issue.
In 1931, an act of Congress designated "The Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem of the United States.
In 1938, the last of three of Stalin's public show trials, the Trial of the Twenty-One, began, with the defendants being charged in a plot to murder Josef Stalin as well as some of the highest officials of the Soviet regime.
In 1974, a Turkish jetliner crashed near Paris, killing 345 people.
In 1982, the Argentine government threatened to break off diplomatic relations with Britain if the Falkland Islands were not handed back by the following year's 150th anniversary of the British presence on the islands.
In 1985, coal miners in Britain ended a yearlong strike, the longest and costliest labor dispute in British history.
In 1986, the U.S. 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, home video captured a Los Angeles police beating of motorist Rodney King that triggered a national debate on police brutality. Acquittal of the LAPD officers in 1992 led to deadly riots during which King asked at a news conference, "Can we all get along?" King died at the age of 47 in 2012.
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 2010, same-sex marriages became legal in the District of Columbia.
A thought for the day: "Saying nothing sometimes says the most." -- Emily Dickinson