March 3 (UPI) -- 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.