Today is Sunday, March 7, the 66th day of 2021 with 299 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Neptune and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Pisces. They include Pope Clement XIII in 1693; British astronomer John Herschel in 1792; British painter Edwin Henry Landseer in 1802; U.S. botanist Luther Burbank in 1849; Dutch abstract painter Piet Mondrian in 1872; actor Anna Magnani in 1908; photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, earl of Snowden, in 1930; NBC weatherman Willard Scott in 1934 (age 87); race car driver Janet Guthrie in 1938 (age 83); actor Daniel J. Travanti in 1940 (age 81); former Disney executive Michael Eisner in 1942 (age 79); TV evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker Messner in 1942; actor John Heard in 1945; musician Townes Van Zandt in 1944; football Hall of fame member Franco Harris in 1950 (age 71); football Hall of Fame member Lynn Swann in 1952 (age 69); actor Bryan Cranston in 1956 (age 65); tennis Hall of Fame member Ivan Lendl in 1960 (age 61); comedian Wanda Sykes in 1964 (age 57); actor Rachel Weisz in 1970 (age 51); actor Jenna Fischer in 1974 (age 47); actor Tobias Menzies in 1974 (age 47); actor TJ Thyne in 1975 (age 46); actor Laura Prepon in 1980 (age 41); actor Brandon T. Jackson in 1984 (age 37); actor Haley Lu Richardson in 1995 (age 26); poet Amanda Gorman in 1998 (age 23).
On this date in history:
In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for the telephone.
In 1918, Finland signed a peace treaty with Germany shortly after declaring independence from Russia.
In 1936, Adolf Hitler ordered Nazi troops into the Rhineland, violating the Treaty of Versailles.
In 1945, the U.S. 1st Army crossed the Rhine at Remagen, Germany after capturing the strategically important, Ludendorff Bridge (also known as the Bridge at Remagen). World War II in Europe ended two months later.
In 1965, hundreds of civil rights marchers trying to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., were turned back by state troopers and sheriff's deputies. Dozens of people were beaten and injured in what became known as "Bloody Sunday." Marchers voluntarily turned around on a ceremonial walk to the bridge two days later and, on March 21, with protection by federal and National Guard troops, the main Selma-to-Montgomery march began.
In 1966, U.S. forces undertook the biggest air raid campaign on North Vietnam since bombing of the north resumed in 1965.
In 1984, the U.S. Senate confirmed William Wilson as the first U.S. ambassador to the Vatican in 117 years.
In 1985, "We Are the World," a song composed by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and recorded by a series of high-profile music stars was released worldwide with the goal of generating funds for the USA for Africa charity. The song and related promotions eventually raised about $63 million.
In 2002, More than 600 people were reported dead after several days of Hindu-Muslim violence in the state of Gujarat, India.
In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director for her film The Hurt Locker.
In 2013, the U.S. Senate confirmed John Brennan as director of the CIA.
In 2017, Malta's iconic Azure Window, a natural rock arch, collapsed into the sea during a storm.
In 2019, Chinese electronics behemoth Huawei sued the U.S. government for its ban on U.S. federal employees owning its products.
A thought for the day: "White criminals commit the biggest crimes. A brother might rob a bank. A white man will rob a pension fund. The brother is going to get 10 to 15 years because he had a gun. The white guy will get a congressional hearing because he had a job and a nice suit." -- American comedian Wanda Sykes