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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, March 5, 2024

On March 5, 1770, British troops killed five colonials in the so-called Boston Massacre, one of the events that led to the American Revolution.

By United Press International
The British fire on American colonials March 5, 1770, in an event that would later be known as the Boston Massacre. File Image by Paul Revere/Metropolitan Museum of Art/Wikimedia
1 of 4 | The British fire on American colonials March 5, 1770, in an event that would later be known as the Boston Massacre. File Image by Paul Revere/Metropolitan Museum of Art/Wikimedia

Today is Tuesday, March 5, the 65th day of 2024 with 301 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mars and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter and Uranus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Pisces. They include Flemish mapmaker Gerardus Mercator in 1512; Antoine Cadillac, founder of Detroit, in 1658; poet Lucy Larcom in 1824; author Frank Norris in 1870; actor Rex Harrison in 1908; actor Jack Cassidy in 1927; actor Paul Sand in 1932 (age 92); actor Dean Stockwell in 1936; actor Samantha Eggar in 1939 (age 85); actor Michael Warren in 1946 (age 78); actor Marsha Warfield in 1954 (age 70); magician Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller in 1955 (age 69); journalist Ray Suarez in 1957 (age 67); singer Andy Gibb in 1958; televangelist Joel Osteen in 1963 (age 61); football Hall of Fame member Michael Irvin in 1966 (age 58); guitarist John Frusciante in 1970 (age 54); Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić in 1970 (age 54); actor Matt Lucas in 1974 (age 50); actor Eva Mendes in 1974 (age 50); actor Roman Griffin Davis in 2007 (age 17).

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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. History buffs relived the event 232 years later with a re-enactment in downtown Boston.

In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson was publicly inaugurated for his second term. He had a private, official inauguration a day earlier.

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 having a massive stroke four days earlier.

In 1963, Wham-O patented the hula hoop, which then became a fad across the country. The company's co-founders, Richard Knerr and Arthur "Spud" Melin died in 2008 and 2002, respectively.

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.

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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 2013, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died at age 58 and Vice President Nicolas Maduro ascended to the presidency.

In 2018, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with South Korean officials for the first time since becoming leader. The special envoys of South Korean President Moon Jae-in were on a mission to broker denuclearization talks between North Korea and the United States.

In 2021, Pope Francis arrived in Iraq for the first-ever papal visit to the Middle Eastern nation.

In 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked the United States to stop buying Russian oil during a Zoom meeting with members of the U.S. Congress.


A thought for the day: "When we achieve human rights and human dignity for all people - they will build a peaceful, sustainable and just world." -- U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

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