Today is Saturday, March 5, the 64th day of 2005. There are 301 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 5, 1770, the Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers who'd been taunted by a crowd of colonists opened fire, killing five people.
On this date:
In 1849, Zachary Taylor took the oath of office at his presidential inauguration.
In 1868, the Senate was organized into a Court of Impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson.
In 1933, in German parliamentary elections, the Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote, enabling it to join with the Nationalists to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.
In 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.
In 1953, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died at age 73 after 29 years in power.
In 1953, Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev died in Moscow at age 61.
In 1963, country music performers Patsy Cline, "Cowboy" Copas and "Hawkshaw" Hawkins died in a plane crash near Camden, Tenn.
In 1970, a nuclear non-proliferation treaty went into effect after 43 nations ratified it.
In 1982, comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in a rented bungalow in Hollywood, Calif.; he was 33.
In 1986, in Lebanon, Islamic Jihad issued a statement saying it had "executed" French hostage Michel Seurat, who had been abducted almost a year earlier.
Ten years ago: An Australian yacht broke in two and sank in fierce winds off the Southern California coast, the first sinking in the history of America's Cup racing; all 17 crew members were rescued.
Five years ago: Israel's Cabinet voted unanimously to withdraw its troops from south Lebanon by the following July. A Virginia subsidiary of PPL Therapeutics of Edinburgh, Scotland, the company that cloned Dolly the sheep, produced the first cloned pigs.
One year ago: Martha Stewart was convicted in New York of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she'd unloaded her Imclone stock just before the price plummeted; her ex-stockbroker, Peter Bacanovic, also was found guilty in the stock scandal. (Each later received a five-month prison sentence.)
Today's Birthdays: Actor James Noble is 83. Actor James B. Sikking is 71. Actor Dean Stockwell is 69. Actor Fred Williamson is 67. Actor Michael Warren is 59. Actor Eddie Hodges is 58. Singer Eddy Grant is 57. Violinist Eugene Fodor is 55. Rock musician Alan Clark (Dire Straits) is 53. Actress-comedian Marsha Warfield is 51. Magician Penn Jillette is 50. Pop singer Teena Marie is 49. Rock singer Craig Reid is 43. Rock singer Charlie Reid is 43. Rock musician John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 35. Singer Rome is 35. Actor Kevin Connolly is 31. Actress Jolene Blalock ("Enterprise") is 30. Model Niki Taylor is 30. Actress Eva Mendes is 27. Actor Jake Lloyd is 16.
Thought for Today: "To force opinion is like pushing the magnetized needle round by brute strength until it points to where we wish the North Star stood, rather than to where it really is." - Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American author and essayist (1879-1958).