Today is Sunday, March 6, the 65th day of 2005. There are 300 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 6, 1857, in its Dred Scott decision, the Supreme Court held that Scott, a slave, could not sue for his freedom in federal court.

On this date:

In 1834, the city of York in Upper Canada was incorporated as Toronto.

In 1836, the Alamo in San Antonio fell to Mexican forces after a 13-day siege.

In 1853, Verdi's opera "La Traviata" premiered in Venice, Italy.

In 1933, a nationwide bank holiday declared by President Franklin Roosevelt went into effect.

In 1935, retired Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. died in Washington.

In 1944, U.S. heavy bombers staged the first American raid on Berlin during World War II.

In 1957, the former British African colonies of the Gold Coast and Togoland became the independent state of Ghana.

In 1983, in a case that drew much notoriety, a woman in New Bedford, Mass., reported being gang-raped atop a pool table in a tavern called Big Dan's; four men were later convicted of the attack.

In 1985, authorities in Mexico found the body of kidnapped U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena Salazar and a Mexican pilot at a ranch east of Guadalajara.

In 1987, 189 people died when the British ferry "Herald of Free Enterprise" capsized off the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.

Ten years ago: The Republican-controlled House took up business-backed legislation to alter the civil legal system over White House objections that some of the proposals were too extreme (the House passed the measure the following day).

Five years ago: Three white New York City officers were convicted of a cover-up in a brutal police station attack on Haitian immigrant Abner Louima. Eric Clapton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the third time; among the newest honorees were James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and Earth, Wind and Fire.

One year ago: President Bush backed off on plans to require frequent Mexican travelers to the United States to be fingerprinted and photographed before crossing the border. A water taxi capsized in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, killing five people.

Today's Birthdays: TV personality Ed McMahon is 82. Conductor Sarah Caldwell is 81. Former FBI and CIA director William Webster is 81. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is 79. Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez is 77. Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova is 68. Country singer Doug Dillard is 68. Sen. Christopher Bond, R-Mo., is 66. Actress-writer Joanna Miles is 65. Actor Ben Murphy is 63. Opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is 61. Singer Mary Wilson (The Supremes) is 61. Rock musician Hugh Grundy (The Zombies) is 60. Rock singer-musician David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) is 59. Actor-director Rob Reiner is 58. Singer Kiki Dee is 58. Rock singer-musician Phil Alvin (The Blasters) is 52. Actor Tom Arnold is 46. Actor D.L. Hughley is 41. Country songwriter Skip Ewing is 41. Actress Yvette Wilson is 41. Actor Shuler Hensley is 38. Actress Connie Britton is 37. Actress Moira Kelly is 37. Actress Amy Pietz is 36. Basketball player Shaquille O'Neal is 33. Country singer Trent Willmon is 32. Country musician Shan Farmer (Ricochet) is 31. Rapper Bubba Sparxxx is 28. Actor Eli Marienthal is 19. Actor Jimmy Galeota is 19.

Thought for Today: "Learn by others' mistakes because you do not live long enough to make them all yourself." - Anonymous.

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