Highlights in History
On Feb. 3, 1959, rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. An American Airlines Lockheed Electra crashed into New York’s East River, killing 65 of the 73 people on board.
On this date
In 1014, Sweyn I, the king of Denmark, Norway and England, died in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, just over a month after being declared ruler of the English.
In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified.
In 1924, the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, died in Washington, D.C., at age 67.
In 1930, the chief justice of the United States, William Howard Taft, resigned for health reasons. (He died just over a month later.)
In 1943, during World War II, the U.S. transport ship Dorchester, which was carrying troops to Greenland, sank after being hit by a German torpedo; of the more than 900 men aboard, only some 230 survived.
In 1966, the Soviet probe Luna 9 became the first manmade object to make a soft landing on the moon.
In 1994, the space shuttle Discovery lifted off, carrying Sergei Krikalev, the first Russian cosmonaut to fly aboard a U.S. spacecraft.
In 1998, Texas executed Karla Faye Tucker, 38, for the pickax killings of two people in 1983; she was the first woman executed in the United States since 1984. A U.S. Marine plane sliced through the cable of a ski gondola in Italy, sending the car plunging hundreds of feet, killing all 20 people inside.
Ten years ago
John Kerry won Democratic presidential contests in five out of seven states: Missouri, Arizona, North Dakota, New Mexico and Delaware; John Edwards easily won his native South Carolina while Wesley Clark eked out victory in Oklahoma. Work in the U.S. Senate slowed to a crawl, a day after ricin powder was found in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
Five years ago
Eric Holder became the first black U.S. attorney general as he was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden. The White House announced that Tom Daschle had asked to be removed from consideration as health and human services secretary after acknowledging he’d failed to pay all his taxes.
One year ago
Eight people were killed when a tour bus crashed in San Bernardino County, Calif., while returning 38 tourists to Tijuana, Mexico. Monica Quan and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, were found shot to death in Irvine, Calif..
authorities blamed former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner, who had declared a revenge war on officers and the families of those he blamed for ending his career. (Quan’s father had represented Dorner in a failed appeal of his dismissal.) Dorner killed Riverside police officer Michael Crain during a 6-day manhunt that ended with Dorner’s apparent suicide in San Bernardino County. The Baltimore Ravens survived a partial power outage at the Super Bowl in New Orleans to edge the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.
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Today in History for Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Today is Tuesday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2014. There are 302 days left in the year.
World scrambles as Russia tightens grip on Crimea
Warning that it was “on the brink of disaster,” Ukraine put its military on high alert Sunday and appealed for international help to avoid what it feared was the possibility of a wider invasion by Russia.
High court looks at death row inmate with low IQ
A Floridian with an IQ as high as 75 may be diagnosed as mentally disabled and be eligible for help getting a job. But on death row, the state says having an IQ higher than 70 categorically means an inmate is not mentally disabled and may be executed.
Today in History for Monday, March 3, 2014
Today is Monday, March 3, the 62nd day of 2014. There are 303 days left in the year.
‘12 Years a Slave’ wins best picture at Oscars
Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama “12 Years a Slave” best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards.
Ga. weighs amnesty in drug overdoses
Tanya Smith, a Georgia police officer who oversees criminal investigations, is no stranger to battling the perils of drug abuse. Yet Smith’s current fight is personal, in memory of her 20-year-old daughter, Taylor, who died last year while using drugs after no one called 911 for help.
Saturated slopes worry California cities
Saturated mountainsides loomed over foothill communities on Saturday as a storm centered off California rotated bands of rain into a state that sorely needs the moisture but not at such dangerously high rates.
Russian troops take over Ukraine’s Crimea region
Russian troops took over the strategic Crimean peninsula Saturday without firing a shot. The newly installed government in Kiev was powerless to react, and despite calls by U.S. President Barack Obama for Russia to pull back its forces, Western governments had few options to counter Russia’s military moves.
Today in History for Sunday, March 2, 2014
Today is Sunday, March 2, the 61st day of 2014. There are 304 days left in the year.
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