Today is Thursday, March 7, the 66th day of 2013. There are 299 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On March 7, 1965@text5:, a march by civil rights demonstrators was violently broken up at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., by state troopers and a sheriff’s posse in what came to be known as “Bloody Sunday.”
On this date:
In 1793,@text5: during the French Revolutionary Wars, France declared war on Spain.
In 1850@text5:, in a three-hour speech to the U.S. Senate, Daniel Webster of Massachusetts endorsed the Compromise of 1850 as a means of preserving the Union.
In 1876@text5:, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his telephone.
In 1912@text5:, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen arrived in Hobart, Australia, where he dispatched telegrams announcing his success in leading the first expedition to the South Pole the previous December.
In 1926@text5:, the first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversations took place between New York and London.
In 1936@text5:, Adolf Hitler ordered his troops to march into the Rhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact.
In 1945@text5:, during World War II, U.S. forces crossed the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany, using the damaged but still usable Ludendorff Bridge.
In 1960@text5:, Jack Paar returned as host of NBC’s “Tonight Show” nearly a month after walking off in a censorship dispute with the network.
In 1963@text5:, the Pan Am Building (today the MetLife Building) first opened in midtown Manhattan.
In 1975@text5:, the U.S. Senate revised its filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of the previously required two-thirds of senators present.
In 1983@text5:, the original version of The Nashville Network (now Spike) made its debut.
In 1994@text5:, the Supreme Court, in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music Inc., unanimously ruled that a parody that pokes fun at an original work can be considered “fair use” that doesn’t require permission from the copyright holder. (The ruling concerned a parody of the song “Pretty Woman” by the rap group 2 Live Crew.)
Ten years ago@text5:: Virtually every musical on Broadway shut down as musicians went on strike, and actors and stagehands said they wouldn’t cross their picket lines; the walkout lasted four days.
Five years ago@text5:: On the heels of a gloomy report that 63,000 jobs were lost in February 2008, President George W. Bush said “it’s clear our economy has slowed” as he tried to reassure an anxious public that the long-term outlook was good. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power, who was acting as an adviser to Barack Obama, resigned after calling rival Hillary Rodham Clinton “a monster.”
One year ago@text5:: President Barack Obama, speaking at a Daimler truck plant in Mount Holly, N.C., made his most urgent appeal to date for the nation to wean itself from oil, calling it a “fuel of the past” and demanding that the United States broaden its approach to energy. The Indianapolis Colts cut injured star Peyton Manning.
Today’s birthdays@text5:: Photographer Lord Snowdon is 83. TV personality Willard Scott is 79. Auto racer Janet Guthrie is 75. Actor Daniel J. Travanti is 73. Entertainment executive Michael Eisner is 71. Rock musician Chris White (The Zombies) is 70. Actor John Heard is 67. Rock singer Peter Wolf and rock musician Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum) are 67. Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Franco Harris is 63. Pro and College Football Hall-of-Famer Lynn Swann and rhythm-and-blues singer-musician Ernie Isley (The Isley Brothers) are 61. Actor Bryan Cranston is 57. Actors Donna Murphy and Nick Searcy, and golfer Tom Lehman are 54. International Tennis Hall-of-Famer Ivan Lendl is 53. Actress Mary Beth Evans is 52. Singer-actress Taylor Dayne is 51. Actor Bill Brochtrup is 50. Opera singer Denyce Graves and comedian Wanda Sykes are 49. Actor Jonathan Del Arco is 47. Rock musician Randy Guss (Toad the Wet Sprocket) is 46. Actors Peter Sarsgaard and Rachel Weisz are 42. Classical singer Sebastien Izambard (Il Divo) is 40.
Rock singer Hugo Ferreira (Tantric) and actress Jenna Fischer are 39.
Actors Sarayu Rao (TV: “Monday Mornings”), Audrey Marie Anderson and TJ Thyne (TV: “Bones”) are 38. Actress Laura Prepon is 33.
Thought for today@text5:: “The telephone book is full of facts, but it doesn’t contain a single idea.” — Mortimer J. Adler, American philosopher (1902-2001).