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On March third, 1931, "The
Star-Spangled Banner" officially became the
national anthem of the United States.
On this date:
In 1845, Florida became the 27th state.
In 1849, the US
Department of the Interior was established.
In 1849, Congress created
the Minnesota Territory.
In 1875, the
Georges Bizet opera "Carmen" premiered
In 1887, Anne
Mansfield Sullivan arrived at the Alabama home of
Captain and Mrs. Arthur H. Keller to become the
teacher of their blind and deaf six-year-old
In 1940, Artie
Shaw and his orchestra recorded
"Frenesi" for RCA Victor.
"Apollo Nine" blasted off from Cape
Kennedy on a mission to test the lunar module.
In 1974, nearly
350 people died when a Turkish Airlines DC-10
crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport
In 1991, 25 people
were killed when a United Airlines Boeing 737-200
crashed while approaching the Colorado Springs
In 1991, in a case
that sparked a national outcry, motorist Rodney
King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police
officers in a scene captured on amateur video.
Ten years ago:
President Bush sparked controversy by expressing
opposition to the settlement of Soviet Jewish
refugees in East Jerusalem. (Bush's comments came
at a news conference following talks in Rancho
Mirage, California, with Japanese Prime Minister
Five years ago:
President Clinton held a news conference in which
he asserted his administration had built a safer
world and stronger economy while Republicans were
trying to cut money for the needy to give tax
breaks to the rich. The dollar plunged to a new
low against the Japanese yen.
One year ago: The
Supreme Court ruled that public schools had to
finance one-on-one nursing care for some disabled
students throughout the school day. Monica
Lewinsky, in an ABC interview timed to coincide
with the publication of her book, recounted for
Barbara Walters some of the fondest, as well as
most painful, aspects of her relationship with
"Nothing is really
real unless it happens on television."
Daniel J. Boorstin, former Librarian of Congress.