March 6 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events1479 Treaty of Alcaçovas: Portugal gives the Canary Islands to Castile in exchange for claims in West Africa
1836 Battle of the Alamo: After 13 days of fighting 1,500-3,000 Mexican soldiers overwhelm the Texan defenders, killing 182-257 Texans including William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett
1857 Dred Scott Decision: US Supreme Court rules Africans cannot be US citizens
1869 Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table of the elements to the Russian Chemical Society
1899 “Aspirin” (acetylsalicylic acid) patented by Felix Hoffmann at German company Bayer

Today’s Historical Events
1079 Omar ibn Ibrahim al-Chajjam completes Jalali-calendar
1323 Treaty of Paris – Flemish relinquish claims over the County of Zeeland
1447 Tommaso Parentucelli succeeds Pope Eugene IV as Nicolas V
1454 Thirteen Years’ War: Delegates of the Prussian Confederation pledge allegiance to Casimir IV of Poland, and the Polish king agrees to help in their struggle for independence from the Teutonic Knights.
1479 Treaty of Alcaçovas: Portugal gives the Canary Islands to Castile in exchange for claims in West Africa
1521 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan discovers Guam
1579 Veluwe joins Union of Utrecht
1590 Dutch and English army led by Maurice of Nassau captures heavily protected city of Breda using a small assault force hidden in a peat barge

Today’s Historical Events
1851 Dion Boucicault‘s play “Love in a Maze” premieres in London
1909 Dutch film distributor Jean Desmet opens his first permanent cinema, the Cinema Parisien in Rotterdam
1959 11th Emmy Awards: Playhouse 90, Jack Benny Show, Raymond Burr win
1967 WACS TV channel 25 in Dawson, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
1978 Brian Clark’s stage drama “Whose Life is it Anyway?” starring Tom Conti and Jane Asher, and directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, opens at the Mermaid Theatre, London
1980 Emmy 7th Daytime Award presentation – Susan Lucci loses for 1st time
1981 Walter Cronkite signs off as anchorman of “CBS Evening News”
1985 Yul Brynner appears in his 4,500th performance of “The King & I”

Today’s Historical Events in Music
1808 1st college orchestra in US founded, at Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts
1831 Vincenzo Bellini’s opera “La Sonnambula” premieres at Teatro Carcano in Milan, Italy
1853 Giuseppe Verdi‘s opera “La Traviata” premieres at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy
1965 Frank Loesser’s musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, starring Robert Morse and Rudy Vallée, closes at 46th Street Theatre, NYC, after 1415 performances, 7 Tony Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize
1965 The Temptations’ single “My Girl” reaches #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart; written and produced by the Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Ronald White
1967 2nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Bonnie Guitar win
1970 Beatles release single “Let it Be” in UK
1974 “Over Here!” musical written by Richard & Robert Sherman opens at Shubert Theater, NYC for 341 performances (top-grossing production 1974)

Today’s Historical Events in Sports
1858 20th Grand National: William Archer wins aboard outsider Little Charley at 100/6
1867 29th Grand National: John Page wins aboard Irish 16/1 shot Cortolvin; trainer Harry Lamplugh’s second GN victory
1895 England beat Australia to win one of the best cricket series ever, 3-2; Jack Brown hits the fastest 50 in test cricket in 28 mins
1906 Cubs sign 3rd baseman Harry Steinfeldt to complete Tinker-Evers-Chance
1919 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens beat Ottawa Senators, 3 games to 1 with 1 tie
1922 Babe Ruth signs 3 year contract with NY Yankees at $52,000 a year
1923 MLB St. Louis Cardinals announce their players will wear numbers on their uniforms

1945 George Nissen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, receives a patent for the first modern trampoline


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