Today is Wednesday, March 6, the 65th day of 2019 with 300 to follow.

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The moon is new. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury and Uranus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Pisces. They include Italian painter/sculptor Michelangelo in 1475; French dramatist Cyrano de Bergerac in 1619; English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning in 1806; Union Army Gen. Philip Sheridan in 1831; humorist/short story writer Ring Lardner in 1885; Texas swing bandleader Bob Wills in 1905; comic actor Lou Costello in 1906; television personality Ed McMahon in 1923; symphony conductor Sarah Caldwell in 1924; former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan in 1926 (age 93); Mercury astronaut L. Gordon Cooper in 1927; Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez in 1927; former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry in 1936; Russian cosmonaut/first woman in space Valentina Tereshkova in 1937 (age 82); baseball Hall of Fame member Willie Stargell in 1940; actor Ben Murphy in 1942 (age 77); singer Mary Wilson in 1944 (age 75); musician/singer David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) in 1946 (age 73); actor/director Rob Reiner in 1947 (age 72); high jumper Dick Fosbury, who created the "Fosbury Flop," in 1947 (age 72); news commentator John Stossel in 1947 (age 72); actor Tom Arnold in 1959 (age 60); actor D.L. Hughley in 1963 (age 56); actor Connie Britton in 1967 (age 52); actor Moira Kelly in 1968 (age 51); basketball star Shaquille O'Neal in 1972 (age 47); rapper Tyler, The Creator, born Tyler Gregory Okonma, in 1991 (age 28).

 

On this date in history:

In 1836, Mexican forces captured the Alamo in San Antonio, killing the last of 187 defenders who had held out in the fortified Texas mission for 13 days. Frontiersman Davy Crockett was among those killed on the final day.

In 1853, "La Traviata" by Giuseppe Verdi premiered in Venice, Italy.

In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark ruling that slave Dred Scott couldn't sue for his freedom in a federal court, even though his white owner had died in a "free" state.

In 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt declared a national banking holiday in an effort to shore up the banking system.

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In 1944, during World War II, U.S. bombers flying from Britain began the first daytime attacks on Berlin.

In 1953, Georgi Malenkov was named premier of the Soviet Union one day after the death of Joseph Stalin.

In 1957, Ghana became an independent country after declaring independence from Britain. The country was led by Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah.

In 1965, Alabama Gov. George Wallace declared "There will be no march between Selma and Montgomery," and that he had ordered the highway patrol to "use whatever measures are necessary to prevent a march."

In 1967, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Joseph Stalin's daughter, defected to the United States. She would return to the Soviet Union 17 years later stating, "In America, I ended up living the life of a suburban housewife, which is not at all what I wanted."

In 1981, Walter Cronkite signed off from the CBS Evening News for the final time after 19 years at the anchor's desk.

In 1982, an Egyptian court sentenced five Muslim fundamentalists to death for the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. Seventeen others drew prison terms.

In 1987, a British ferry leaving Zeebrugge, Belgium, struck a sea wall and capsized, killing 188 people in the North Sea.

In 1991, U.S. President George H.W. Bush, addressing a joint session of Congress, declared the Persian Gulf War over.

In 2014, the Crimean Parliament in Ukraine's mostly pro-Russian Crimea region passed a resolution to join Russia.

In 2015, Islamic State militants devastated the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq, using bulldozers to raze the site.

In 2018, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos topped Forbes' annual billionaires list, becoming the first person to have a worth of more than $100 billion.

A thought for the day: "Don't confuse being 'soft' with seeing the other guy's point of view." -- George H.W. Bush