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March 3 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on March 3rd.

Today In …

1791 - The U.S. Mint was established.

1820 - The Missouri Compromise was passed by Congress.

1845 - The first time that a Presidential veto was overridden by Congress occurred today. John Tyler was the president.

1845 - Florida became the 27th state.

1879 - The Geological Survey was established in the U.S.

1887 - Helen Keller first met Anne Sullivan today.

1931 - “The Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key officially became the American anthem.

1991 - The beating of Rodney King by the L.A. police was caught on videotape.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Alexander Graham Bell the infamous inventor of the telephone was born in 1847.

Jessica Biel who starred in “Blade: Trinity” and “Stealth” was born in 1982.

Julie Bowen who appeared in the film “Happy Gilmore” and star of TV’s “Boston Legal” was born in 1970.

Andy Breckman the writer of such films as “Rat Race” and “Sgt. Bilko” and creator of the TV series “Monk” was born in 1955.

James Doohan who will forever be remembered as Scotty from “Star Trek” was born in 1920.

Bobby Driscoll the actor who appeared in “Son of the South” and “Treasure Island” was born in 1937.

David Faustino best known for his role as Bud on TV’s “Married with Children” was born in 1974.

Tyler Florence renowned chef and host on the Food Network was born in 1971.

Jean Harlow the legendary screen siren who starred in “Red Dust” and “China Seas” was born in 1911.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee the Olympic winning athlete was born in 1962.

Tone-Loc the artist behind “Wild Thing” was born in 1966.

Barney Martin who portrayed Morty, Jerry’s dad, on TV’s “Seinfeld” was born in 1923.

Miranda Richardson the acclaimed actress who has appeared in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, “Merlin” and “Sleepy Hollow” was born in 1958.

Jennifer Warnes the songstress behind “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” with Bill Medley and “Up Where We Belong” with Joe Cocker was born in 1947.

Doc Watson the legendary bluegrass, country, folk musician was born in 1923. He is probably best known for the song “Keep On the Sunny Side”.

We Said Goodbye To…

Lou Costello the actor/comedian who made up one-half of the duo Abbott & Costello, passed away in 1959 at the age of 52.

Louis Edmonds who is best remembered as Brutus from TV’s “Dark Shadows” passed away in 2001 at the age of 77.

William Frawley the actor best known as Fred Mirtz on “I Love Lucy” passed away in 1966 at the age of 79.

Fred Friendly the news broadcaster passed away in 1998 at the age of 82. Friendly was portrayed in the film “Good Night, and Good Luck” by George Clooney.

Harlan Howard the singer/songwriter who penned Patsy Cline’s signature song “I Fall to Pieces” as well as the song “Pick Me Up On Your Way Down” passed away in 2002 at the age of 74.

Danny Kaye the beloved singer/actor/comedian who starred in “White Christmas” as well as being a supporter of UNICEF passed away in 1987 at the age of 74.

Arthur Murray the renowned dancer and instructor passed away in 1991 at the age of 95.

Alice Pearce who is probably best remembered as nosy neighbor Gladys Kravitz on TV’s “Bewitched” passed away in 1966 at the age of 49.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1990 - “Escapade” by Janet Jackson

TV Moments In…

1955 - Elvis Presley made his first ever TV appearance when he was on the show “Louisiana Hayride”.

Movie Moments In...

1915 - The controversial silent film “Birth of a Nation” was officially released.

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