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March 6 – Today In History

Guest Author - Tammy Cordani

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on March 6th.

Today In …

1836 - The defenders of the Alamo were defeated by Santa Anna’s forces.

1857 - The Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case of Dred Scott vs. Sandford regarding citizenship for African-Americans.

1899 - The aspirin was patented.

1978 - Magazine publisher Larry Flynt was shot by a sniper and paralyzed.

1992 - The Michelangelo computer virus began today.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Tom Arnold the actor/comedian from “McHale’s Navy” and “True Lies” was born in 1959.

Marion Barry Jr. former D.C. Mayor was born in 1936.

Cyrano de Bergerac the legendary poet was born in 1619.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning whose works include “Sonnets From the Portuguese” was born in 1806.

Lou Costello one-half of the comedy team “Abbott & Costello” was born in 1906.

Kiki Dee the singer of “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart” was born in 1947.

Will Eisner the illustrator for “The Spirit” was born in 1917.

David Gilmour singer/guitarist for the rock band Pink Floyd was born in 1946.

Alan Greenspan economist and former chair of the Federal Reserve Board was born in 1926.

D.L. Hughley the actor/comedian from TV’s “The Hughleys” and “The Original King’s of Comedy” was born in 1963.

Moira Kelly the actress from TV’s “One Tree Hill” and “The West Wing” was born in 1968.

Ed McMahon host of TV’s “Star Search” and sidekick of Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” was born in 1923.

Michelangelo the acclaimed artist of such memorable works as David and the Pieta was born in 1475.

Ben Murphy star of TV’s “Alias Smith & Jones” was born in 1942.

Shaquille O’Neal the infamous NBA player, sometime actor and law enforcement official was born in 1972.

Rob Reiner the actor/director/producer who starred on TV’s “All in the Family” and was behind the camera for the films “The Princess Bride”, “This is Spinal Tap” and “When Harry Met Sally”.

Bob Wills the performer/writer of the memorable tunes “San Antonio Rose” and “Stay All Night, Stay A Little Longer” was born in 1905.

Mary Wilson the songstress who was one of the founding members of the Supremes was born in 1944.

Jacklyn Zeman the actress best known for her role as Bobbie on daytime TV’s “General Hospital” was born in 1953.

We Said Goodbye To…

Louisa May Alcott the novelist behind such classics as “Little Women” passed away in 1888 at the age of 55.

Jim Bowie the legendary folk hero was killed during the attack on the Alamo in 1836. Bowie was 39.

Pearl S. Buck the Nobel Prize winning author of such works as “The Good Earth” passed away in 1973 at the age of 80.

Davy Crockett folk hero and “king of the wild frontier” was killed during the attack on the Alamo in 1836. Crockett was 49.

Hughie Gibb renowned bandleader and father of the Bee Gees and Andy Gibb passed away in 1992 at the age of 76.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. the renowned Supreme Court Justice passed away in 1935 at the age of 93.

William Hopper the actor who appeared in the films “Maltese Falcon”, “Rebel Without a Cause” and TV’s “Perry Mason” passed away in 1970 at the age of 55.

Ayn Rand the author of “Atlas Shrugged” passed away in 1982 at the age of 77.

Dana Reeve the actress, entertainer and activist for the disabled passed away in 2006 at the age of 44. She was the widow of actor Christopher Reeve.

Kim Walker the actress who starred in “Heathers” passed away in 2001 at the age of 32.

Teresa Wright the actress who starred in the films “Mrs. Miniver” and “The Little Foxes” passed away in 2005 at the age of 86.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1965 - “My Girl” by the Temptations
1976 - “Love Machine (Part 1)” by the Miracles
1976 - On The Country Charts – “Good Hearted Woman” by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

TV Moments In…

1981 - Walter Cronkite signed off for the final time as the anchor of the CBS Evening News.

Movie Moments In...

1927- The renowned silent film “Metropolis” opened today.

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1972 - Jack Nicklaus became golf’s top money winner.

1982 - San Antonio defeated Milwaukee by a score of 171 to 166 in what became the NBA’s highest scoring game.

1983 - The United States Football League began its first of two seasons today.

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