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This day in History — March 6

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Today is 65th day of 2019. There are 300 days left in the year.

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT

2006: Several cats test positive for the deadly strain of bird flu in Austria and Poland reports its first outbreak of the disease as the World Health Organization calls bird flu a greater global challenge than any previous infectious disease.

 

OTHER EVENTS

1857: In its Dred Scott decision, the US Supreme Court holds that Scott, a slave, could not sue for his freedom in a federal court.

1922: United States prohibits export of arms to China.

1944: US heavy bombers stage the first full-scale American raid on Berlin during World War II.

1946: France recognises Vietnam as free state within Indochina Federation.

1953: G M Malenkov succeeds the late Joseph Stalin as Premier of Soviet Union.

1957: Two former British colonies of Gold Coast and Togoland form independent West African nation of Ghana; Israeli troops hand over Gaza Strip to UN force.

1962: United States pledges to defend Thailand against direct Communist aggression without waiting for action by Southeast Asia Treaty Organization.

1965: US Defense Department announces that 3,500 Marines are being sent to South Vietnam — the first US ground combat troops committed to fighting against Communist guerrillas.

1970: A bomb being built inside a Greenwich Village townhouse by the radical weathermen accidentally goes off, destroying the house and killing three group members. Alexander Dubcek, former Czech Communist Party boss, is suspended from party.

1989: At least 109 people, most of them labourers, die after drinking home-made liquor in India's western city of Baroda.

1990: Afghan Defence Minister Shahnawaz Tanai leads unsuccessful coup attempt against government of Najibullah.

1991: Iraqi troops appear to have crushed a rebellion in Basra and are reported to be moving on other southern cities in revolt.

1993: The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) rebels capture Angola's second largest city, Huambo, after a two-month battle with government troops.

1994: Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid rejects a peace agreement reached by 12 other faction leaders in Cairo.

1995: The US dollar plummets to 92.70 yen, its lowest level against the yen anywhere in the world since modern exchange rates were established in the late 1940s.

1999: Ta Mok, the last leader of the murderous Khmer Rouge, is captured by the Cambodian army and flown to the capital for trial.

2003: An Algerian passenger jet crashes in the Sahara Desert shortly after take-off, killing 116 people.

2007: France and the United Arab Emirates sign an agreement to open a branch of the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, despite criticism that the French government is peddling the country's artistic treasures.

2008: Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announces that he is breaking relations with Colombia because of his opposition to the Colombian raid on a guerrilla base in Ecuador.

2010: Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls the official version of the September 11, 2011 attacks a “big lie” used by the US as an excuse for battling terror.

2011: The two Opposition parties that triumphed in Ireland's election, conservative Fine Gael and left-wing Labour, agree to form the country's next coalition government after compromising on repair of the debt-battered economy.

2013: Syria's accelerating humanitarian crisis hits a grim milestone: the number of UN-registered refugees tops one million, half of them children. US Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky, a critic of the Barack Obama Administration's drone policy, launches an old-style filibuster to block Senate confirmation of John Brennan's nomination to be Central Intelligence Agency director; Paul lasted nearly 13 hours before yielding the floor. Syria's accelerating humanitarian crisis hits a grim milestone as the number of UN-registered refugees topped one million, half of them children.

2016: Former first lady Nancy Reagan dies in Los Angeles at age 94.

2017: Without fanfare, US President Donald Trump signs a scaled-back version of his controversial ban on many foreign travellers, one that still barred new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries and temporarily shut down America's refugee programme.

 

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

Michelangelo, Italian renaissance artist (1475-1564); Cyrano de Bergerac, French author-duellist (1620-1655); Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet (1806-1861); Ed McMahon, US host/announcer (1923-2009); Shaquille O'Neal, US basketball player (1972-); Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombian novelist (1927-2014)



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