Today’s moment of history:
On March 7, 1965, a march of civil rights demonstrators was brutally dispersed on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, by the state military and the sheriff’s detachment in what became known as “Bloody Sunday.”
In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a U.S. patent on his telephone.
In 1911, President William Howard Taft ordered 20,000 troops to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border in response to the Mexican Revolution.
In 1916, Bavarian Motor Works (BMW) began operations in Munich, Germany, as a manufacturer of aircraft engines.
In 1926, the first successful transatlantic radiotelephone conversations took place between New York and London.
In 1936, Adolf Hitler ordered his troops to march on the Rhineland, thus violating the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact.
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In 1945, during World War II, American troops crossed the Rhine in Remagen, Germany, using the damaged but still usable Ludendorff Bridge.
In 1975, the U.S. Senate revised its rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of previously requiring two-thirds of the senators present.
In 1994, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a parody that ridiculed an original work could be considered “fair use.” (The ruling concerned a parody of Roy Orbison’s song “Oh, Pretty Woman” by rap group 2 Live Crew.)
In 1999, film director Stanley Kubrick, whose films included “Doctor. Strangelove, “Clockwork Orange” and “2001: A Space Odyssey”, died in Hertfordshire, England, at the age of 70, having just finished editing “Wide Eyes Closed”.
In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, an appointment faced by the democratic opposition that forced Bush to take a break.
In 2012, President Barack Obama, speaking at the Daimler truck plant in Mount Holly, North Carolina, made his strongest call for the nation to wean itself off oil, calling it “fuel of the past” and demanding that the United States expand their approach to energy. The injured Indianapolis Colts have released injured defender Peyton Manning, who continued to play for Denver Broncos.
In 2016, Peyton Manning announced his retirement after 18 seasons in the National Football League.
In 2017, WikiLeaks published thousands of documents described as secret files about CIA hacking tools that the government used to hack users ’computers, cell phones and even smart TVs from companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung. The Commerce Department said the U.S. trade deficit jumped 9.6 percent in January 2017 to $ 48.5 billion, the highest level in nearly five years as the flow of cell phones and other consumer goods widened the trade gap America with China. At a railroad crossing in Biloxi, Mississippi, a freight train crashed into a charter bus, killing four people.
In 2020, Florida health officials said two people had died who tested positive for the new coronavirus; the death was the first on the east coast associated with the outbreak.
In 2021, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, their first after they relinquished royal duties, Prince Harry and Megan, Duchess of Sussex, spoke of racism and ill-treatment of the royal family; Megan, who is a two-year-old, said the palace did not help her when she had suicidal thoughts, and that a member of the royal family expressed “concern” about her baby’s skin color when she was pregnant with Archie’s son. Pope Francis has completed a historic whirlwind tour of Iraq that sought to give hope to the country’s marginalized Christian minority. LeBron’s team won 170-150 over Durant’s team in the 70th NBA All-Star Game.