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News, Events, Birthdays, History - March 5 - March 11

Events

Boston Massacre - March 5, 1770.
Tensions were high in Boston. After a series of unpopular (and unsuccessful) attempt Boston Massacres at taxation, British troops had been stationed in Boston to maintain order. On the evening of March 5th, those tensions exploded into violence as an unruly crowd attacked a British sentry with stones and sticks and snowballs. Reinforcements arrived, and someone shouted "Fire!", and the British troops followed that order, killing five colonists and injuring six more. The event would immediately be dubbed "The Boston Massacre", and became a rallying cry against British occupation of the city.

The British soldiers and officers would be represented in court by none other than John Adams (signer of the Declaration of Independence, and second President of the United States).

Dred Scott Decision - March 6, 1857.
The most famous U.S. Supreme Court decision during the pre-war slavery period. Dred Scott, a slave, had successfully petitioned for his freedom based on his previous residence in a free state and territory, but on this date the Supreme Court overturned that finding and declared the 1920 Missouri Compromise to be unconstitutional.
 
Fall of the Alamo - March 6, 1836.
Anniversary of the fall of the Texan fort named the Alamo. The attack on the fort was led by Mexican soldiers, and reached its climax on this day when the last of the fort's defenders was slain. Texans were later to rally, with the war cry "Remember the Alamo", in battles that would lead to a treaty that recognized Texas's independence.
 
 
United States Income Tax - Anniversary - March 8, 1913.
The 16th amendment to the Constitution, ratified about a month earlier, gave Congress the authority to tax income. They wasted no time - 30 days later the Internal Revenue Service began to levy and collect income taxes.


Birthdays
 
Ed McMahon- March 6, 1923.
Heeeeeeerrrreee's JOHNNY!! Most famous for his work on television as Johnny Carson's announcer on Who Do You Trust? from 1957 to 1962 and on the Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992. McMahon was also the host of Star Search from 1983 to 1995.
 
Lawrence Welk - March 11, 1903.
The longest-running primetime program in TV history, "The Lawrence Welk Show" played each Saturday evening on ABC from 1955 until 1971. The show continued on independent stations for another 11 years, and can still be seen in reruns.
 
Sam Donaldson, March 11, 1934.
Donaldson was a famous news anchor, White House correspondent and reporter. He became well-known for his aggressive style of questioning during White House briefings, i.e. "Now hold on, Mr. President ! "