On March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution making "The Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem of the United States.
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In 1845, Florida became the 27th state.
In 1849, the U.S. Department of the Interior was established.
In 1887, Anne Sullivan arrived at the Tuscumbia, Ala., home of Captain and Mrs. Arthur H. Keller to become the teacher for their blind and deaf 6-year-old daughter, Helen.
In 1894, British Prime Minister William Gladstone submitted his resignation to Queen Victoria, ending his fourth and final premiership.
In 1923, Time magazine, founded by Briton Hadden and Henry R. Luce, made its debut.
In 1940, Artie Shaw and his orchestra recorded "Frenesi" for RCA Victor.
In 1945, the Allies fully secured the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese forces during World War II.
In 1961, King Hassan II acceded to the throne of Morocco, following the death of his father, King Mohammed V.
In 1969, Apollo 9 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a mission to test the lunar module.
In 1974, a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris, killing all 346 people on board.
In 1987, comedian Danny Kaye died in Los Angeles at age 74.
In 1991, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video. Twenty-five people were killed when a United Airlines Boeing 737-200 crashed while approaching the Colorado Springs airport.
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