This is a scene from the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770, in which British troops fired their muskets on civilians, killing five of them, and sparked the American Revolution. (Associated Press)

Today in History: March 5

  • Sunday, March 5, 2017 1:30am
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Today is Sunday, March 5, the 64th day of 2017. There are 301 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight: On March 5, 1963, country music performers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins died in the crash of their plane, a Piper Comanche, near Camden, Tennessee, along with pilot Randy Hughes (Cline’s manager).

On this date:

In 1868, the U.S. Senate was organized into a Court of Impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson, who was later acquitted.

In 1933, in German parliamentary elections, the Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote; the Nazis joined with a conservative nationalist party to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.

In 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his “Iron Curtain” speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, in which he said: “From Stettin in the Baltic, to Trieste in the Adriatic, an ‘iron curtain’ has descended across the continent, allowing police governments to rule Eastern Europe.”

In 1953, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died after three decades in power. Composer Sergei Prokofiev died in Moscow at age 61.

In 1982, comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in a rented bungalow in Hollywood; he was 33.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Paul Sand is 85. Actor James B. Sikking is 83. Actor Dean Stockwell is 81. Actor Fred Williamson is 79. Actress Samantha Eggar is 78. Actor Michael Warren is 71. Magician Penn Jillette is 62. Actress Eva Mendes is 43. Actress Jolene Blalock is 42. Model Niki Taylor is 42. Actor Jake Lloyd is 28.

Thought for today: “Freedom is not worth fighting for if it means no more than license for everyone to get as much as he can for himself.” — Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American author and essayist (1879-1958).

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