Today's History Trivia for March 5
1963 Patsy Cline Dies in Plane Crash Hall of Fame country singer Patsy Cline dies when her plane crashes in inclement weather. Her pilot was not instrument rated and was trying to fly in heavy weather. She was returning home after performing at a benefit for the family of disc jockey "Cactus" Jack Call, who had died in an automobile crash a little over a month earlier.
1933 Adolf Hitler Nazis win almost half of the seats in the German elections. On March 23, Hitler passed an Enabling Act which effectively gave him dictatorial powers. He then used that power to ban other political parties.
1991 Gulf War Baghdad radio announces that Iraq has voided the annexation of Kuwait and would return Kuwaiti assets.
1979 Voyager I makes its closest approach to Jupiter, 172,000 miles.
1978 The Village People videotape their hit In the Navy aboard the USS Reasoner.
1946 Iron Curtain Winston Churchill remarks, "An iron curtain has descended across Europe" referring to the Russian threat.
1936 First flight of the British Spitfire designed to counter the German Messerschmitt.
1933 Gold Confiscation Pres. F.D. Roosevelt signs the executive order calling for the confiscation of privately-held gold in the U.S.
1900 Hall of Fame for Great Americans opens in New York.
1868 Presidential Impeachment The Senate begins impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson. The final vote would be 35-19, one short of the two-thirds majority necessary for impeachment.
1836 Patent Arms Manufacturing Company formed, to make Colt Revolvers.
1770 Boston Massacre British troops fire into a Boston mob, killing five.
Today's Birthdays for March 5
1958 Andy Gibb d. 1988 British singer, songwriter, with the Bee Gees. Music: Stayin' Alive (1977) and Night Fever (1977, #1).
1946 Michael Warren American actor. TV: Hill Street Blues (officer Hill).
1939 Samantha Eggar English actress, Anna of Anna and the King.
1938 Fred Williamson American football player, actor. TV: Julia (Steve Bruce).
1936 Dean Stockwell American actor. TV: Quantum Leap (the holographic Al).
1908 Rex Harrison d. 1990 (Reginald Carey Harrison), British Tony-Oscar-winning actor. Film: Anna and the King of Siam (1946, the King), My Fair Lady (1964), and Doctor Dolittle (1967).
1908 Bob Dunn d. 1989 American cartoonist. Author and artist for They'll Do It Every Time (1963-89).
1876 John Schrank d. 1943 Bavarian-born New York saloon keeper. He shot Pres. Roosevelt (1912, Milwaukee). He claimed William McKinley's ghost told him to shoot Roosevelt as a warning to those who'd run for three terms as President.
1876 Édouard Belin d. 1963 French engineer. He made the first telephoto transmission (1907). Using his own invention, he sent one from Paris to Lyon to Bordeaux and back to Paris.
1824 James Merritt Ives d. 1895 American lithographer, co-founder of Currier & Ives (1857). Their prints recorded the last half of 19th-century American history.
1658 Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac d. 1730 French explorer. Founder of Detroit, Michigan (1701) and for whom the Cadillac automobile was named.
1574 William Oughtred d. 1660 English mathematician, credited with inventing the slide rule (1621), and introduced the use of 'X' to denote multiplication.
1324 David II d. 1371 King of Scotland (1329-71).
1133 Henry II d. 1189 King of England (1154-89).
Deaths for March 5
1963 Patsy Cline b. 1932 (Virginia Peterson Hensley), American Hall of Fame country singer. Music: I Fall to Pieces (1961, #1) and Crazy (1961). She was the first female solo performer elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame (1973). She died in a plane crash. Her pilot was not instrument rated and was trying to fly in heavy weather. She was returning home after performing at a benefit for the family of disc jockey "Cactus" Jack Call, who had died in an automobile crash a little over a month earlier.
1953 Joseph Stalin b. 1878 Russian dictator (1929-53). In 1893 he entered a seminary to study for the priesthood, but was expelled in 1898 for his Marxist activities. He also founded the newspaper Pravda (1911) and was Time magazine's 1939 and 1942 Man of the Year.
1926 Clément Ader b. 1841 French inventor. He made the first manned, powered, heavier-than-air flight. He flew his Éole, a batwing monoplane that flew 160 feet (50 meters) during secret military tests. However, his craft was not well controlled, leaving controlled flights to later aviators.
2013 Hugo Chávez b. 1954 (Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías), President of Venezuela (1999-2013).
1999 Richard Kiley b. 1922 American Emmy-winning actor. TV: The Thorn Birds (Emmy) and A Year in the Life (Emmy).
1992 Andy Samuel b. 1909 American actor, one of the Little Rascals; he appeared in 19 Our Gang films as one of the oldest of the little gang members.
1989 Michael Anderson Godwin b. 1960 American criminal. He accidentally electrocuted himself to death while sitting on a metal toilet repairing a set of earphones. Sentenced to the electric chair for murder, Godwin got his sentence overturned on appeal.
1982 John Belushi b. 1949 American Emmy-winning comedian. TV: Saturday Night Live. Film: Animal House (1978) and The Blues Brothers (1980).
1827 Alessandro Volta b. 1745 Italian physicist, inventor of the electric battery, and for whom the volt, the standard unit of electromotive force, is named.
1815 Franz Mesmer b. 1734 German physician. Created the theory of mesmerism, the forerunner to hypnotism.
254 Saint Lucius I b. ???? Italian religious leader, 22nd Pope (253-254).