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Today in history: March 5

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Sunday, March 5, the 64th day of 2006. There are 301 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Said Churchill: “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.”

On this date:
In 1770, the Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers who’d been taunted by a crowd of colonists opened fire, killing five people.

In 1849, Zachary Taylor took the oath of office at his presidential inauguration.

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

In 1933, in German parliamentary elections, the Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote, enabling it to join with the Nationalists to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.

In 1953, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died at age 73 after 29 years in power.

In 1963, country music performers Patsy Cline, “Cowboy” Copas and “Hawkshaw” Hawkins died in a plane crash near Camden, Tennessee.

In 1970, a nuclear non-proliferation treaty went into effect after 43 nations ratified it.

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

In 1986, in Lebanon, Islamic Jihad issued a statement saying it had “executed” French hostage Michel Seurat, who had been abducted almost a year earlier.

In 2004, Martha Stewart was convicted in New York of lying to the government a stock sale; her ex-stockbroker, Peter Bacanovic, also was found guilty in the scandal. (Each later received a five-month prison sentence.)

Ten years ago: Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole swept the “Junior Tuesday” primaries. U.S. Representative Enid Greene Waldholtz (R-Utah), tangled in a financial mess that she blamed on her estranged husband, announced she would not seek a second term.

Five years ago: Vice President Dick Cheney underwent an angioplasty for a partially blocked artery after going to a hospital with chest pains. Two students at Santana High School in Santee, California, were shot to death, 13 other people were wounded; student shooter Charles “Andy” Williams was later sentenced to 50 years to life in prison. A stampede broke out during the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mina, Saudi Arabia, killing 35 Muslims.

One year ago: Syrian President Bashar Assad announced a two-stage pullback of his country’s forces to the Lebanese border, but he failed to address broad international demands that he completely withdraw Syria’s 15-thousand troops after nearly 30 years in Lebanon.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor James Noble is 84. Actor James B. Sikking is 72. Actor Dean Stockwell is 70. Actor Fred Williamson is 68. Actor Michael Warren is 60. Actor Eddie Hodges is 59. Singer Eddy Grant is 58. Violinist Eugene Fodor is 56. Rock musician Alan Clark (Dire Straits) is 54. Actress-comedian Marsha Warfield is 52. Magician Penn Jillette is 51. Pop singer Teena Marie is 50. Rock singer Charlie Reid is 44. Rock singer Craig Reid is 44. Rock musician John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 36. Singer Rome is 36. Actor Kevin Connolly is 32. Actress Jolene Blalock is 31. Model Niki Taylor is 31. Actress Eva Mendes is 28. Actor Jake Lloyd is 17.

Thought for Today: “Don’t forget to love yourself.” — Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (1813-1855).