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Today in History - March 1

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

Today is Thursday, March 1, the 60th day of 2007. There are 305 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 1, 1932, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, N.J. (Remains identified as those of the child were found the following May.)

On this date:
In 1781, the Continental Congress declared the Articles of Confederation to be in force, following ratification by Maryland.

In 1790, Congress authorized the first U.S. Census.

In 1864, Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first black woman to receive an American medical degree, from the New England Female Medical College in Boston.

In 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state.

In 1872, Congress authorized creation of Yellowstone National Park.

In 1945, President Roosevelt, back from the Yalta Conference, proclaimed the meeting a success as he addressed a joint session of Congress.

In 1954, Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five congressmen.

In 1961, President Kennedy established the Peace Corps.

In 1967, U.S. Rep. Adam Clayton Powell of New York, accused of misconduct, was denied his seat in the 90th Congress. (The Supreme Court ruled in 1969 that Powell had to be seated.)

In 1981, Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands began a hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland; he died 65 days later.

Ten years ago: Severe storms hit Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi, and spawned tornadoes in Arkansas blamed for two dozen deaths. Rescue teams fought snow, high winds and wild dogs as they tried to bring help to an earthquake-devastated region in northwest Iran, where the death toll was estimated at 3,000.

Five years ago: Space shuttle Columbia blasted into orbit on a mission to renovate the Hubble Space Telescope. NASA said its Mars Odyssey spacecraft had found evidence that vast regions of Mars may abound in water. Under pressure from prosecutors, the Archdiocese of Boston agreed to turn over the names of people allegedly molested by priests. Grand American series driver Jeff Clinton was killed during practice in a crash at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

One year ago: President Bush, en route to India and Pakistan, made a surprise visit to Afghanistan to show U.S. support for the country’s fledgling democracy. Actor Jack Wild, who’d played the Artful Dodger in the 1968 film “Oliver!,” died in Bedfordshire, England, at age 53.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Robert Clary is 81. Singer Harry Belafonte is 80. Former U.S. Solicitor General Robert H. Bork is 80. Actor Robert Conrad is 72. Rock singer Mike D’Abo (Manfred Mann) is 63. Former Sen. John Breaux, D-La., is 63. Rock singer Roger Daltrey is 63. Actor Dirk Benedict is 62. Actor Alan Thicke is 60. Actor-director Ron Howard is 53. Actress Catherine Bach is 53. Country singer Janis Gill (AKA Janis Oliver Cummins) (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) is 53. Actor Tim Daly is 51. Singer-musician Jon Carroll is 50. Rock musician Bill Leen is 45. Actor Russell Wong is 44. Actor John David Cullum is 41. Actor George Eads is 40. Actor Javier Bardem is 38. Rock musician Ryan Peake (Nickelback) is 34. Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar is 33. Actor Jensen Ackles is 29. TV host Donovan Patton is 29. Rock musician Sean Woolstenhulme is 26. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sammie is 20.

Thought for Today: “No man ever made a great speech on a mean subject.” — Attributed to Eugene V. Debs, American socialist leader (1855-1926).