MARCH 3 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1631 – Esaias Boursse the Dutch painter was born on the 3rd March 1631 (died 1672).

1816 – William James Blacklock the English painter was born on the 3rd March 1816 (died 1858).

1845 – Florida was admitted as the 27th U.S. state on the 3rd March 1845.

1847 – Alexander Graham Bell the Scottish-American engineer and inventer of the Telephone was born on the 3rd March 1847 (died 1922).

1875 – Georges Bizet‘s opera Carmen received its première on the 3rd March 1875, at the Opéra Comique in Paris.

1893 – Beatrice Wood the American illustrator and potter was born on the 3rd March 1893 (died 1998).

1904 – Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany became the 1st person to make a sound recording of a political document on the 3rd March 1904, using Thomas Edison‘s phonograph cylinder.

1914 – Asger Jorn the Danish painter was born on the 3rd March 1914 (died 1973).

1915 – NACA the predecessor of NASA was founded on the 3rd March 1915.

1920 – Ronald Searle the English illustrator was born on the 3rd March 1920 (died 2011).

1923 – TIME magazine was published for the 1st time on the 3rd March 1923.

1931 – The United States adopted The Star-Spangled Banner as its national anthem on the 3rd March 1931.

1933 – Margaret Fink the Australian film producer was born on the 3rd March 1933.

1937 – Bobby Driscoll the American actor was born on the 3rd March 1937 (died 1968).

1938 – Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia on the 3rd March 1938.

1938 – The Mallard the fastest steam driven train on the planet, was built on the 3rd March 1938 by LNER Doncaster Works England.

1942 – Mike Pender the English singer-songwriter and guitarist from The Searchers was born on the 3rd March 1942.

1945 – George Miller the Australian director, screenwriter, and producer was born on the 3rd March 1945.

1948 – Snowy White the English singer-songwriter and guitarist from Thin Lizzy and Pink Floyd was born on the 3rd March 1948.

1951 – Jackie Brenston with Ike Turner and his band recorded Rocket 88 on the 3rd March 1951, at Sam Phillips‘ recording studios in Memphis, Tennessee. It is often referred to as the 1st rock and roll record.

1954 – John Lilley the American singer-songwriter and guitarist from The Hooters was born on the 3rd March 1954.

1957 – Thom Hoffman the Dutch actor and photographer was born on the 3rd March 1957.

1962 – Glen E. Friedman the American photographer was born on the 3rd March 1962.

1966 – Tone Lōc the American rapper, producer, and actor was born on the 3rd March 1966.

1969 – NASA launched Apollo 9 on the 3rd March 1969, to test the lunar module.

1976 – Fraser Gehrig the Australian footballer was born on the 3rd March 1976.

1977 ~ Ronan Keating the Irish singer, songwriter, X Factor judge, originally from Boyzone was born on the 3rd March 1977. Ronan Keating’s official website:

1982 – Jessica Biel the American actress and singer was born on the 3rd March 1982.

1991 – An amateur video captureed the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers on the 3rd March 1991.

1992 – Jordy Lucas the Australian actress was born on the 3rd March 1992.

1997 – The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern HemisphereSky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand, opened on the 3rd March 1997.

2005 – Steve Fossett became the 1st person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling on the 3rd March 2005.

2009 – The Historical Archive of the City of Cologne collapsed on the 3rd March 2009.

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