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Daily Trivia - March 6

Births

1405 - King John II of Castile (d. 1454)
1459 - Jacob Fugger, German banker (d. 1525)
1475 - Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian painter (d. 1564)
1483 - Francesco Guicciardini, Italian statesman and historian (d. 1540)
1495 - Luigi Alamanni, Italian poet (d. 1556)
1619 - Cyrano de Bergerac, French soldier, poet (d. 1655)
1663 - Francis Atterbury, British man of letters (d. 1732)
1706 - George Pocock, British admiral (d. 1792)
1716 - Pehr Kalm, Swedish explorer and naturalist (d. 1779)
1761 - Antoine-Francois Andreossy, French General (d. 1828)
1779 - Antoine-Henri Jomini, French general (d. 1869)
1787 - Joseph von Fraunhofer, German physicist (d. 1826)
1806 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, British poet (d. 1861)
1812 - Aaron Lufkin Dennison American watch manufacturer (d. 1895)
1841 - Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, French physicist (d. 1902)
1882 - F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect {d. 1980)
1885 - Ring Lardner, American writer (d. 1933)
1903 - Empress Nagako of Japan (d. 2000)
1904 - Joseph Schmidt, Austrian tenor (d. 1942)
1905 - Bob Wills, American singer (d. 1975)
1906 - Lou Costello, American actor comedian (d. 1959)
1914 - Kiril Kondrashin, Russian conductor (d. 1981)
1915 - Pete Gray, American baseball player (d. 2002)
1917 - Will Eisner, American illustrator and cartoonist (d. 2005)
1923 - Ed McMahon, American television personality
1923 - Wes Montgomery, American musician (d. 1968)
1926 - Alan Greenspan, American economist
1926 - Andrzej Wajda, Polish film director
1927 - Gordon Cooper, astronaut (d. 2004)
1928 - Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian writer, Nobel Prize laureate
1930 - Lorin Maazel, French-born American conductor
1931 - Hal Needham, American stunt man
1933 - Ted Abernathy, baseball player (d. 2004)
1934 - John Noakes, British television presenter
1935 - Ron Delany, Irish athlete
1936 - Marion Barry Jr., Mayor of Washington DC
1937 - Ivan Boesky, American stock trader
1937 - Valentina Tereshkova, cosmonaut
1939 - Adam Osborne, British author and computer designer (d. 2003)
1940 - Willie Stargell, baseball player (d. 2001)
1942 - Ben Murphy, American actor
1944 - Kiri Te Kanawa, New Zealand soprano
1944 - Mary Wilson, American singer (Supremes)
1946 - David Gilmour, British musician (Pink Floyd)
1947 - Kiki Dee, British singer
1947 - Dick Fosbury, American athlete
1947 - Martin Kove, American actor
1947 - Teru Miyamoto, Japanese author
1947 - Rob Reiner, American actor, comedian, and film producer
1949 - Shaukat Aziz, Prime Minister of Pakistan
1949 - Martin Buchan, Scottish footballer
1951 - Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch cyclist (d. 2004)
1953 - Jan Kjærstad, Norwegian author
1953 - Jacklyn Zeman, American actress
1955 - Alberta Watson, Canadian actress
1959 - Tom Arnold, American actor and comedian
1962 - Valerie French, American artist and animatronics art director
1964 - Madonna Wayne Gacy, Musician
1968 - Moira Kelly, American actress
1969 - Tari Phillips, American basketball player
1972 - Terry Murphy, Northern Irish snooker player
1972 - Shaquille O'Neal, American basketball player
1976 - Ken Anderson, American professional wrestler
1979 - Tim Howard, American soccer player

Deaths

1252 - Saint Rose of Viterbo, Italian saint (b. 1235)
1490 - Ivan the Young, Ruler of Tver (b. 1458)
1531 - Pedrarias Dávila, Spanish conquistador
1627 - Krzysztof Zbaraski, Polish statesman (b. 1580)
1754 - Henry Pelham, Prime Minister of Great Britain (b. 1694)
1758 - Henry Vane, 1st Earl of Darlington, English politician
1764 - Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, Lord Chancellor of England (b. 1690)
1796 - Guillaume Thomas François Raynal, French writer (b. 1713)
1836 - Davy Crockett, American frontiersman (b. 1786)
1854 - Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, British soldier and politician (b. 1778)
1888 - Louisa May Alcott, American novelist (b. 1832)
1895 - Camilla Collett, Norwegian writer and feminist (b. 1813)
1899 - Victoria Kaiulani, Hawaiian princess (b. 1875)
1905 - John Henninger Reagan, American Confederate politician (b. 1818)
1932 - John Philip Sousa, American band leader, conductor, and composer (b. 1854)
1933 - Anton Cermak, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1873)
1941 - Gutzon Borglum, Danish sculptor (b. 1867)
1948 - Ross Lockridge, Jr., American novelist (b. 1914)
1950 - Albert Lebrun, President of France (b. 1871)
1951 - Ivor Novello, Welsh actor, musician, and composer (b. 1893)
1951 - Volodymyr Vynnychenko, Ukraianian politician and statesman (b. 1880)
1952 - Jürgen Stroop, Nazi SS-leader (executed) (b. 1895)
1961 - George Formby, British comedian and singer (b. 1904)
1964 - King Paul of Greece (b. 1901)
1965 - Margaret Dumont, American actress (b. 1889)
1967 - John Haden Badley, author and educator (b. 1865)
1967 - Nelson Eddy, American singer and actor (b. 1901)
1967 - Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer (b. 1882)
1969 - Nadya Rusheva, Russian painter (b. 1952)
1970 - William Hopper, American actor (b. 1915)
1971 - Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor (b. 1921)
1973 - Pearl S. Buck, American writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
1976 - Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom, American boxer and actor (b. 1903)
1981 - George Geary, English cricketer (b. 1893)
1982 - Ayn Rand, Russian-American author (b. 1905)
1985 - Henry Wilcoxon, Dominican actor (b. 1905)
1986 - Georgia O'Keeffe, American artist (b. 1887)
1993 - Douglas Marland, American writer (b. 1935)
1994 - Melina Mercouri, Greek actress, political activist, and politician (b. 1920)
1997 - Cheddi Jagan, President of Guyana (b. 1918)
1997 - Michael Manley, Prime Minister of Jamaica (b. 1924)
2000 - John Colicos, Canadian actor (b. 1928)
2001 - Kim Walker, American actress (b. 1968)
2003 - John Sanford, American author (b. 1904)
2004 - Frances Dee, American actress (b. 1909)
2005 - Hans Bethe, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
2005 - Tommy Vance, British radio disc jockey (b. 1943)
2006 - Kirby Puckett, American Hall of Fame baseball player (b. 1960)
2006 - Dana Reeve, American actress, wife of Christopher Reeve (b. 1961)

Events

1447 - Nicholas V becomes Pope.
1454 - Thirteen Years' War: Delegates of the Prussian Confederation pledged allegiance to Casimir IV of Poland, and the Polish king agreed to help in their struggle for independence from the Teutonic Knights.
1460 - Treaty of Alcaçovas - Portugal gives the Canary Islands to Castile in exchange for claims in West Africa.
1521 - Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Guam.
1788 - The First Fleet arrives to Norfolk Island in order to found a convict settlement.
1820 - The Missouri Compromise is signed into law by President James Monroe. The compromise allows Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state, but makes the rest of the northern part of the Louisiana Purchase territory slavery-free.
1834 - York, Upper Canada is incorporated as Toronto.
1836 - Texas Revolution: Battle of the Alamo - After a 13-day siege by an army of 3,000 Mexican troops, the 189 Texas volunteers defending the Alamo are defeated and the fort taken.
1853 - The Giuseppe Verdi opera La Traviata premieres in Venice.
1856 - The University of Maryland, College Park is chartered as the Maryland Agricultural College.
1857 - The Supreme Court of the United States rules in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case.
1869 - Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society.
1899 - Bayer registers aspirin as a trademark.
1900 - A coal mine explosion in West Virginia traps 50 coal miners.
1901 - In Bremen an assassin attempts to kill Wilhelm II of Germany.
1921 - The Portuguese Communist Party is founded as the Portuguese Section of the Communist International.
1925 - Pionerskaya Pravda, one of the oldest children's newspapers in Europe, is founded.
1925 - Belgium annexes Eupen, Malmedy, and Sankt Vith.
1940 - Winter War: An armistice is signed by Finland and the Soviet Union.
1945 - A communist-dominated government under Petru Groza assumes power in Romania.
1946 - Vietnam War: Ho Chi Minh signs an agreement with France which recognizes Vietnam as an autonomous state in the Indochinese Federation and the French Union.
1948 - USS Newport News, the first air-conditioned naval ship, is launched from Newport News, Virginia.
1951 - The trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg begins.
1953 - Georgy Maksimilianovich Malenkov succeeds Josef Stalin as Premier and First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1957 - United Kingdom colonies Gold Coast and British Togoland become the independent Republic of Ghana.
1957 - Israel withdraws its troops from the Sinai Peninsula.
1964 - Prophet Elijah Muhammad officially gives Cassius Clay the name Muhammad Ali meaning "beloved of Allah".
1964 - Constantine II becomes King of Greece.
1964 - Tom O'Hara sets a new world record for the indoor mile run by completing it in 3 minutes, 56.4 seconds.
1970 - Cult leader and suspected murderer Charles Manson releases an album titled Lie: The Love And Terror Cult to help finance his defense.
1975 - Algiers Accord: Iran and Iraq announce a settlement over their border dispute.
1981 - After 19 years presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time.
1983 - The United States Football League begins its first year of competition.
1984 - Twelve-month-long strike in British coal industry begins.
1987 - The British ferry M/S Herald of Free Enterprise capsizes in about 90 seconds after leaving the harbour of Zeebrugge, Belgium en route to Dover, England across the English Channel, killing 193.
1988 - Students at Gallaudet University go on strike for the selection of a deaf university president. The protest is called Deaf President Now.
1992 - The Michelangelo computer virus begins to affect computers.
1994 - Referendum in Moldova results in the electorate voting against possible reunification with Romania.
1997 - Picasso's painting Tête de Femme is stolen from a London gallery, and is recovered a week later.
2006 - South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signs a bill into legislation that would ban most abortions in the state.

Holidays

In 2004, the Jewish holiday of Purim begins.
In Ghana, - The National independence day.
Casimir Pulaski Day in Illinois (2006, first Monday of March).
Saint Chrodegang
Saint Fridolin
Saint Coleta of Ghent
     
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