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Events - March 5
1750 - The first Shakespearean play in America was presented at the Nassau Street Theatre in New York City. The play enjoyed by the audience was the famous "King Richard III".

1821 - James Monroe became the first President of the United States to be inaugurated on March 5th. The reason? The usual inauguration date of March 4th fell on a Sunday that year and a President cannot be inaugurated on the Sabbath. It’s still the law, even though the Inauguration Day was officially set back to January 20th.

1864 - For the first time, Oxford met Cambridge in track and field competition in England.

1872 - George Westinghouse of “You can be sure if it’s Westinghouse” fame patented the air brake on this day. They were, and remain, especially important to trains, big trucks, buses and amusement park rides.

1922 - Annie Oakley broke all existing records for women’s trap shooting. She smashed 98 out of 100 clay targets thrown at 16 yards while at a match at the Pinehurst Gun Club in North Carolina. She hit the first fifty, missed the 51st, then the 67th.

1923 - Old-age pension laws were enacted in the states of Montana and Nevada.

1924 - Lace up those bowling shoes, keglers, grab that 16-pounds of rubber or hi-tech plastic and let it rip down the lane, as we bring you bowling news. Frank Caruana of Buffalo, New York, became the first bowler to roll two perfect games in a row and an amazing 29 strikes in succession! He rolled five strikes in a row in a third game in sanctioned play, as well.

1936 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s "Mutiny On The Bounty" (produced by Irving Thalberg and Albert Lewin) was voted Outstanding Production, as they used to say. The 8th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles. Director/producer/writer/actor Frank Capra hosted the big giveaway honoring the films of 1935, which saw Victor McLaglen take the Best Actor prize for "The Informer" (John Ford won for directing this one). Best Actress was Bette Davis in "Dangerous". In case you are wondering, they didn’t start handing out those Supporting Actor/Actress awards until 1937. The Best Music/Song award winners were Harry Warren (music) and Al Dubin (lyrics) for the song "Lullaby of Broadway" from "Gold Diggers of 1935". An Oscar for Short Subject/Cartoon was awarded to some guy named Walt Disney for his ’toon, "Three Orphan Kittens".

1946 - Winston Churchill delivered his famous Iron Curtain Speech at Fulton, MO, “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.”

1953 - The Soviet Union announced that dictator Josef Stalin had died at age 73.

1953 - A grand jury in Elizabeth, New Jersey, rejected efforts to ban the The Moon is Blue for obscenity. The film was condemned by the Catholic Church (it objected to the inclusion of the words ‘virgin’, ‘seduce’, ‘mistress’ and ‘pregnant’). The movie, with its dialogue intact, was a big hit at the box office.

1960 - Elvis Presley returned to civilian life after a two-year hitch in the U.S. Army. Not since General Douglas MacArthur returned from battle has a soldier received such publicity. Elvis said he probably would not be growing his famous and long sideburns back, though he did relent in later years.

1963 - Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hankshaw Hawkins were killed in a plane crash at Camden, TN, near Nashville. The famous country music stars were returning from a benefit performance. Cline, the ‘Queen of Country Music’ was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973. Jessica Lange played Patsy in the 1985 biographical film, "Sweet Dreams", named after one of Cline’s hugely popular songs. Willie Nelson wrote her biggest hit, "Crazy", which become a number one country hit and a top 10 pop song in November, 1961.

1969 - The rock magazine, "Creem", was published for the first time this day.

1973 - Roberta Flack, riding at #1 on the pop music charts with, "Killing Me Softly with His Song", could hardly wait to rip into the fancy frame containing her brand new gold record. She flew to the stereo machine and set the needle down on the shiny surface, only to hear "Come Softly to Me". She was so impressed by this unexpected turn of the table that she wound up humming the old Fleetwoods song for three days.

1979 - Voyager 1 had its closest approach to Jupiter (172,000 miles) and sent photos back to Earth.

1984 - The Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League signed quarterback, Steve Young, from Brigham Young University, to a “substantial” contract on this day. The football all-American inked a pact that would earn him $40 million dollars over a 43-year period, in one of the most complicated contracts ever -- lasting until 2027. The USFL folded not long after he signed the lucrative deal. Young became the back-up quarterback for football legend, Joe Montana, in San Francisco. In 1994, when Montana moved to the Kansas City Chiefs, Steve Young took over the reins to lead the 49ers.

1985 - Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders became the first National Hockey League player to score 50 goals in eight consecutive seasons. Two players have scored 50 goals in six seasons: Wayne ‘The Great One’ Gretzky of Los Angeles and Guy Lafleur of Montreal.

1989 - Pepsi Cola in the U.S. said it would withdraw its Madonna TV ads from any station that showed the singer’s video, Like a Prayer. The video, which already had been banned in Italy, showed a scantily-clad Madonna kissing the naked feet of a statue in a church sanctuary and caressing a priest.

1993 - Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was banned for life from racing by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) after he failed a dope test. He also had been forced out of the 1988 Seoul Olympics after failing a drug test.

1995 - An Australian yacht oneAustralia, cracked in two and sank in 950 feet of water about five miles off San Diego during a challenger series race. All 16 sailors were rescued in this, the first sinking in the history of America’s Cup racing. The yacht was never recovered, but there was a oneAustralia backup boat.

1997 - Tommy Lasorda, Phil Niekro, Nellie Fox and Willie Wells Sr. were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1999 - Italian Prime MinisterMassimo D’Alema met at the White House with President Clinton, a day after a military jury in North Carolina acquitted a Marine pilot in the Italian cable car accident that killed 20 people. D’Alema demanded justice, while Clinton expressed profound regret.

2003 - Thousands of high school and college students walked out of classes across the U.S. protesting the looming war in Iraq.

2004 - Martha Stewart was convicted of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she unloaded her ImClone stock just before the price plummeted.

2008 - The U.S. Interior Department released a flood of water from the Glen Canyon Dam to help restore the Colorado River ecosystem. This was the third deliberate flooding of the canyon. The other managed floods were in 1996 and 2004.

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Birthdays - March 5
1595 - William Blackstone (New World settler: first settler in what is now Boston, Massachusetts, and also, Rhode Island; Blackstone River in Rhode Island bears his name; died May 26, 1675)

1893 - Emmett J. Culligan (inventor: water-softening device; founder of Culligan Water, world’s largest water-treatment company; died Jun 3, 1970)

1908 - Rex (Reginald Carey) Harrison (Academy Award-winning actor: My Fair Lady [1964]; Cleopatra, Dr. Dolittle, The Agony and the Ecstasy; died Jun 2, 1990)

1921 - Elmer (William) Valo (baseball: Philadelphia Athletics, KC Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Brooklyn Dodgers, LA Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, NY Yankees, Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins; died Jul 19, 1998)

1927 - Jack (John Joseph Edward) Cassidy (actor: The Eiger Sanction, The Andersonville Trial; Broadway’s She Loves Me; David and Shaun’s father; Shirley Jones’ husband; killed in fire Dec 12, 1976)

1928 - Lou Levy (pianist: band: Supersax; recorded with Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson, Anita O’Day; died Jan 23, 2001)

1930 - Del (Delmar Wesley) Crandall (baseball: catcher: Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves [all-star: 1953-1956, 1958-1960, 1962/World Series: 1957, 1958], SF Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians)

1932 - Paul Sand (Sanchez) (Tony Award-winning actor: Story Theatre; Getting Up and Going Home, Frozen Assets, The Last Fling, Great Bank Hoax, Once Upon a Brothers Grimm, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, Gimme a Break, St. Elsewhere)

1933 - Earl Leggett (football: LSU, Chicago Bears, LA Rams, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, NY Giants; coach: SF 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, NY Giants; died May 15, 2008)

1934 - James B. Sikking (actor: Hill Street Blues, Turnabout, Doogie Howser, M.D., Tyson, The Pelican Brief, Star Trek 3, Outland, Ordinary People, Scorpio, Von Ryan’s Express, The Strangler)

1936 - Dale Douglass (golf: Univ of Colorado, PGA, SPGA)

1936 - Dean Stockwell (actor: Gentlemen’s Agreement, Dune, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Legend of Billie Jean, Quantum Leap)

1938 - James Wainwright (actor: The President’s Plane is Missing, Joe Kidd; died Dec 20, 1999)

1938 - Fred ‘The Hammer’ Williamson (football: Kansas City Chiefs corner back: Super Bowl I; sportscaster: ABC’s Monday Night Football; actor: Julia, Half Nelson)

1939 - Samantha Eggar (actress: Exterminator, Doctor Dolittle, The Collector, Samantha and the King)

1945 - Randy Matson (National Track & Field Hall of Famer: Olympic Silver Medalist: shot put [1964]; first to break the 70’ barrier)

1945 - Norm Thompson (football: St. Louis Cardinals)

1946 - Rocky Bleier (football: Pittsburgh Steelers running back: Super Bowl IX, X, XIII, XIV)

1946 - Michael Warren (actor: Paris, Hill Street Blues, Sweet Justice, Sierra)

1947 - Eddie Hodges (singer, actor: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Hole in the Head, Live a Little Love a Little)

1948 - Eddy Grant (singer, songwriter: Living on the Front Line, Do You Feel My Love, I Don’t Wanna Dance, Electric Avenue, Romancing the Stone; group: Equals: Baby Come Back, Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys; owned studio: Coach House Studios, another in Barbados)

1950 - Eugene Fodor (musician: violinist: made solo debut at age 10 [w/Denver Symphony]; won first national competition at age 12; won first prize in International Paganini Competition [Italy: 1972]; won highest prize in International Tchaikovsky Competition [Moscow: 1974]; attended Juilliard, Vienna Academy, Indiana Univ., USC; died Feb 26, 2011)

1950 - Tom Sullivan (football: Philadelphia Eagles; died Oct 10, 2002)

1951 - Bob Richer (hockey: NHL: Buffalo Sabres)

1952 - Alan Clark (musician: keyboards: group: Dire Straits: Telegraph Road, Private Investigation, Money for Nothing, Walk of Life, The Man’s Too Strong, Goin’ Home, Smooching)

1954 - Marsha Warfield (actress, comedienne: Night Court, The Richard Pryor Show, Empty Nest, D.C. Cab)

1955 - Penn Jillette (half of comedy/magic team Penn & Teller; actor: Fear of Fiction, Hayley Wagner, Star, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Home Invasion; host: Penn Radio, Penn & Teller: Fool Us)

1958 - Andy (Andrew Roy) Gibb (singer: group: The Bee Gees; solo: Love is Thicker than Water, I Just Want to be Your Everything, Shadow Dancing, [Our Love] Don’t Throw It all Away; host of TV’s Solid Gold; died Mar 10, 1988)

1963 - Joel Osteen (televangelist pastor of Lakewood megachurch, Houston Texas: sermons seen by millions in over 100 countries)

1966 - Michael Irvin (Pro Football Hall of Famer [wide receiver]: Univ of Miami; NFL: Dallas Cowboys [1988–1999]: Super Bowl XXVII, XXVIII, XXX champs)

1966 - Aasif Mandvi (comedian, actor: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Understudy, Ghost Town, The Last Airbender, Premium Rush, The Dictator)

1970 - John Frusciante (musician: guitar: group: Red Hot Chili Peppers: Under the Bridge, Give It Away, Californication, Scar Tissue, Otherside, Suck My Kiss, By the Way)

1974 - Eva Mendes (actress: We Own the Night, 3 and 3, Hitch, Stuck on You, Out of Time, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, 2 Fast 2 Furious; more)

1986 - Corey Brewer (basketball: Univ of Florida [2004–2007: NCAA champs 2006, 2007]; NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves [2007–2011]; Dallas Mavericks [2011: NBA champs 2011]; Denver Nuggets [2011–2013]; Minnesota Timberwolves [2013– ]; more)

Those Were the Days: Current Issues

Chart Toppers - March 5
1944
Besame Mucho - The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen
My Heart Tells Me - The Glen Gray Orchestra (vocal: Eugenie Baird)
Mairzy Doats - The Merry Macs
Ration Blues - Louis Jordan

1952
Cry - Johnnie Ray
Slowpoke - Pee Wee King
Anytime - Eddie Fisher
Wondering - Webb Pierce

1960
The Theme from "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith
Handy Man - Jimmy Jones
Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin
He’ll Have to Go - Jim Reeves

1968
Love is Blue - Paul Mauriat
(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls - Dionne Warwick
(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Skip a Rope - Henson Cargill

1976
Theme from S.W.A.T. - Rhythm Heritage
Love Machine (Part 1) - The Miracles
All by Myself - Eric Carmen
Good Hearted Woman - Waylon & Willie

1984
Jump - Van Halen
99 Luftballons - Nena
Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Woke Up in Love - Exile

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