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3/6/2023 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - March 6

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Today in History in 1836 the Battle of the Alamo: after 13 days of fighting during Texas Revolution between 1,500 and 3,000 Mexicans overwhelmed the Texans at the Alamo. Between 182 and 257 Texans died, including William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1479 - Treaty of Alcaçovas - Portugal gives the Canary Islands to Castile in exchange for claims in West Africa.
  • 1521 - Magellan discovers Guam
  • 1808 - 1st college orchestra in US founded, at Harvard
  • 1831 - Edgar Allen Poe removed from West Point military academy
  • 1836 - Battle of the Alamo: after 13 days of fighting during Texas Revolution between 1,500 and 3,000 Mexicans overwhelmed the Texans at the Alamo. Between 182 and 257 Texians died, including William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett.
  • 1853 - Giuseppe Verdi's Opera "La Traviata" premieres in Venice
  • 1857 - Dred Scott Decision: US Supreme Court rules Africans cannot be US citizens
  • 1869 - Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society.
  • 1899 - "Aspirin" (acetylsalicylic acid) patented by Felix Hoffmann at German company Bayer
  • 1950 - Silly Putty invented
  • 1981 - Walter Cronkite signs off as anchorman of "CBS Evening News"
  • 1997 - Picasso's painting Tête de Femme is stolen from a London gallery, and is recovered a week later.

1-Eddie Sigmon

Famous Birthdays

  • 1475 - Michelangelo, Italian painter (David) (d. 1564)
  • 1806 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Coxhoe Hall England, poet ("Sonnets from the Portuguese")
  • 1906 - Bob Wills, TX, actor (Lone Prairie, Tornado in the Saddle)
  • 1906 - Lou Costello, Paterson NJ, comedian/actor (Abbott & Costello)
  • 1926 - Alan Greenspan, economist/presidential advisor (FRB)
  • 1927 - Gabriel García Márquez, Aracataca, Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist (1982 Nobel Prize in Literature), (d. 2014)
  • 1953 - Jackie Zeman, Englewood NJ, actress (Bobbie-General Hospital)
  • 1972 - Shaquille O'Neal, Newark New Jersey, NBA center (Magic, Lakers, Oly-gold-96)

Famous Weddings

  • 1898 - Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar (25) weds political activist Alice Dunbar (22) in New York
  • 1928 - Industrialist Oskar Schindler (19) weds Emilie Schindler (20) in Svitavy, Czech Republic

Famous Divorces

  • 1964 - Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 4th divorce from entertainer Eddie Fisher

Famous Deaths

  • 1836 - Davy Crockett, US pioneer (Alamo), killed in battle at 49
  • 1836 - James Butler Bonham, American lawyer from South Carolina and soldier (b. 1807)
  • 1836 - Jim Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (b. 1796)
  • 1888 - Louisa May Alcott, American author (Little Women), dies of a stroke at 55
  • 1932 - John Philip Sousa, US composer (Stars & Stripes Forever), dies at 77
  • 1935 - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, American jurist, dies of pneumonia at 93
  • 2006 - Kirby Puckett, American baseball player, dies of a stroke at 45

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