Today in history: March 3 In 1845, Florida became the...


March 03, 2000

Today in history: March 3

In 1845, Florida became the 27th state.

In 1849, Congress created the Minnesota Territory.

In 1875, the Georges Bizet opera "Carmen" premiered in Paris.

In 1887, Anne Mansfield Sullivan arrived at the Alabama home of Capt. and Mrs. Arthur H. Keller to become the teacher of Helen, their blind and deaf 6-year-old daughter.

In 1931, "The Star-Spangled Banner" officially became the national anthem of the United States.

In 1940, Artie Shaw and his orchestra recorded "Frenesi" for RCA Victor.

In 1969, Apollo 9 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a mission to test the lunar module.

In 1974, nearly 350 people died when a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris.

In 1991, 25 people were killed when a United Airlines Boeing 737-200 crashed while approaching the Colorado Springs, Colo., airport.

In 1991, in a case that sparked a national outcry, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video.

Ten years ago: President Bush sparked controversy by expressing opposition to the settlement of Soviet Jewish refugees in East Jerusalem.

One year ago: The Supreme Court ruled that public schools had to finance one-on-one nursing care for some disabled students throughout the school day.

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