MILESTONES: March 6, birthdays for Connie Britton, Shaquille O’Neal, Mary Wilson
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include former CIA Director William Webster, who was born in 1924; former Federal Reserve Chairperson Alan Greenspan, who was born in 1926; Supremes member Mary Wilson, who was born in 1944; Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, who was born in 1946; actress Anna Maria Horsford, who was born in 1947; actor and director Rob Reiner, who was born in 1947; author and journalist John Stossel, who was born in 1947; composer Stephen Schwartz, who was born in 1948; actor and comedian D.L. Hughley, who was born in 1963; actress Connie Britton, who was born in 1967; actress Moira Kelly, who was born in 1968; Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, who was born in 1972; and New York Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames, who was born in 1977.
FIGHT TO THE FINISH: The Battle of the Alamo ended on this day in 1836. The siege, led by Mexican Gen. Santa Anna, began on Feb. 23 and reached its climax on March 6 when the last of the compound’s defenders were slain. Texans, under Gen. Sam Houston, rallied with the war cry “Remember the Alamo” and, at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, defeated and captured Santa Anna, who signed a treaty recognizing Texas’s independence.
DAY OF DREAD: The Dred Scott decision was handed down on this day in 1857. Scott, a slave, had successfully petitioned for his freedom based on his previous residence in a free state and territory. The Supreme Court, however, ruled against him, with Chief Justice Roger Taney writing that slaves were property, not citizens, and that Congress had no power to restrict slavery in the territories.
“I’m tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok.”
— NBA great Shaquille O’Neal, who was born on this day in 1972
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