MILESTONES: March 5 birthdays for Eva Mendes, Ray Suarez, Penn Jillette
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include baseball player and manager Del Crandall, who was born in 1930; actor Paul Sand, who was born in 1932; actor Dean Stockwell, who was born in 1936; football player and actor Fred Williamson, who was born in 1938; baseball player Kent Tekulve, who was born in 1947; actress Marsha Warfield, who was born in 1954; magician Penn Jillette, who was born in 1955; journalist and author Ray Suarez, who was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1957; musician John Frusciante, who was born in 1970; and actress Eva Mendes, who was born in 1974;
TURNING POINT: The Boston Massacre took place 250 years ago today. A skirmish between British troops and a crowd in Boston, Mass., was widely publicized and contributed to the unpopularity of the British regime in the colonies before the American Revolution. Five men were killed and six more were injured by British troops commanded by Capt. Thomas Preston. The troops were defended by young lawyer John Adams, who later became a leader of the revolution and the second president of the U.S.
CONTINENTAL DIVIDE: Winston Churchill, speaking at Westminster College, Fulton, Mo., on March 5, 1946, established the cold war boundary with these words: “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent.” Though Churchill was not the first to use the phrase “iron curtain,” his speech gave it a new currency and its usage persisted.
“Oh, I offended you with my opinion? You should hear the ones I keep to myself.”
— country singer Patsy Cline, who died on this day in 1963
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