Today is Monday, March 1, the 60th day of 2021. There are 305 days left in a year.
Today’s highlight in history
On March 1, 1954, four Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the US House of Representatives audience gallery, injuring five members of Congress.
In 1781, the Continental Congress declared the Articles of Confederation in effect, after it had been ratified by Maryland.
In 1954, the United States detonated a dry fuel hydrogen bomb, code-named Castle Bravo, at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
In 1957, “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss released to bookstores by Random House.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order to establish the Peace Corps.
In 1971, a bomb exploded inside the men’s room in the US Capitol; the radical Weather Underground group claims responsibility for the pre-dawn explosion.
In 1974, seven people, including former White House assistant Nixon HR Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman, former Attorney General John Mitchell and former Assistant Attorney General Robert Mardian, charged with conspiring to obstruct justice in connection with the Watergate break-in. (The four defendants were convicted in January 1975, although Mardian’s sentence was later overturned.)
In 2005, Dennis Rader, church-going family man accused of living a double life as serial killer BTK, is charged in Wichita, Kansas, with 10 counts of first degree murder. (Rader later pleaded guilty and received multiple life sentences.)
President of Yemen who is being fought, Ali Abdullah Saleh, accused the US, its closest ally, of instigating mounting protests against him, but the move failed to slow the momentum of his ouster.
In the primaries and caucuses Super Tuesday, Republic Donald Trump won Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia; Ted Cruz won Alaska, Oklahoma and his home state of Texas; Marco Rubio won Minnesota. On the Democrat side, Hillary Clinton won Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia in the meantime Bernie Sanders won in Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma and his home state of Vermont.
Health officials in Washington state, announcing what was believed at the time to be the second US death from the coronavirus, said the virus may have been circulating for weeks undetected in the Seattle area. (Previous deaths in the Seattle area and in California were later linked to the virus.)
The US government is advising Americans not to travel to areas in northern Italy affected by the virus; The US has also banned travel to Iran, where the official death toll has soared to more than 50.
President Donald Trump says there is “no reason to panic” about the virus.
Singer / actor Harry Belafonte is 94.
Rock singer Mike D’Abo (Manfred Mann) 77 years old.
Rock singer Roger Daltrey is 77.
Actor-director Ron Howard is 67.
Country singer Janis Gill (aka Janis Oliver Cummins) (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) 67 years old.
Actor Catherine Bach is 66.
Actor John David Cullum is 55.
Actor Javier Bardem is 52.
Actor Jack Davenport is 48.
Rock musician Ryan Peake (Nickelback) is 48.
Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar is 47.
Singer Tate Stevens is 46.
Actor Jensen Ackles is 43.
television presenter Donovan Patton is 43.
Actor Lupita Nyong’o is 38.
Pop singer Justin Bieber is 27.
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