March 6 - the day in history

Published on Mar 05, 2005 06:35 PM IST

On this day in 1834 York in Upper Canada is incorporated as Toronto

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Today is March 6, the sixty sixth day of the year.
There are 299 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1834 - The city of York in Upper Canada is incorporated as Toronto.
1853 - Verdi's opera La Traviata premieres in Venice, Italy

1922 - United States prohibits export of arms to China.
1936 - The British Supermarine Spitfire MKI takes to the air, as a prototype of German's fastest fighter plane.
1944 - Heavy bombers stage the first American raid on Berlin during World War II.
1945 - German city of Cologne falls to U.S. First Army in World War II.
1946 - France recognizes Vietnam as free state within Indochina Federation.
1953 - G.M. Malenkov succeeds the late Joseph Stalin as Premier of Soviet Union.
1957 - Israeli troops hand over Gaza Strip to U.N. force.
1962 - United States pledges to defend Thailand against direct Communist aggression without waiting for action by Southeast Asia Treaty Organization.
1965 - U.S. Defense Department announces that 3,500 Marines are being sent to South Vietnam - the first U.S. ground combat troops committed to fighting against Communist guerrillas.
1970 - Alexander Dubcek, former Czech Communist Party boss, is suspended from party.
1975 - Arab terrorist raid on a Tel Aviv hotel leaves 14 dead.
1981 - Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time as principal anchorman of The CBS Evening News.
1988 - Thousands of Tibetans demanding independence set fires throughout their capital city of Lhasa.
1989 - At least 109 people, most of them laborers, die after drinking home made liquor in Vadodara.
1991
- Iraqi troops appear to have crushed a rebellion in Basra and are reported to be moving on other southern cities in revolt.
1993 - UNITA rebels capture Angola's second largest city, Huambo, after a two-month battle with government troops.
1995 - The dollar plummets to 92.70 yen, its lowest level against the yen anywhere in the world since modern exchange rates were established in the late 1940s.
1996 - Thousands of jubilant Muslims and Croats pour into Hadzici, a Sarajevo suburb in Bosnia, as Serbs give it up.
1997 - Separatist Tamil Tiger rebels break a two-month lull in Sri Lanka's civil war by raiding an army base and an air field in coordinated, pre-dawn attacks that leave 213 people dead.
1998 - U.S. House of Representatives votes to let Puerto Rico decide in a referendum if it wants to remain a territory or become an independent nation or a U.S. state.
1999 - Ta Mok, the last leader of the murderous Khmer Rouge, is captured by the Cambodian army and flown to the capital for trial.

2001 - Fifteen-year old Charles Andrew Williams opens fire at a high school in Santee, California, killing two fellow students and injuring 13 others.
2003 - An Algerian passenger jet crashes in the Sahara Desert shortly after takeoff, killing 116 people.
2004 - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels dismiss a powerful eastern commander V Muralitharan, who had earlier broken away from the main insurgent army creating an unprecedented split in the separatist group. Muralitharan, pulled 6000 of his fighters away from the 15,000-strong rebel army after accusing the top rebel leader V Prabhakaran of favoritism and exploitation of fighters from the east.

Today's Birthdays:
Michelangelo, Italian renaissance artist (1475-1564)
Cyrano de Bergerac, French author-duellist (1620-1655)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet (1806-1861)
Ed McMahon, U.S. host/announcer (1923--)
Lorin Maazel, French-born conductor of the NY Philharmonic (1930--)
Rob Reiner, U.S. director/actor (1947--)
Shaquille O'Neal, U.S. basketball player (1972--)

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