March 6 - the day in history
On this day in 1834 York in Upper Canada is incorporated as Toronto
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.
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--)