|Today is If Pets Had Thumbs Day, National Anthem Day, Unique Names Day, National Mulled Wine Day, Cold Cuts Day and Peach Blossom Day
In 1793, the first president of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston, was born near Lexington, Va.
In 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico.
In 1877, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote.
In 1899, President McKinley signed a measure creating the rank of Admiral of the Navy for Admiral George Dewey.
In 1899, Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state was established.
In 1917, Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship.
In 1923, Time magazine made its debut.
In 1931, "The Star-Spangled Banner" officially became the "National Anthem."
In 1939, the Massachusetts legislature voted to ratify the Bill of Rights, 147 years after the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution had gone into effect.
In 1949, an American B-50 Superfortress, the Lucky Lady II, landed at Fort Worth, Texas, after completing the first non-stop round-the-world flight.
In 1977, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a strict code of ethics.
In 1985, Moonlighting debuted on ABC.
In 1988, Luciano Pavarotti set a record with 165 curtain calls at a West Berlin opera. The standing ovation lasted 67 minutes.
|Today's Birthdays: Actor John Cullum ("Northern Exposure") is 85. Author Tom Wolfe is 85. Author John Irving is 73. Actress Cassie Yates is 64. Actress-comedian Laraine Newman is 63. Singer Jay Osmond of The Osmonds is 60. Drummer John Cowsill of The Cowsills is 59. Country singer Larry Stewart of Restless Heart is 56. Singer Jon Bon Jovi is 53. Actor Daniel Craig ("Skyfall") is 47. Singer Chris Martin of Coldplay is 38. Actor Robert Iler ("The Sopranos") is 30. Actress Nathalie Emmanuel ("Game of Thrones") is 26.
(Above for release Monday, March second)