Today in History
Today is Sunday, March 3, the 62nd day of 2013. There are 303 days left in the year.
On March 3, 1931, "The Star-Spangled Banner" became the national anthem of the United States as President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution.
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In 1845, Florida became the 27th state.
In 1849, the U.S. Department of the Interior was established.
In 1913, more than 5,000 suffragists marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., a day before the presidential inauguration of Woodrow Wilson.
In 1923, Time magazine, founded by Briton Hadden and Henry R. Luce, made its debut.
In 1945, the Allies fully secured the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese forces during World War II.
In 1969, Apollo 9 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a mission to test the lunar module.
In 1991, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video.
Ten years ago: Israeli troops arrested Hamas co-founder Mohammed Taha in a deadly raid. (Israel released him 14 months later.)
Five years ago: A gunman opened fire inside a Wendy's restaurant in West Palm Beach, Fla., killing a paramedic who'd gone back to fetch a missing meal toy for his child; the gunman wounded five others before turning the gun on himself.
One year ago: Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh apologized on his website to Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, whom he had branded a "slut" and "prostitute" after she testified to congressional Democrats that she wanted her college health plan to cover her birth control.
Today's Birthdays: Socialite Lee Radziwill is 80. Movie producer-director George Miller is 68. Singer Jennifer Warnes is 66. Singer-musician Robyn Hitchcock is 60. Rock musician John Lilley is 59. Actress Miranda Richardson is 55. Radio personality Ira Glass is 54. Olympic track and field gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee is 51. College Football Hall of Famer Herschel Walker is 51. Rapper-actor Tone Loc (lohk) is 47. Actress Julie Bowen is 43. Actor David Faustino is 39. Gospel singer Jason Crabb is 36. Singer Ronan Keating (Boyzone) is 36. Rapper Lil' Flip is 32. Actress Jessica Biel is 31.
Thought for Today: "Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is." -- Maxim Gorky, Russian writer (1868-1936).