AP Highlight in History: On March 5, 1946, British statesman Winston Churchill referred to the Soviet Union's sphere of influence in Eastern Europe as an "iron curtain" in a speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.
Excerpt from Churchill's "iron Curtain" speech
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The Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers, taunted by a crowd of colonists, opened fire, killing five people.
An abortive Fenian uprising against English rule took place in Ireland.
The Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote in German parliamentary elections, enabling it to join with the Nationalists to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.
Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died at age 73 after nearly three decades in power.
Country music singer Patsy Cline died in a plane crash near Camden, Tenn., at age 30.
The nuclear non-proliferation treaty went into effect.
Comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose at age 33.
Vice President Dick Cheney underwent an angioplasty for a partially blocked artery.
Martha Stewart was convicted of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she'd unloaded her Imclone Systems Inc. stock just before the price plummeted.