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Today in History
Today in History: Friday, March  06, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court in Dred Scott v. Sandford ruled against a slave suing for his freedom and said Congress had no right to limit the expansion of slavery.
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On this date in:
1806Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born in Durham, England.
1834The city of Toronto was incorporated.
1836The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, fell to Mexican forces after a 13-day siege.
1853Verdi's opera "La Traviata" premiered in Venice, Italy.
1912Oreo sandwich cookies were first introduced by the National Biscuit Co., which later became Nabisco.
1933A nationwide bank holiday declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt went into effect.
1935Retired Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. died two days shy of his 94th birthday.
1944Heavy bombers staged the first American raid on Berlin during World War II.
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1957The former British African colonies of the Gold Coast and Togoland became the independent nation of Ghana.
1970A bomb being built inside a Greenwich Village townhouse by the radical Weathermen accidentally went off, destroying the house and killing three group members.
1981Walter Cronkite signed off for the last time as anchorman of "The CBS Evening News."
Audio LinkCronkite signs off
2007Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was convicted of lying and obstructing an investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Connie Britton ("Nashville," "Friday Night Lights") turns 48 years old today.
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
William WebsterFormer FBI and CIA director91
Alan GreenspanFormer Federal Reserve chairman89
Gabriel Garcia MarquezAuthor ("Love in the Time of Cholera")88
Mary WilsonSinger (The Supremes)71
David GilmourRock musician (Pink Floyd)69
Kiki DeeSinger68
Tom ArnoldActor56
D.L. HughleyActor ("The Hughleys")51
Moira KellyActress47
Amy PietzActress ("Caroline in the City")46
Shaquille O'NealBasketball player43
Tim HowardSoccer player36
Chris TomsonRock musician (Vampire Weekend)31
Actor-director Rob Reiner turns 68 years old today.
AP Photo/Matt Sayles