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Today in History
Today in History: Monday, March  02, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On March 2, 1877, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote.
 
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1807Congress outlawed the importation of slaves to the United States, effective the following year.
1836Texas declared its independence from Mexico.
1917Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship.
1939Roman Catholic Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected pope and took the name Pius XII.
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1959Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis held the first of two recording sessions that yielded the album "Kind of Blue."
1962Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scored 100 points in a game against the New York Knicks, an NBA record that still stands.
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1965The movie version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" had its world premiere in New York.
1985The federal government approved a screening test for AIDS that detected antibodies to the virus, allowing possibly contaminated blood to be excluded from the blood supply.
2004A series of coordinated blasts in Iraq killed 181 people at shrines in Karbala and Baghdad as thousands of Shiite Muslim pilgrims gathered for a religious festival.
2008Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Putin's hand-picked successor, scored a crushing victory in Russia's presidential election.
2011The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that members of the fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church have a First Amendment right to picket the funeral of a Marine.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Rock musician Jon Bon Jovi turns 53 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
John CullumActor ("Northern Exposure")85
Tom WolfeAuthor85
Mikhail GorbachevFormer Soviet president84
John IrvingAuthor73
Laraine NewmanActress, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")63
Russ FeingoldFormer U.S. senator, D-Wis.62
Jay OsmondSinger60
John CowsillPop musician (The Cowsills)59
Daniel CraigActor47
Chris MartinRock singer (Coldplay)38
Heather McCombActress ("Party of Five")38
Bryce Dallas HowardActress34
Ben RoethlisbergerFootball player33
Reggie BushFootball player30
Robert IlerActor ("The Sopranos")30