By The Associated Press
2014-02-28 09:42 AM
Today is Friday, March 7, the 66th day of 2014. There are 299 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1573 - Peace of Constantinople ends war between Turkey and Venice.
1793 - France declares war on Spain, and Spanish forces invade Roussillon and Navarre.
1820 - Spain's King Ferdinand II is forced to restore the Constitution of 1812 and end the Inquisition.
1821 - Neopolitan rebels are crushed by Austrians at Rieti.
1854 - A sewing machine that could stitch buttonholes is patented by Charles Miller of St. Louis.
1876 - Egyptian forces are defeated at Gura by Ethiopians; Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for his telephone.
1926 - The first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversation takes place, between New York City and London.
1935 - Restoration of Saar to Germany marks beginning of German expansion.
1936 - Germany violates Treaty of Versailles by occupying demilitarized zone in the Rhineland.
1939 - Civil war breaks out in Madrid between communist and anti-communist factions while Nationalist forces lay siege to the city.
1941 - British troops invade Italian-occupied Abyssinia -- now Ethiopia -- in World War II.
1947 - Terrorist attack on police headquarters in Asuncion, Paraguay, sparks bloody five-month civil war.
1951 - Iran's Prime Minister Ali Razmara is assassinated.
1965 - A march by civil rights demonstrators is broken up in Selma, Alabama, by state troopers and a sheriff's posse.
1968 - United States and Soviet Union pledge to protect all weaker nations from nuclear blackmail and aggression.
1975 - U.S. Senate revises its filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of the previously required two-thirds of senators present.
1977 - Saudi Arabia announces it will give one billion dollars in aid to Africa.
1988 - British soldiers and police fatally shoot three Irish Republican Army guerrillas after they plant a car bomb set to go off during military parade in British colony of Gibraltar.
1989 - China declares martial law in Tibetan capital of Lhasa following three days of anti-Chinese rioting.
1990 - Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev demands billions of dollars in hard currency to cover Soviet investments if Lithuania secedes from Soviet Union.
1991 - Forces loyal to Saddam Hussein reportedly execute as many as 400 people in southern Iraq following days of rebellion in Basra and other cities.
1992 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin ends price controls on bread and other staples, leading to steep price increases.
1993 - Angola says its troops have withdrawn from Huambo after two months of fighting with rebels that left 10,000 dead.
1994 - Multinational African army installs new government in Liberia.
1996 - Three U.S. servicemen are convicted in the rape of a 12-year-old Japanese girl and sentenced to between 6 1/2 and 7 years in prison.
1999 - Bosnian Serb lawmakers reject the firing of their hard-line president and suspend cooperation with the country's federal government after mediators say the strategic town of Brcko should leave Serb hands.
2001 - Ariel Sharon takes over as Israel's prime minister.
2002 - Hindu-Muslim rioting in the western Indian state of Gujarat leaves more than 600 people dead. Hindu mobs massacre Muslims after a train carrying Hindu activists was torched by Muslims in the city of Godhra the previous week.
2003 - The United States, Britain and Spain amend a draft U. N. Security Council resolution they had earlier proposed, setting a deadline of March 17 for the council to determine whether Iraq is serious about its disarmament obligations.
2005 - A fire set by rioting gang members kills 134 inmates of a provincial jail in the Dominican Republic, where overcrowded cells are overrun with rats, cockroaches and bedbugs.
2006 - A series of coordinated bombings rock a packed railway station and crowded temple in Varanasi, Hinduism's holiest city, killing 20 people and injuring dozens in an attack that raised fears of communal violence.
2007 - A Garuda Airlines Boeing 737-400 burst into flames after careening off a runway in Indonesia's Yogyakarta on Java island, killing at least 21 people. Investigators said the jetliner's front wheels had snapped off as it touched down.
2008 - The Russian-backed region of Abkhazia appeals to the world community to recognize it as independent from Georgia, citing Kosovo as a precedent.
2009 - The Western-backed Palestinian prime minister resigns, improving odds of a possible unity government of Fateh moderates and Hamas militants.
2010 - Iraqis defy insurgents who lob hand grenades at voters and bomb a polling station in an attempt to intimidate those taking part in elections that will determine whether their country can overcome deep sectarian divides as U.S. forces prepare to leave.
2011 - A warship capable of detecting and shooting down ballistic missiles heads for the Mediterranean Sea as the U.S. starts implementing its plan to protect Europe from a potential Iranian nuclear threat.
2012 - The U.N. humanitarian chief tours the shattered Syrian district of Baba Amr but finds most residents had fled following a bloody military siege, while activists accuse the government of trying to cover up evidence of atrocities there.
2013 - The U.N. Security Council votes unanimously for tough new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, and a furious Pyongyang threatens a nuclear strike against the U.S.
Allessandro Manzoni, Italian author (1785-1873); Sir John Herschel, English astronomer (1792-1871); Thomas Masaryk, Czech statesman (1850-1937); Maurice Ravel, French composer (1875-1937); Anna Magnani, Italian actress (1908-1973); Willard Scott, U.S. weatherman for the "Today" show, (1934--); Michael Eisner, U.S. chairman, Walt Disney Co. (1942--); Rachel Weisz, British actress (1971--).
Thought For Today:
If you're not feeling good about you, what you're wearing outside doesn't mean a thing -- Leontyne Price, American opera singer (1927-).