Sunday, March 3, 2013

March 3rd Moments

The number 3 represents the trinity of life -- body, mind, soul.

March third is the 3rd day of the 3rd month -- 3/3. The following events occurred in March 3 in the following years.

1805 -- The Louisiana-Missouri Territory was formed.

1820 -- Congress passed the Missouri Compromise which allowed Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state and Maine to enter as a free state.

1843 -- Congress authorized funds to test the practicality of an electro-magnetic telegraph system.

1845 -- Congress passed legislation by overriding the president's veto, for the first time.

1845 -- Florida became the 27th state.

1847 -- The U.S. Post Office was authorized to issue postage stamps.

1853 -- Congress authorized a survey for a transcontinental railroad.

1857-- Britain and France declared war on China.

1863 -- President Abraham Lincoln signed the Conscription Act compelling citizens to report for Civil War duty or pay $300 to be exempt from service, causing draft riots in New York.

1871 -- Congress passes the Indian Appropriation Act making Native Americans wards of the U.S. Government.

1871 -- Congress established the Civil Service system.

1875 -- The first hockey game took place, in Montreal.

1905 -- Under President Theodore Roosevelt, the U.S. Forest Service was formed.

1915 -- The film "Birth of a Nation" debuted in New York City.

1919 -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that falsely shouting "Fire" in a crowded theater was not protected as free speech in the 1st amendment in the Constitution.

1931 -- President Herbert Hoover signed a bill making "The Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem of the USA.

1933 -- Mount Rushmore was dedicated.

1934 -- Criminal John Dillinger escaped from jail in Indiana.

1943 -- The USA defeated Japan in the Battle of Bismarck Sea.

1945 -- The U.S. 7th Army occupied the last part of Germany.

1959 -- The first U.S. probe, Pioneer 4, to enter solar orbit was launched.

1965 -- The USA performed a nuclear test in Nevada -- the USSR performed a nuclear test in Eastern Kazakhstan.

1968 -- The Tet Offensive in Hue, South Vietnam ended.

1969 -- Sirhan Sirhan testified in court that he had killed Robert Kennedy.

1978 -- The remains of comedian Charlie Chaplin were stolen from his grave in Switzerland.

1991 -- Los Angeles police brutally arrested Rodney King after an 8-mile chase, sparking violent riots in Los Angeles.

1992 -- President George H. W. Bush apologized for raising taxes after pledging not to -- "read my lips, no new taxes."

1999 -- Monica Lewinsky was interview by Barbara Walters concerning her relationship with President Clinton.

2003 -- President George W. Bush offered a plan for adding drug benefits to Medicare.

2008 -- The U.N. Security Council imposed another round of sanctions against Iran for refusing to suspend the enrichment of uranium.

2011 -- President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon met to discuss a drug war alliance.

2013 -- On March 3, 2013, my brother Dr. James W. Burquest was married for the 3rd time. He was born on March 3, many moons ago. Ironically, his new wife was also born on March 3. A wedding anniversary and 2 birthdays all on the same day -- an efficient gambit to eliminate extra shopping days -- well done.

There are 3 kinds of people -- those who can count and those who can't.

Beware the Ides of March.

Quote for the Day -- "I have just 3 things to teach -- simplicity, patience, compassion." Lao Tzu

Bret Burquest is the author of 9 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where three is a crowd.

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