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This Day In History: March 5

Today is the 65th day of 2008 and the 75th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1770, British soldiers fired into a crowd of rowdy demonstrators, killing five, in the Boston Massacre. In 1946, Winston Churchill mentioned the "Iron Curtain" in a speech often regarded as the beginning of the Cold War. In 1970, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, ratified by 43 nations, went into effect.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Rex Harrison (1908-90), actor; James Tobin (1918-2002), economist; Felipe González Márquez, (1942- ), former Spanish premier, is 66; Penn Jillette, (1955- ), comedian/magician, is 53; John Frusciante (1971- ), musician, is 37.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1993, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson received a lifetime competition ban after testing positive for banned substances a second time.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "A shadow has fallen upon the scenes so lately lighted by the Allied victory... From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent." - Winston Churchill

TODAY'S FACT: By 2007, 188 countries were signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. North Korea withdrew in Jan. 2003, joining India, Israel, and Pakistan.

TODAY'S NUMBER:1,219 -- number of drug tests conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency for the 2006 Summer Olympics; one person tested positive and was disqualified.

TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (February 28) and new moon (March 7).


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