This Day in History

Today is Thursday, March 7th, the 66th day of the year.There are 299 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone.

In 1965, state troopers broke up a march by civil rights demonstrators in Selma, Alabama.Because of the casualties resulting from the clash, the event became known as "Bloody Sunday."

In 1985, the song, "We Are The World," was played on the radio for the first time.It was the product of a collaboration of 45 of the top stars in pop music.

In 1987, Mike Tyson beat James "Bonecrusher" Smith to claim the World Boxing Council heavyweight title.By doing so, he became the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history.

In 1999, movie director Stanley Kubrick died at the age of 70.Kubrick's many film credits include the groundbreaking "2001, A Space Odyssey," "The Shining," and "A Clockwork Orange."

In 2000, Country singer Frank "Pee Wee" King died in Louisville, Kentucky.He was 86-years-old.

In 2003, the lights went dark on Broadway.After failing to reach an agreement with Broadway higher-ups over the use of live musicians and computer generated music, musicians went on strike forcing a number of Broadway musicals to shut down.The union representing Broadway actors also threw their support behind the musicians, agreeing not to cross the picket line.

In 2004, the body of writer and actor Spalding Gray was found in the East River off Brooklyn, New York, almost two months after he was reported missing.He was 62.

In 2004, stage, film and television actor Paul Winfield died after suffering a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 62 years old.

In 2011, Warner Bros. announced it had terminated its services with actor Charlie Sheen for work on the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men."Shortly after the announcement, Sheen climbed to the roof of an office building in Beverly Hills, California where he waved a machete and declared himself "free at last."

In 2016, quarterback Peyton Manning announced his retirement from the NFL after 18 years in the league.The NFL's all-time passing leader and five-time Most Valuable Player made his announcement a month after helping the Broncos win Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers.

In 2016, sportscaster Erin Andrews won 55-million-dollars in her lawsuit over a nude peephole video.

In 2016, tennis star Maria Sharapova announced that she failed a drug test at the Australian open.As a result, she was banned from tennis for two years.

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