Today is March 5. On this date in:
The Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers who’d been taunted by a crowd of colonists opened fire, killing five people.
President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial began in the U.S. Senate, with Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase presiding. Johnson, the first U.S. president to be impeached, was accused of “high crimes and misdemeanors” stemming from his attempt to fire Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; the trial ended May 26 with Johnson’s acquittal.
Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died after three decades in power.
Elvis Presley made his television debut on “Louisiana Hayride” carried by KSLA-TV Shreveport.
Country music’s Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins died in the crash of their plane, a Piper Comanche, near Camden, Tennessee, along with pilot Randy Hughes (Cline’s manager).
The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons went into effect after 43 nations ratified it.
Comedian John Belushi, 33, was found dead of a drug overdose in a rented bungalow in Hollywood.
The Ohio River crested at 64.7 feet in Downtown Cincinnati during devastating flooding in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
NASA scientists said enough water was frozen in the loose soil of the moon to support a lunar base and perhaps, one day, a human colony.
President George W. Bush slapped punishing tariffs of 8 percent to 30 percent on several types of imported steel to aid the U.S. industry.
The former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the controversy over the agency’s targeting of conservative groups, Lois Lerner, once again refused to answer questions at a House hearing.