► Today is Saturday, March 3, the 63d day of 2012. There are 303 days left in the year.
► Today’s birthdays: Bluegrass singer-musician Doc Watson is 89. Socialite Lee Radziwill is 79. Movie producer-director George Miller is 67. Actress Hattie Winston is 67. Singer Jennifer Warnes is 65. Actor Tim Kazurinsky is 62. Singer-musician Robyn Hitchcock is 59. Actor Robert Gossett is 58. Rock musician John Lilley is 58. Actress Miranda Richardson is 54. Radio personality Ira Glass is 53. Actress Mary Page Keller is 51. Olympic track and field gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee is 50. College Football Hall of Famer Herschel Walker is 50. Rapper-actor Tone Loc is 46. Rock musician John Bigham is 43. Actress Julie Bowen is 42. Country singer Brett Warren (The Warren Brothers) is 41. Actor David Faustino is 38. Singer Ronan Keating (Boyzone) is 35. Rapper Lil’ Flip is 31. Actress Jessica Biel is 30. Rock musician Blower (a.k.a. Joe Garvey) (Hinder) is 28.
► In 1845, Florida became the 27th state.
► In 1849, the US Department of the Interior was established. ► In 1887, Anne Sullivan arrived at the Tuscumbia, Ala., home of Captain and Mrs. Arthur H. Keller to become the teacher for their blind and deaf 6-year-old daughter, Helen.
► In 1894, British Prime Minister William Gladstone submitted his resignation to Queen Victoria, ending his fourth and final premiership.
► In 1923, Time magazine, founded by Briton Hadden and Henry R. Luce, made its debut.
► In 1931, President Hoover signed a congressional resolution making “The Star-Spangled Banner’’ the country’s national anthem.
► In 1945, the Allies fully secured the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese forces.
► In 1961, King Hassan II acceded to the throne of Morocco, following the death of his father, King Mohammed V.
► In 1974, a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris, killing all 346 people on board.
► In 1987, comedian Danny Kaye died in Los Angeles at 74.
► In 1991, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video. Twenty-five people were killed when a United Airlines Boeing 737-200 crashed on approach to Colorado Springs.
► In 2002, voters in Switzerland approved joining the United Nations, abandoning almost 200 years of formal neutrality. Country songwriter Harlan Howard, whose hits included “I Fall to Pieces’’ and “Busted,’’ died in Nashville at 74.