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This day in history

Tuesday, March 5, is the 64th day of 2013. There are 301 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Dean Stockwell is 77. Actor Fred Williamson is 75. Actress Samantha Eggar is 74. Magician Penn Jillette is 58. Rock musician John Frusciante is 43. Actor Kevin Connolly is 39. Actress Eva Mendes is 38. Model Niki Taylor is 38.

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In 1770, the Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers who had been taunted by a crowd opened fire, killing five people.

In 1868, the Senate was organized into a Court of Impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson, who was later acquitted.

In 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his ‘‘Iron Curtain’’ speech in Fulton, Mo.

In 1953, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died at 74, after three decades in power. Composer Sergei Prokofiev died in Moscow at 61.

In 1960, Elvis Presley was discharged from the US Army.

In 1963, country music star Patsy Cline died in a plane crash near Camden, Tenn; she was 30.

In 1970, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons went into effect.

In 1982, comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in a rented bungalow in Hollywood; he was 33.

In 2003, a suicide bus bombing in Haifa, Israel, killed 17 people, including an American teen.

In 2012, songwriter Robert B. Sherman, 86, who collaborated with his brother Richard on such movie musicals as ‘‘Mary Poppins’’ and ‘‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,’’ died in London.

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