This day in history

Thursday, March 7, is the 66th day of 2013. There are 299 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Entertainment executive Michael Eisner is 71. Actor John Heard is 67. Rock singer Peter Wolf is 67. Pro Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris is 63. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Lynn Swann is 61. R&B singer Ernie Isley is 61. Actor Bryan Cranston is 57. Tennis Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl is 53. Actor Peter Sarsgaard is 42. Actress Rachel Weisz is 42. Actress Jenna Fischer is 39.

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


In 1965, a march by civil rights demonstrators was violently broken up at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., by state troopers and a sheriff’s posse.

In 1975, the US Senate revised its filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of the previously required two-thirds of senators present.