This day in history

Friday, March 7, is the 66th day of 2014. There are 299 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Photographer Lord Snowdon is 84. TV personality Willard Scott is 80. Auto racer Janet Guthrie is 76. Actor Daniel J. Travanti is 74. Entertainment executive Michael Eisner is 72. Actor John Heard is 68. Rock singer Peter Wolf is 68. Pro Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris is 64. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Lynn Swann is 62. R&B singer-musician Ernie Isley (Isley Brothers) is 62. Actor Bryan Cranston is 58. Tennis Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl is 54. Comedian Wanda Sykes is 50. Actor Peter Sarsgaard is 43. Actress Rachel Weisz is 43. Actress Jenna Fischer is 40. Actress Laura Prepon is 34.

In 1793, during the French Revolutionary Wars, France declared war on Spain.


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

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In 1926, the first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversations took place between New York and London.

In 1936, Adolf Hitler ordered his troops to march into the Rhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact.

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 what came to be known as ‘‘Bloody Sunday.’’

In 1999, director Stanley Kubrick died in Hertfordshire, England, at age 70.