Day in History: Late States to Ratify Bill of Rights; Wilt's 100; King Kong; Casablanca; Beatles; Dusty Springfield

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Today in History
Today is Sunday, March 2, the 61st day of 2014. There are 304 days left in the year.
Today's in History:
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In 1836, the Republic of Texas formally declared its independence from Mexico.
In 1861, the state of Texas, having seceded from the Union, was admitted to the Confederacy.
In 1877, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote.
In 1917, Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship as President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act.
In 1942, the original Stage Door Canteen, a wartime club for U.S. servicemen, officially opened its doors in New York's Broadway theater district.
In 1951, the East beat the West, 111-94, in the first NBA All-Star Game, which took place at Boston Garden.
In 1972, the United States launched the Pioneer 10 space probe, which flew past Jupiter in late 1973, sending back images and scientific data.
In 1989, representatives from the 12 European Community nations agreed to ban all production of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) by the end of the 20th century.
In 2004, A series of coordinated blasts in Iraq killed 181 people at shrines in Karbala and Baghdad as thousands of Shiite Muslim pilgrims gathered for a religious festival. Former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers was charged with falsifying the books at the long-distance company; his chief financial officer, Scott Sullivan, pleaded guilty to fraud and agreed to testify against him. (Ebbers was later convicted of conspiracy and fraud and is serving a 25-year federal prison sentence; Sullivan was released from prison in 2009 after serving four years of a five-year sentence.)
Today's Birthdays: Author Tom Wolfe is 84. Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev is 83. Actress Laraine Newman is 62. Singer Jay Osmond is 59. Pop musician John Cowsill (The Cowsills) is 58. Tennis player Kevin Curren is 56. Country singer Larry Stewart (Restless Heart) is 55. Rock singer Jon Bon Jovi is 52. Actor Daniel Craig is 46.
Thought for Today: "Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It's more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack." -- Theodor Seuss Geisel (GY'-zuhl), AKA "Dr. Seuss," American children's author (born this date in 1904, died 1991).

in entertainment, on March 2 -

In 1944, Jennifer Jones was named best actress for her role in "The Song of Bernadette." Paul Lukas won best actor award for "Watch on the Rhine." John Ford's classic Western "Stagecoach," starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne, opened in New York.
In 1967, Frank Sinatra's "Strangers In The Night" was named Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards. The Song of the Year award went to John Lennon and Paul McCartney for "Michelle."
In 1988, Paul Simon won record of the year for "Graceland," the first time a winning record did not hit the top 40. U2's "The Joshua Tree" won album of the year. Little Richard got a standing ovation for announcing himself as winner for best new artist and complaining the Grammys never gave him anything.
In 1989, Madonna's Pepsi commercial premiered on TV. It was set to her new single "Like A Prayer." The ad was pulled a few days later because of its controversial religious images.
In 1992, actress Sandy Dennis died in Connecticut at age 54.
In 2006, singer Gary Glitter was convicted of obscene acts with two young Vietnamese girls. He was sentenced to prison.