Today in History
Today is Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year.
On March 9 -
In 1661, Cardinal Jules Mazarin, the chief minister of France, died, leaving King Louis XIV in full control.
In 1796, the future emperor of the French, Napoleon Bonaparte, married Josephine de Beauharnais (boh-ahr-NAY'). (The couple later divorced.)
In 1933, Congress, called into special session by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, began its "hundred days" of enacting New Deal legislation.
In 1945, during World War II, U.S. B-29 bombers launched incendiary bomb attacks against Japan, resulting in an estimated 100,000 deaths.
In 1964, the first Ford Mustang, a Wimbledon White convertible, rolled off the production line in Dearborn, Mich. (Instead of being kept by Ford Motor Co., the car was mistakenly sold to Canadian airline pilot Stanley Tucker, who later agreed to trade it back to Ford in exchange for the one-millionth Mustang.)
In 1977, about a dozen armed Hanafi Muslims invaded three buildings in Washington, D.C., killing one person and taking more than 130 hostages. (The siege ended two days later.)
In 1989, the Senate rejected President George H.W. Bush's nomination of John Tower to be defense secretary by a vote of 53-47. (The next day, Bush tapped Wyoming Rep. Dick Cheney, who went on to win unanimous Senate approval.)
In 1994, the U.N. Human Rights Commission condemned anti-Semitism, putting the world body on record for the first time as opposing discrimination against Jews.
In entertainment history –
On March 9
In 1969, the Smothers Brothers' TV show was canceled by CBS following a controversy over remarks made by Joan Baez. The brothers had refused to censor comments about her husband, who was going to jail for objecting to the draft.
In 1974, Bad Company performed its first concert in England. The band was made up of former members of Free, King Crimson and Mott the Hoople.
Also in 1974, the Grand Ole Opry put on its last Saturday night show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
In 1976, Who drummer Keith Moon collapsed on stage during a concert in Boston. The incident briefly halted the band's tour.
In 1987, U2 released their album "The Joshua Tree."
In 1993, winners of People's Choice awards included actors Tim Allen, Candice Bergen, Kevin Costner and Whoopi Goldberg. Garth Brooks and Whitney Houston were named favorite male and female musical performers. Alabama won in the favorite musical group category.
In 1995, Scott Amedure a talk-show guest on "The Jenny Jones Show," was shot to death by Jonathan Schmitz, a friend who also appeared on the show. Schmitz had been surprised three days earlier during the taping of the show about secret admirers when Amedure admitted he had a crush on Schmitz. The show never aired.
In 1996, comedian George Burns died at the age of 100.
In 1997, gangsta rapper The Notorious B.I.G. (real name: Christopher Wallace) was killed in a still-unsolved drive-by shooting in Los Angeles; he was 24.
Sheila MacRae of 'Honeymooners' fame dies at 92
ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- Sheila MacRae has starred on the Broadway stage and in film. Yet, it's her small-screen role as the tolerant and brassy wife of a Brooklyn bus driver for which she is most remembered.
MacRae, best known for playing Alice Kramden to Jackie Gleason's Ralph in the 1960s re-creation of "The Honeymooners," died Thursday. She was 92.
Her family says the actress died at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J.
MacRae replaced Audrey Meadows as Alice Kramden in a later version of "The Honeymooners" from 1966-70 on "The Jackie Gleason Show." She was the last survivor from the `60s Gleason show.
Actress Heather MacRae says her mother referred to herself as "the last Mrs. Kramden."
MacRae suffered from dementia but was otherwise in good health. Her daughter says she had been hospitalized for a minor surgical procedure. Her death came suddenly Thursday night, apparently the result of old age.