Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March 7 in History

March 7 is the 67th day of the year. There are 299 days remaining until the end of the year. 
  • 1765 – Nicephore Niepce, French inventor of photography, was born. He died in 1833.
  • 1849 – Luther Burbank, American botanist, was born. He died in 1926. He developed the Shasta daisy, the Fire poppy, the July Elberta peach, the Santa Rosa plum, the Flaming Gold nectarine, the Wickson plum, the Freestone peach, and the white blackberry.
  • 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell was granted the first patent for the telephone.
  • 1900 – The German liner SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse became the first ship to send wireless signals to shore.
  • 1912 – Roald Amundsen announced his expedition had reached the South Pole on December 14,1911.
  • 1965 – A march of 600 civil rights advocates was forcefully broken up in Selma, Alabama.
  • 1986 – Divers from the USS Preserver located the crew cabin of Challenger on the ocean floor.
  • 1994 – The US Supreme Court ruled that  parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.
  • 2007 – The British House of Commons voted to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, entirely elected.
  • 2009 – The Kepler space observatory, designed to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars, was launched.

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