Today in History - March 6

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Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams steps up to the bat to take his first batting practice of the season at the Sox's spring training camp in Sarasota, Fla., with all eyes and lenses fixed on him, March 6, 1950. Catcher is Matty Batts, left. (AP Photo/Bill Chaplis)

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A row of shops with collapsed roofs in the Mekong Delta city of Vinh Long are shown in this aerial view from March 6, 1968. A fire, started during the early days of the Tet Offensive in early February caused the collapse. The economy of the once prosperous delta town has also collapsed and very little produce is able to move in from the countryside. It is estimated that roughly 50 percent of the city was destroyed during the fighting, much damage being cause by American and Vietnamese aircraft in an attempt to weed out the Viet Cong from their positions. (AP Photo/Dang Van Phuoc)

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Perry Klein poses with his amateur radio equipment at his Bethesda, Md., home, March 6, 1960. Klein, a senior in high school, and Rafael Soifer of New York, both amateur radio operators, have been credited by MIT as having conducted probably the world's first successful two-way radio communication with the aid of artificial satellites. They reported last month that they sent and received coded signals between their homes by bouncing signals off the ionized trails left by satellites. (AP Photo/Byron Rollins)

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With Rep. Clark W. Thompson of Texas watching, President John F. Kennedy signs a House resolution setting U.S. rice acreages in the White House, Washington on March 6, 1962. (AP Photo/John Rous)

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Charley Baumann, tiger trainer, “the man fear forgot,” as he puts his head in the tiger’s mouth in New York on March 6, 1970. He began as the fellow who sweeps out the animals’ cages; then, one day he came to the rescue when the lions attacked their trainer, and next day was the new trainer. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff)

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Nearing the end of a big job, naturalist Rainer H. Brocke puts together a 12 foot old dugout canoe at the Kensington Nature Center in suburban Detroit, Michigan March 6, 1961. He uses strips of tin and glue to hold in place the hundreds of crumbling pieces of wood which he fitted into place like a giant jigsaw puzzle. The dugout, made in 1880, once belonged to a Potawatomi chief. (AP Photo)

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A meeting of the Ogala Sioux tribal council at Pine Ridge on the tribe’s reservation in southwestern South Dakota March 6, 1956. Some of the council’s 29 members are seated at the two tables in the center. Behind the are Indian visitors reservation. At the table in front are two of the five members of the council’s executive committee and Congressman E.Y. Berry (R-S.L.) (back to camera above man at bottom right.) Berry discussed a bill he introduced in Congress last year, on which the Sioux pin hopes for a better life. It would provide $13,426,000 for a rehabilitation program for the reservation. And in addition would give $3,500 to each of 125 families ousted from their homes on the reservation in 1942. They were put out when the land was taken over by the Air Force for an aerial gunnery range. Most of the families are still homeless and poverty-stricken. Later the land, comprising some of the reservation’s beat hay meadows, was leased to white ranchers. (AP Photo/EN)

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The Plaza Cervantes, in downtown Manila on March 6, 1945, after Japanese had destroyed it. Streets are clean because U.S. forces had cleared the area of land mines. (AP Photo/Frank Filan)

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Congresswomen serving at the Washington, D.C., Stage Door Canteen, March 6, 1944 are, left to right (background): Rep. Margaret Chase Smith (R-Me.), Rep. Frances P. Bolton (R-Ohio), Rep. Jessie Summer (R-Ill.), and Rep. Edith Nourse Rogers (R-N.J.). Servicemen in the foreground are, left to right: Seaman John E. Hercox, Monon, Ind.; Pvt. Howard Besnia, Worcester, Mass.; and Cpl. Walter Simcich, McKees Rocks, PA. (AP Photo)

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A wounded soldier of the 37th Division is carried through the rubble that was once Manila’s finest residential district, to a dressing station by his comrades on March 6, 1945. He was wounded in the fighting to gain control of the High Commissioner’s residence on Dewey Boulevard. The street shown is Calle M.H. del Pilar. (AP Photo/Frank Filan)

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A British minelayer the “A Pollo” during at offensive lay in enemy waters. To carry out their dangerous task, minelayers must work close to the enemy coast, at times under the nose of coastal batteries and through enemy defense minefields. The mines are finally checked, March 6, 1945. (AP Photo)

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A German civilian with his wife and son surrender to American troops in Irsch, near Trier, Germany on March 6, 1945. To make doubly sure no harm would come to him or his family the old man carried a piece of the family white linen tied to the end of a stick. (AP Photo)

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Marines mopping up Island of Saipan, throw a hand Grenade into a cave on March 6, 1945, with hopes that if there is anyone in there they will surrender. (AP Photo)

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Elmer Davis (center, wearing glasses) shows newsmen and women examples of Axis propaganda magazines in Washington, March 6, 1943. He said that the Office of War Information's foreign propaganda file was dwarfed by similar Axis activity. (AP Photo)

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These German dive bombers shown March 6, 1943 were among Axis forces that tried to repel the Americans at the Battle of Sened, January 31- February 2. The Nazi planes did considerable damage to U.S., tanks, but the American forces kept coming and occupied the strategically important. Although tiny, station of Sened, enemy evacuated the place and the Americans entered on February 2. On the same day, however, the U.S., forces were given orders to withdraw. (AP Photo)

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Sam Jackson of Associated Press interviews Robert Clauson, an adventurous yachtsman on March 6, 1942. Location unknown. (AP Photo/Jack Rice)

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Ray Peacock of Associated Press and lunch room proprietor on March 6, 1942. Location unknown. (AP Photo)

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Steel walls of this maginot line gun turret near Strasbourg, France on March 6, 1941, retain German shells that struck them. (AP Photo)

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These two are members of the Auxiliary Territorial Service Military Police in England, on March 6, 1942. They wear red caps like their brothers in the army, and distinguishing armlets on which are marked the letters M.P. Auxiliary Territorial Service Military Police went on duty for the first time on February 10. (AP Photo)

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Freddie Harrison, six years old, holds his three-year-old sister, Mary, whom he extricated with another sister from beneath a pile of bricks, March 6, 1941, when a German bomb smashed their London home while the little girls were in bed. (AP Photo)

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Queen Elizabeth, right, makes an inspection at the Womens Voluntary Services headquarters in London, March 6, 1941, of clothing sent from New Zealand. Behind the Queen is Mrs. William J. Jordan, wife of the New Zealand high commissioner. (AP Photo)

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A school building after a Nazi air raid in Cardiff, Wales on March 6, 1941. (AP Photo/Staff/Worth)

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Scottish Home Guards trudge along with their equipment high above a Northern Loch on their way to set up a defense position during exercises, somewhere in Scotland, March 6, 1941. (AP Photo)

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Among the many big guns waiting to deal and destruction to the enemy should he attempt an invasion are huge twelve-inch howitzers on railway mountings, March 6, 1941. They fire a shell weighing a third of a ton. The big gun ready for action. (AP Photo)

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A banquet was given in honour of the Crown Prince of Iran at the Semiramis Hotel, Cairo, by the Premier of Egypt, Mohammed Mahmoud Pasha on March 6. The Crown Prince is to marry Princess Fawzia, the sister of King Farouk in Cairo on March 16. The Egyptian Premier, Mohammed Mahmoud Pasha, left, the Crown Prince of Iran, center, and Mme Mohammed Maumoud Bey Khalil, right, the wife of the President of the Egyptian senate at the banquet in Cairo, on March 6, 1939. (AP Photo)

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President Sam Breadon of the St. Louis Cardinals shakes hands with President Jose Barnet of Cuba in Havana on March 6, 1936. Breadon accompanied the Redbirds for a series of exhibition games with two Havana teams. (AP Photo)

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Aerial view of the new Olympic Stadium being built for the XI Olympic Games, in Berlin, Germany, March 6, 1936. (AP Photo)

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Two New York policemen keeping a girl on the move during the “Red” demonstration against unemployment in New York, USA on March 6, 1930. (AP Photo)

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Nazi troops parade through the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, March 6, 1933, as part of the Steel Helmet Parade. Bands and troops paraded through the capital during the elections. (AP Photo)

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Theodore Gold, 23, left, victim in a dynamite explosion of a Greenwich Village townhouse March 6, is shown at a press conference of SDS members, Aug. 19, 1969 in New York. Young women to the right of Gold are Bernardine Dohrn and Cathy Boudin. (AP Photo)

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Firefighters work at extinguishing a fire at 18 West 11th Street in the Greenwich Village section of New York, which was rocked by three explosions, March 6, 1970. The first blast touched off the fire just before noon, and two more explosions occurred after the arrival of firefighters at the two-alarm blaze in the four-story townhouse. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

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U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, left, sits in the witness chair to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., March 6, 1962. Powers was shot down May 1, 1960 when he flew his U-2 spy plane over Soviet territory. The committee is meeting in the Caucus Room of the Old Senate Office building. (AP Photo)

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U.S. infantrymen put on burst of speed to cross muddy rice paddy under North Vietnamese fire in Vietnam on March 6, 1967. Reconnaissance platoon of the 1st Air Cavalry Division met heavy fire on reaching the clearing during search for the enemy in groves along the South Vietnam coast some 10 miles southeast of Bong Son. (AP Photo)

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Singer Josephine Baker poses in her dressing room at the Strand Theater in New York City on March 6, 1961. Baker is co-starring with French orchestra leader and husband, Jo Bouillion. Her last appearance in New York was 1937 in "The Ziegfeld Follies." (AP Photo)

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The Duchess of Kent, seated center on dais, reads a message from the Queen of England in the Parliament House at Accra, Ghana, on March 6, 1957. Ghana, British colony known as the Gold Coast, is the first black African nation to gain independence from colonial rule. Seated at right is the Governor General Sir Charles Noble Arden-Clarke and at far right is Lady Arden-Clarke. (AP Photo)

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Jane Martin remains seated and "gets her filing done" using the "Corresfile" electric/hydraulic lift and circular file system at the Office and Management Association's 11th Annual Seminar and Business Show in Chicago, Ill., March 6, 1953. The electrically operated hydraulic lift raises a person from floor level to five feet alongside a circular file. The circular file has six shelves and each holds the equivalent of three file drawers. The Corresfile is an innovation of the Wassell Organization of Westport, Conn. (AP Photo/Edward Kitch)

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Civilians are lined up against front of shop and searched for arms by British troops in Nicosia, Cyprus on March 6, 1956. Colonial secretary Alan Lennoxboyd told the British house of commons in London March 5 the government will crack down to restore order on the Island. He made statement after reporting the collapse of negotiations with Archbishop Makarrios, leader of the Greek-Speaking Cypriot majority which wants union with Greece. Fifty thousand British troops are stationed on Cyprus. Britain’s last military bastion in the Middle East. (AP Photo)

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A pontoon bridge built by the 14th engineers of the 1st Cavalry Division across the Han River near Seoul on the western front nears completion on March 6, 1951. Two days later it was in service as U.S. forces launched an attack across the river. (AP Photo/Jim Pringle)

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Female trainees of the Los Angeles Police Department get used to firing their newly issued revolvers in Los Angeles, Calif., March 6, 1948. These future policewomen seem intent on making a good score at the police pistol range. (AP Photo/DAB)

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Whittaker Chambers, former self-styled Communist and resigned magazine editor, in the corridor leading to the US Federal Court, New York, March 6, 1949, where he is a leading witness in the Alger Hiss perjury trial. (AP Photo)

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Jackie Robinson, first baseman of the Brooklyn Dodgers, returns an autograph book to a fan in the stands, during the Dodgers' spring training in Ciudad Trujillo, now Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, on March 6, 1948. (AP Photo)

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Fires were started and considerable damage was caused when bombs fell on Pall Mall, in London, on March 6, 1944, after a recent raid. (AP Photo)

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A general view of "Rex", king of the New Orleans Mardi Gras parade, leads the way through thousands of revelers packed in the streets, March 6, 1946. The float is about to turn from St. Charles Avenue into Canal Street. (AP Photo)

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As part of the Wings for Victory exhibition in London there will be on view an 8,000lb bomb, similar to those that were dropped on Berlin by the Royal Air Force devastating attack on the German capital. This will be the first occasion on which this monster bomb has been on view anywhere. The 8,000lb bomb, contrasted with a 500lb bomb,on its arrival in London, March 6, 1943 prior to being prepared for exhibition. (AP Photo)

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The scene of utter devastation seen on Ordynacka Street in Warsaw, Poland on March 6, 1940. Carcase of the dead horse lying with enormous riles of debris in the roadway. (AP Photo)

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As part of the Wings for Victory exhibition in London there will be on view an 8,000lb bomb, similar to those that were dropped on Berlin by the Royal Air Force devastating attack on the German capital. This will be the first occasion on which this monster bomb has been on view anywhere. The 8,000lb bomb, contrasted with a 500lb bomb,on its arrival in London, March 6, 1943 prior to being prepared for exhibition. (AP Photo)

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The biggest parade of auxiliary firemen yet seen in this country was staged here when 2,000 volunteers under the local air-raid precautions scheme were inspected by Geoffrey Lloyd, Under Secretary at the Home Office in London. Firemen in fire fighting and anti-gas uniform at the Birmingham, England, parade, on March 6, 1938. (AP Photo)

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Amelia Earhart, left, and Capt. Harry Manning, her navigator, check instruments in the plane she?ll use on around the world flight scheduled to start March 15, March 6, 1937, Los Angeles, Calif. Capt. Manning will accompany her across the Pacific to Australia. (AP Photo)

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Amelia Earhart Putnam and her husband George Palmer Putnam display two kites as they stand in front of Earhart's twin-engine Lockheed Electra in Oakland, Calif., on March 6, 1937, ten days prior to her projected flight around the world. Earhart plans to fly these kites as distress signals to aid searchers in finding her, should she be forced down during her adventure. (AP Photo)

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Germany's new giant airship LZ-129 Hindenburg is shown in its final stages of construction in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on March 6, 1936. Piloted by Dr. Hugo Eckener, the new zeppelin was given two successful test flights on March 4 and 5. The Hindenburg, named after the president who appointed Hitler as Chancellor, is twice the size of the Graf Zeppelin to reflect the surpassing ability of the Third Reich. (AP Photo)

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A fire-boat pours tons of water into the blazing hold of the steamer City of Montgomery in New York City, March 6, 1934. The steamer, listing badly from the amount of water poured into the hold, arrived in the harbor after a dramatic race up the Atlantic coast. Her 33 passengers had been discharged. (AP Photo)

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Gene Sarazen, left, Tommy Armour, center, and Walter Hagen are shown during the Florida year-round club open golf tournament in Miami, Fla., March 6, 1933. (AP Photo)

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt, with his son James, attend the state funeral for Sen. Thomas J. Walsh, March 6, 1933, who was to have been Attorney General in his cabinet. First lady Eleanor Roosevelt is seen at right. (AP Photo)

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An enormous Republican demonstration against the Nazis and for Hindenburg takes place on the Berlin Lustgarten, March 6, 1932. The immense crowd in front of the Berlin dome. (AP Photo)

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William Wrigley, Jr., wealthy Chicago chewing gum magnate, and owner of Santa Catalina Island, 25 miles off Los Angeles Harbor, displays a camphor wood chest fashioned out of a beheading block taken from the Chinese pirate junk, Ming Po (Peaceful Wave), March 6, 1931. Belying the pacific English interpretation of its name, the Ming Po, built in 1753, was famous as a smuggler on the Yellow Sea. More than 150 Chinese pirates died aboard it before its illegal activities were ended. (AP Photo)

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Miss Ruth Nichols, the society girl of Rye, N.Y., who is one of the pioneer women of the air, at the Jersey City Airport, on March 6, 1931 on her attempt to break the altitude record which proved unofficially successful, now held by Miss Elinor Smith of long Island. Soaring higher and higher in her swift wasp-motored Lockheed Vega cabin monoplane until completely invisible to the naked eye, Miss Nichols attained altitude of 30,045 bettering the woman’s record by 2,627 feet. Photo shows Miss Nichols after her altitude flight. (AP Photo)

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More than 60,000 people crowded into Union Square, New York City, March 6, 1930, in answer to the Communist call for a demonstration against unemployment. Police took elaborate precautions to prevent trouble, but disturbances occured in which five people required hospital treatment. Photo shows part of the crowd. (AP Photo)

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Barney Dreyfuss, owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates and dean of Major League Baseball magnates, arrives at Los Angeles harbor to watch the Buccaneers at spring training, March 6, 1929. (AP Photo)

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American racing driver Warren Wilbur Shaw, in his car Miss Whippet, on Daytona Beach, USA, March 6, 1928. (AP Photo)

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