There’s three sides to every story: there’s the history you were taught in school, the history the revisionist dig up and the truth.

Thursday March 5th

1512: Gerardus Mercator (REPR 1512-1594) Flemish cartographer Mercator projection.

1574: William Oughtred (PARL 1574-1660) English mathematician who invented the slide rule.

1595: William Blaxton (PUR 1595-1675) the first settler of Boston.

1616: Copernican theory is declared false and erroneous by the Church.

1770: Boston Massacre.

1824: James Ives (GILD 1824-1895) accountant Currier and Ives.

1853: Howard Pyle (PROG 1853-1911) teacher/illustrator of the Brandywine School.

1870: Frank Norris (MISS 1870-1902) author The Octopus (1901).

1871: Rosa Luxemburg (MISS 1871-1919) Polish/German Marxist revolutionary co-founder of the Spartacus League.

1872: George Westinghouse patents railroad air brakes.

1876: Édouard Belin (MISS 1876-1963) French inventor of an early fax machine (1907).

1896: Yip Harburg (LOST 1896-1981) Popular song lyricist Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, April in Paris, Over the Rainbow.

1908: Rex Harrison (GI 1908-1990) actor The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), Cleopatra (1963), My Fair Lady (1964), Doctor Dolittle (1967).

1918: John Billings (1918-2007) Australian physician who pioneered the natural method of family planning known as the Billings Method.

1922: Annie Oakley broke the records for women’s trap shooting smashing 98 out of 100 clay targets.

1933: Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote in German parliamentary elections, enabling it to join with the Nationalists to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.

1940: In the Katyn Massacre the Soviet Politburo had 25,700 Poles executed.
1953: Josef Stalin dies.

1955: Penn Jillette (BOOM 1955- ) magician Penn and Teller.

1963: Country music singer Patsy Cline dies in a plane crash near Camden, Tenn.

1960: Elvis Presley is discharged from the army.

1982: Comedian John Belushi is found dead of a drug overdose.

2004: Martha Stewart is convicted of perjury and obstructing justice.

2010: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is released.