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Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Today in history—March 2

1705: William Murray, 1st earl of Mansfield and future Chief Justice of England, is born at Scone, Scotland.

1793: Lawyer Samuel Houston is born in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He will be the only person to serve as governor of two different U.S. states, not to mention president of a foreign country.

1807: Congress passes a bill to prohibit the importation of slaves into the United States.

1836: At a wooden cabin in Washington-on-the-Brazos, delegates enact the Texas Declaration of Independence.

1904: Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel is born at Springfield, Massachusetts. He will first gain fame as an ad writer for Flit insecticide—his "Quick, Henry, the Flit!"will be the "Where’s the beef?" of the 1920s.

1917: The Jones-Shafroth Act grants U.S. citizenship to residents of Puerto Rico.

1917: Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III is born in Santiago, Cuba. With his wife Lucille Ball, he will not only found Desilu Studios, but will invent the TV rerun.

1926: Anarcho-capitalist thinker Murray Newton Rothbard is born in the Bronx, New York.

1949: Singer Edward Joseph Mahoney is born in Brooklyn, New York. He won’t become successful, though, until he changes his last name to "Money."

1965: A new page in promissory estoppel opens as the Wisconsin Supreme Court decides Hoffman v. Red Owl Stores.

1987: America's Number 4 carmaker ceases to exist when Chrysler acquires American Motors, which never managed to get a government bail-out.

2004: Angry about what they consider unfair tax burdens on businesses, voters in Killington, Vermont, vote to secede from the state and join New Hampshire.

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