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Rodney King beaten by Los Angeles police – Chicago Tribune


Today is Sunday, March 3, the 63rd day of 2024. There are 303 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On March 3, 1991, driver Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video.

On this date:

In 1791, Congress passed a measure imposing a tax on distilled spirits; It was the first internal revenue bill in U.S. history.

In 1845, Florida became the 27th state.

In 1849, the U.S. Department of the Interior was established.

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed a law establishing the National Academy of Sciences.

“The Star-Spangled Banner” became the national anthem of the United States when President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution in 1931.

In 1943, 173 people died as bodies were crushed to death at Bethnal Green tube station in London’s East End, which was used as a wartime air raid shelter.


In 1960, Lucille Ball filed for divorce from her husband, Desi Arnaz, one day after she finished filming the final episode of “The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show.”

In 1966, actors William Frawley (79) and Alice Pearce (48) died in Hollywood.

In 1969, Apollo 9 took off from Cape Kennedy on a mission to test the lunar module.

In 1974, a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris, killing all 346 people on board.

In 1991, 25 people died when a United Airlines Boeing 737-200 plane crashed while approaching Colorado Springs airport.

In 2013, Vice President Joe Biden led civil rights leaders and national political figures in a ceremonial parade across the Selma, Alabama, bridge where voting rights marchers were beaten by law enforcement in 1965.

In 2017, the Nintendo Switch debuted, a hybrid gaming machine that works as both a console at home and a portable tablet on the go.

In 2018, British athlete Roger Bannister, who became the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes as a medical student, died in Oxford, England, at the age of 88.

In a surprise move in 2020, the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate by half a point to support the economy in the face of the spreading coronavirus; this was the biggest reduction in more than a decade.

In 2022, OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma reached a nationwide settlement over its role in the opioid crisis; Members of the Sackler family, which owns the company, increased their cash contributions to as much as $6 billion in a settlement aimed at halting a series of lawsuits.

Today’s birthdays: Singer-musician Mike Pender (The Searchers) 83. Filmmaker-director George Miller 79. Actor Hattie Winston 79. Singer Jennifer Warnes 77. Actor-director Tim Kazurinsky 74. Singer-musician Robyn Hitchcock 71. Actor Robert Gossett 70. Rock musician John Lilley 70. Actor Miranda Richardson 66. Radio personality Ira Glass 65. Actor Mary Page Keller 63. Olympic track and field gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee 62. Former NFL player and College Football Hall of Famer Herschel Walker is 62 years old. Actor Laura Harring is 60 years old. Contemporary Christian musician Duncan Phillips (Newsboys) is 60. Rapper-actor Tone Loc is 58. Actor Julie Bowen is 54. Country singer Brett Warren (The Warren Brothers) 53. Actor David Faustino 50. Gospel singer Jason Crabb 47. Singer Ronan Keating (Boyzone) 47. Rapper Lil’ Flip 43. Actor Jessica Biel 42. Rock musician Joe “Blower” Garvey ( Hinder) Musician Brett Hite (Frenship) is 38 years old. Pop singer Camila Cabello is 27 years old. Actor Thomas Barbusca (TV: “The Mick”) is 21. Actor Reylynn Caster is 21 years old.


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