March 3

1845

Florida became the 27th state in the United States.

1845

The U.S. Senate passed legislation overriding a presidential veto for the first time.

1875

Georges Bizet's opera Carmen debuted in Paris, to cool audience reception and panned by critics.

1879

Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood became the first woman lawyer to be admitted to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States.

1918

Germany, Austria, and Russia signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk.

1931

The "Star-Spangled Banner" was adopted as the national anthem.

1991

Rodney King's vicious beating by Los Angeles police officers was caught on videotape.

2000

Former dictator Augusto Pinochet returned to Chile after being detained in Britain on torture charges.

2003

New embassies opened in Kenya and Tanzania, to replace those lost in the 1998 terrorist bombings.

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