Historical Events for 3rd March 2024

1845 – Florida becomes 27th state of the Union
1893 – US Congress authorizes 1st federal road agency, in Department of Agriculture
1931 – “The Star-Spangled Banner” officially becomes US national anthem by congressional resolution; lyrics by Francis Scott Key in 1814, set to John Stafford Smith’s 18th century tune “The Anacreontic Song”
1943 – Bethnal Green Tube disaster: 173 die in a stampede sheltering in an air raid, UK’s greatest loss of civilian life in WWII (details censored till January 20 1945)
1943 – Battle of the Bismarck Sea: Australian and American air forces devastate Japanese navy convoy
1950 – National-American Football League reverts to calling itself the NFL after 3 months
1959 – British government arrests Hastings Banda of Nyasaland, ends emergency crisis
1978 – 1st day of Test cricket for Desmond Haynes (WI v Australia)
1980 – Pierre Trudeau sworn in, for the second time, as the 17th Prime Minister of Canada
2004 – Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazilian rival AmBev agreed to merge in a $11.2 billion deal forming InBev, the world’s largest brewer

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