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Today in History-March 5 Elvis leaves Army, Colt makes first handgun

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March 5th was the day in history when…

1960: Elvis Presley ended his stint in the Army. The singer was drafted in 1958. He was offered special tours if he joined the Navy or Air Force but Presley didn’t want any special treatment. While he may have been “The King” of rock and roll, in the Army Presley was just an ordinary private. He was trained as a marksman, went on maneuvers, and even did guard duty. On this date Elvis arrived in the U.S. and held a press conference to announce he had been honorably discharged from the Army.

1946: Winston Churchill gave his famous "Iron Curtain" speech. Churchill had recently been defeated in his bid for reelection as Prime Minister of England. He was invited to give a speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Churchill praised the U.S. as a leader and encouraged America to work with England to secure the safety of the western world. The great orator went on to describe the political climate in the Soviet Union stating, “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent." Many consider this speech as the beginning of the Cold War.

1836: Samuel Colt manufactured the first handgun. Colt did not invent the handgun but rather improved the design created by English gunsmith Elisha Collier. Colt created a revolver with standardized parts that could be interchanged with other guns. This was the first time guns were manufactured on an assembly line. On this date Colt chartered the Patent Arms Manufacturing Company of Paterson, New Jersey.

Famous Birthdays:

1955: Penn Jillette – magician
1936: Dean Stockwell – actor
1908: Rex Harrison – actor
1824: Elisha Harris – U.S., physician/found American Public Health Assoc

Notable People Lost:

1999: Richard Kiley – actor
1990:
Gloria Carter Spann – President Carter's sister
1982
: John Belushi – comedian/actor
1963: Patsy Cline – country singer
1953: Josef V Stalin – Russian Leader

Odd Holidays (There's Always Something to Celebrate!):

Mother - in - Law Day
National Cheese Doodle Day
Eight hour day (or labor day in Australia)

Thought for the day: Why is it that when we "skate on thin ice", we can "get in hot water”?

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