March 2-Texas is Free!, Kong took over.

1836 - TEXAS DECLARED ITS INDEPENDENCE FROM MEXICO.

1877 - Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote and was just one electoral vote shy of victory.

1897 - For some reason, President Cleveland vetoed legislation that would have required a literacy test for immigrants.

1917 - The Jones Act passed and PUERTO RICO BECAME A U.S. TERRITORY giving Puerto Ricans U.S. citizenship.

1923 - "Time" magazine began publication.

1933 - "King Kong", starring Fay Wray, had its world premiere at Radio City Music Hall.

1944 - "Casablanca" won Best Picture at the 16th annual Academy Awards.

1951 - The East beat the West, 111-to-94, in the first NBA All-Star Game.  It was held at the Boston Garden, and some dude named Ed Macauley from the Boston Celtics was the MVP.

1962 - Wilt Chamberlin set the single game NBA scoring record when he scored 100 points against the New York Knicks.

1963 - Desi Arnaz married his second wife, Edith Mack Hirsch, on his 46th birthday.  They stayed together until her death in 1985.  Desi died a year later of lung cancer.

1967 - At the ninth annual Grammy Awards, The Beatles won Best Song for "Michelle" and Frank Sinatra won Best Album for "Sinatra:  A Man and His Music"

1970 - The Supreme Court ruled that "Draft Dodgers" cannot be penalized after five years.

1974 - Stevie Wonder won five Grammys for his LP "Innervisions", including Best Album.  "Killing Me Softly With His Song" by Roberta Flack took Best Record.  Bette Midler was the Best New Artist.

1975 - After pulling over a late-model Lincoln Continental for running a red light, the Los Angeles Po-lice DETECTED THE SMELL OF MARIJUANA AND ARRESTED LINDA MCCARTNEY for having six to eight ounces of the reefer in her pocketbook!

(--Paul was driving, but was not charged with personal possession.)

1983 - Compact Disc players and discs were released for the first time in the U.S.

1984 - "This Is Spinal Tap" opened in U.S. theaters!

1988 - U2's "The Joshua Tree" won the Grammy for Best Album;  "Graceland" by Paul Simon won Best Record;  and Jody Watley was named Best New Artist.  The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Ray Charles.

1989 - The Exxon Houston ran aground and spilled 117,000 gallons of oil in Hawaii.

1996 - "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men hit its 14th week at #1 and tied the record for most weeks spent at #1 on "Billboard's" Hot 100 Singles Chart which was held by "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston and "I'll Make Love To You" by Boyz II Men.

1998 - A New Jersey state appeals court ruled that the Boy Scouts of America had discriminated against an assistant scoutmaster when they fired him for being gay.

1999 - Dusty Springfield died of cancer at the age of 59 just 11 days before her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.