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March 6, 2014 / 4 AdarII 5774
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- 161 – Emperor Antoninus Pius dies and is succeeded by his adoptive sons Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus.
- 238 – Roman subjects in Africa revolt against Maximinus Thrax and elect Gordian I as emperor.
- 321 – Emperor Constantine I decrees that the dies Solis Invicti (sun-day) is the day of rest in the Empire.
- 1277 – Stephen Tempier, bishop of Paris, condemns 219 philosophical and theological theses.
- 1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte captures Jaffa in Palestine and his troops proceed to kill more than 2,000 Albanian captives.
- 1814 – Emperor Napoleon I of France wins the Battle of Craonne.
- 1827 – Shrigley Abduction: Ellen Turner is abducted by Edward Gibbon Wakefield, a future politician in colonial New Zealand.
- 1850 – Senator Daniel Webster gives his "Seventh of March" speech endorsing the Compromise of 1850 in order to prevent a possible civil war.
- 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for an invention he calls the telephone.
- 1900 – The German liner SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse becomes the first ship to send wireless signals to shore.
- 1912 – Roald Amundsen announces that his expedition had reached the South Pole on December 14, 1911.
- 1936 – World War II (Prelude to): In violation of the Locarno Pact and the Treaty of Versailles, Germany reoccupies the Rhineland.
- 1945 – World War II: American troops seize the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine River at Remagen.
- 1950 – Cold War: The Soviet Union issues a statement denying that Klaus Fuchs served as a Soviet spy.
- 1951 – Korean War: Operation Ripper – United Nations troops led by General Matthew Ridgeway begin an assault against Chinese forces.
- 1965 – Bloody Sunday: A group of 600 civil rights marchers are forcefully broken up in Selma, Alabama.
- 1968 – Vietnam War: The United States and South Vietnamese military begin Operation Truong Cong Dinh to root out Viet Cong forces from the area surrounding Mỹ Tho.
- 1985 – The song "We Are the World" receives its international release.
- 1986 – Challenger Disaster: Divers from the USS Preserver locate the crew cabin of Challenger on the ocean floor.
- 1989 – Iran and the United Kingdom break diplomatic relations after a row over Salman Rushdie and his controversial novel, The Satanic Verses.
- 1994 – Copyright Law: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.
- 2006 – The terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba coordinates a series of bombings in Varanasi, India.
- 2009 – The Real Irish Republican Army kills two British soldiers and two civilians, the first British military deaths in Northern Ireland since The Troubles.
- 189 – Publius Septimius Geta, Roman emperor (d. 211)
- 1481 – Baldassare Peruzzi, Italian architect and painter (d. 1537)
- 1556 – Guillaume du Vair, French lawyer and author (d. 1621)
- 1663 – Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1745)
- 1671 – Rob Roy MacGregor, Scottish outlaw (d. 1734)
- 1678 – Filippo Juvarra, Italian architect, designed the Basilica of Superga (d. 1736)
- 1765 – Nicéphore Niépce, French inventor, invented photography (d. 1833)
- 1788 – Antoine César Becquerel, French physicist (d. 1878)
- 1792 – John Herschel, English mathematician and astronomer (d. 1871)
- 1837 – Henry Draper, American physician and astronomer (d. 1882)
- 1875 – Maurice Ravel, French composer (d. 1937)
- 1885 – Milton Avery, American painter (d. 1965)
- 1946 – Matthew Fisher, English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Procol Harum)
- 1946 – Peter Wolf, American singer-songwriter (The J. Geils Band)
- 1952 – Viv Richards, Caribbean cricketer
- 1970 – Rachel Weisz, English actress
- 1994 – An-Sophie Mestach, Belgian tennis player
- 2009 – Prince Umberto of Savoy-Aosta
- 161 – Antoninus Pius, Roman emperor (b. 86)
- 308 – Saint Eubulus, Israeli martyr
- 413 – Heraclianus, Roman usurper
- 1274 – Saint Thomas Aquinas, Italian priest and philosopher (b. 1225)
- 1625 – Johann Bayer, German lawyer and cartographer (b. 1572)
- 1999 – Stanley Kubrick, American director, screenwriter, and producer (b. 1928)
- 2013 – Kenny Ball, English trumpet player (b. 1930)
- 2013 – Peter Banks, English guitarist and songwriter (Yes, The Syn, and Flash) (b. 1947)