Today is Monday, March 5, the 64th day of 2018. There are 301 days left in the year.
On March 5, 1868, the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson began in the U.S. Senate, with Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase presiding. Johnson, the first U.S. president to be impeached, was accused of "high crimes and misdemeanors" stemming from his attempt to fire Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; the trial ended on May 26 with Johnson's acquittal.
In 1770, the Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers who'd been taunted by a crowd of colonists opened fire, killing five people.
In 1927, "The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place," the last Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was published in the U.S. in Liberty Magazine.
In 1933, in German parliamentary elections, the Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote; the Nazis joined with a conservative nationalist party to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.
In 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, in which he said: "From Stettin in the Baltic, to Trieste in the Adriatic, an 'iron curtain' has descended across the continent, allowing police governments to rule Eastern Europe."
In 1953, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died after three decades in power.
In 1963, country music performers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins died in the crash of their plane, a Piper Comanche, near Camden, Tennessee, along with pilot Randy Hughes (Cline's manager). The investigation determined that Hughes, a non-instrument-rated pilot, attempted visual flight in adverse weather conditions, resulting in disorientation and subsequent loss of control.
In 1982, comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in a bungalow in Hollywood; he was 33.
Birthdays: Singer Eddy Grant is 70. Rock musician Alan Clark (Dire Straits) is 66. Actress-comedian Marsha Warfield is 64. Magician Penn Jillette is 63. Rock singer twins Charlie and Craig Reid (The Proclaimers) are 56.
Thought for Today: "Boredom is the root of all evil -- the despairing refusal to be oneself." -- Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (1813-1855).