Edited by Gerald Boerner


Introductory Comments:

JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumb_thumbWe have seen some major events on March 6th over the past two hundred years. In 1836, this day witnessed the storming of the Alamo by Santa Ana’s forces; the 163 Texian defenders were overwhelmed by the Mexican army and most defenders lost their lives. But the Battle of san Jacinto a short time later would see the Texians win their independence and establish the Republic of Texas. The rallying cry for that latter battle was “Remember the Alamo!” The state of Texas would later make the Spanish Mission in San Antonio a historic site.


Also on this day we received two life and death decisions from our court system. The first, in 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the slave, Dred Scott, did not have grounds to gain freedom for himself or his family. This led to his continued enslavement and fed the fires of the abolitionists. More recently, in 1951, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg would face the court in their trial as spies for the Soviet Union. They were accused of passing nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union during World War II. They would be convicted and executed in 1953.

A milestone in broadcasting was passed in 1981 when Walter Cronkite, the dean of evening news anchors. On this night, Cronkite who had been the anchor of The CBS Evening News for nineteen years would retire his anchor spot. Dan Rather would take over the evening anchor desk. Cronkite was remembered for his ending of each broadcast with the iconic words, “And that’s the way it is: Friday, March 6, 1981.”

We now will proceed to examine some of the events that are associated with day in history... GLB

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Quotations Related to Slavery:

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“Slavery exists. It is black in the South, and white in the North.”
— Andrew Johnson

“Since the days of slavery, if you were a good singer or dancer, it was your job to perform for the master after dinner.”
— Spike Lee

“Slavery can only be abolished by raising the character of the people who compose the nation; and that can be done only by showing them a higher one.”
— Maria W. Chapman

“Should slavery be abolished there, (and it is an event, which, from these circumstances, we may reasonably expect to be produced in time) let it be remembered, that the Quakers will have had the merit of its abolition.”
— Thomas Clarkson

“Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion on man today in many different forms and with an aggressiveness that spares no one. The challenge that is already with us is the temptation to accept as true freedom what in reality is only a new form of slavery.”
— Pope John Paul II

“The North understand it better – they have told us for twenty years that their object was to pen up slavery within its present limits – surround it with a border of free States, and like the scorpion surrounded with fire, they will make it sting itself to death.”
— Robert Toombs


Notable Events of the Day: March 6th…


Noteworthy Events on this Day:

  • In 1836…
    A Mexican army overwhelms the defenders of the Alamo to end that siege with the death of most of the Texian defenders.

  • In 1857…
    The U.S. Supreme Court rules on the Dred Scott v. Sandford case, deciding that an enslaved person cannot sue in federal court or be considered a U.S. citizen. The decision also affirms the constitutionality of extending slavery to the western territories.

  • In 1896…
    Charles King tests his “horseless carriage” in Detroit, becoming the first person to drive a car in Motor City.

  • In 1930…
    Clarence Birdseye’s brand of frozen, individually packaged food goes on sale in retail stores in Springfield, Mass. "Birds Eye Frosted Foods" are the beginning of the gigantic frozen food industry.

  • In 1951…
    The trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg begins in Judge Irving R. Kaufman’s New York courtroom. The Rosenbergs, accused of passing nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union during World War II, will be convicted of espionage and executed on June 19, 1953.

  • In 1967…
    Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of former Soviet premier Joseph Stalin, arrives at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi to announce that she wants to defect to the West. She would become a naturalized citizen of the United States and would later be known as Lana Peters. She died in November 2011 at age 85.

  • In 1981…
    After 19 years, Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time as the anchor of The CBS Evening News, telling viewers "And that’s the way it is: Friday, March 6, 1981." Walter Cronkite was "the most trusted man in America." After 19 years on the air, Cronkite would turn his desk over to Dan Rather as anchor of The CBS Evening News.


Spies in America: The Ethel Rosenberg Story… (4:35)





Previously Posted Topics:

Prof. Boerner’s Exploration: Dred Scott Decision: Supreme Court Preserves Slavery…

Prof. Boerner’s Exploration: Battle of the Alamo: Battle Cry of the Texas Revolution…

Prof. Boerner’s Exploration: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg: Convicted of spying for KGB…

Prof. Boerner’s Exploration: UNIVAC Predicts 1952 Election Results: CBS News “Balks”…

Wikipedia: Walter Cronkite: Anchorman of The CBS Evening News…

Wikipedia: Clarence Birdseye: Pioneered the Frozen Food Industry…