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New Series – Today in History! March 3

Here are three interesting things that have happened on this date in our history:

1.  Mar 3, 1887: Helen Keller meets her teacher, Annie Sullivan – her Miracle Worker

I have always loved the stories about Helen Keller and her teacher.  I often post amazing quotes from Helen Keller on my twitter and facebook walls.

In 1962 a wonderful movie was made “The Miracle Worker”.  Patty Duke as Helen, and Anne Bancroft as Annie, both received Oscars for their performances.

There is so much that you can learn about Helen Keller and her life.  An easy start is to watch the movie, and read a great biography on http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdkell.htm.

2.  March 3, 1991 – The police beating of Rodney King is caught on video in Los Angeles, sparking riots.

Rodney King was driving drunk, speeding, and refused to pull over for the patrol officers.  He led them on a car chase, and was brutally beaten when they finally pulled him over.  The beating was filmed by an amateur and was the spark that started riots and unrest around the country.  Rodney was not an angel, but he never deserved that treatment.  He was awarded over 3 million dollars for the injuries from the police.

Recently, Rodney was on the tv show “Celebrity Rehab” and the follow up “Sober House” and shared a lot of his personal struggles.

3.  March 3, 1915 The Movie “Birth of a Nation” opens in New York

D. W. Griffiths controversial film opened and became the first true “Blockbuster” film for Hollywood.  Originally named “The Clansman”, it was based on a book by Thomas Dixon and glorified the Klu Klux Klan.  After disputes with the NAACP, Griffiths changed the name of the film, and eventually changed the focus of the film to the Civil War itself and the change of status for the Slaves.








  1. March 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Dear Sally,

    Thank you so much for your great history lessons about very particular heroes like the miracle worker!

    You offer us great value!

    Have a wonderful and creative weekend!

    All the best,


  2. March 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks Sally for the article 🙂

  3. March 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Most of us still have an opinion regarding the Rodney King incident . Most Eye witnesses said Rodney was not doing what police told Him to do and Most of the Strikings by Police slowed down indicate that the hits were to the side or grazing . I think things are tougher decisions today . I grew up in the late Sixties where “the Pigs ” showed up beating Folks without asking Questions no matter the color of your skin or Nationality . I knew i didn’t want a Beating So you Run and The Crowd got dispursed , damages Much Less . You loot , You Rob , You Burn Others buildings Cars possessions , Expect to get Beat. The Occupy Folks are a good example of how to not solve an issue . rapes going on and nothing happening cause of fear of Rodney King all over .

  4. March 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I love the Helen Keller story, very inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

  5. The Think Factor
    March 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Love love what you are doing. My new favorite place. http://www.facebook.com/thethinkfactor

  6. March 3, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Deep thoughts for Sunday morn’.

  7. TaxCoach
    March 3, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing history with us. I know two of them. But, I don’t know the last one.

  8. March 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    The Rodney King beating was just part of the fun that decade in LA. OJ, Menendez brothers and so many other great reasons to visit LA.

  9. March 3, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks Sally, a great little blog post about March 3rd events

  10. March 3, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I was beaten and almost killed by police officers after I was in an accident. My legs were so badly beaten I could not walk without support and my head was busted open. I had some theeth knocked out with a night stick. And this all happened after they had placed me in handcuffs and put me into the back of their car. I was also given a huge settlement. I was allowed to go free without having to pay any fines. Plus, I was also allowed to pay for a lawyer that I could not afford. So, don’t ask me to feel sorry for Rodney.

  11. March 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Thanks Sally, interesting info.

  12. March 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    How well I remember the Rodney King beatings…and the riots that followed the trial. Hard to believe it was that long ago. Thanks for the reminder.

  13. March 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Love the new series, Sally. Very informative!

  14. Kita Champion
    March 3, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Very nicely done!

  15. March 3, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Sally…A great story/………….!!!!!!!!!

  16. March 3, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Will use the most underrated overused word in history – Thanks for the post here. WOW

  17. DM
    March 4, 2012 at 12:17 am

    I love history. You’ve picked some great topics here. Thanks.

  18. March 4, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Great post Sally – I always learn something new at your blog!

  19. March 4, 2012 at 12:43 am

    This one is a gem Sally. I hadn’t realized it had been so long since Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan hooked up. For some reason I had it in my head it was only 100 years ago maybe -but then again time is flying so fast now 5 years passes and i hardly notice it!

  20. March 4, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Thank you for the opportunity to read your blog.

  21. March 4, 2012 at 1:35 am

    The Helen Keller story makes me want to cry every time I see snippets of it. To me people like her are true hero’s.

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