March 5th

2004
Martha Stewart was convicted of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she'd unloaded her Imclone Systems Inc. stock just before the price plummeted.
2001
Vice President Dick Cheney underwent an angioplasty for a partially blocked artery.
1997
North and South Korean representatives met for the first time in 25 years for peace talks.
Paris Peace Accords
1982
Comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose at age 33.
John Belushi
1981
The home computer ZX81 is launched. The British ZX81 was one of the world's first home computer and was sold over 1.5 million times.
ZX81
1970
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty enters into force. Nuclear powers China, Russia, U.S., U.K., and France initiated the treaty in 1968. It has since been ratified by 190 nations around the world.
Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
1963
Country music singer Patsy Cline died in a plane crash near Camden, Tenn., at age 30.
Patsy Cline
1960
Alberto Korda takes his famous picture of revolutionary Che Guevara. The iconic photograph, called Guerrillero Heroico, was taken at a memorial service for the victims of the La Coubre explosion.
Guerrillero Heroico
1953
Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died at age 73 after nearly three decades in power.
Joseph Stalin
1946
Winston Churchill delivered his famous Iron curtain speech, "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent.".
Iron Curtain
1933
The Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote in German parliamentary elections, enabling it to join with the Nationalists to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag.
German federal election, March 1933
1872
The air brake is patented. George Westinghouse is credited with the design of the railway braking system that uses compressed air.
Railway air brake
1867
An abortive Fenian uprising against English rule took place in Ireland.
Fenian Rising
1770
Boston Massacre (Incident on King Street): British soldiers kill 5 men in a crowd throwing snowballs, stones and sticks at them. African American Crispus Attucks 1st to die; later held up as early black martyr. The massacre galvanized anti-British feelings.
Boston Massacre
1616
Nicolaus Copernicus' revolutionary book De revolutionibus orbium coelestium is banned by the Catholic Church. In the book, Copernicus claimed that the Earth revolves around the sun. The Church maintained Ptolemy's geocentric system. The book is considered a milestone in the history of astronomy.
De revolutionibus orbium coelestium
1496
English King Henry VII hands John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) a commission to explore for new lands.
John Cabot
1046
Persian scholar Naser Khosrow begins the 7 year Middle Eastern journey which he will later describe in his book Safarnama.
Nasir Khusraw
363
Roman Emperor Julian moves from Antioch with an army of 90,000 to attack the Sassanid Empire, in a campaign that brings about his own death.