This Day in History: March 6th

Sunday, March 6, 1836: Texan forces under the command of Lieutenant Colonel William Travis are finally defeated at the Alamo by Mexican General Santa Anna. The force of one hundred eighty nine Texans were able to hold out twelve days against the Mexican Army before being wiped out. In total approximately six hundred Mexican soldiers and one hundred ninety Texan soldiers were killed.

Friday, March 6, 1857: The Supreme Court rules on the Scott v. Sanford Case. The court rules that, “Persons of African descent cannot be, nor were ever intended to be, citizens under the U.S. Const. Plaintiff is without standing to file a suit.” This basically implied that Scott had no right to sue his owner over being a slave.

Monday, March 6, 1944: The USAAF, U.S. Army Air Force (predecessor to the USAF), begins daylight bombing raids over Berlin. The VIII Air Force carried out the raid with nearly a thousand B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators as well as almost seven hundred P-51 Mustang fighters.

Tuesday, March 6, 1990: Russian Parliament passes a law allowing citizens to own private property for the first time since the early 20th century.

Friday, March 6, 1992: “The Cosby Show” airs its final episode. The show lasted 8 seasons and lasted 202 episodes. The show was credited with helping to make NBC the premiere television channel in the U.S. and with changing the way blacks were viewed on television.