Today

Published Mar 6, 2013 at 04:00AM

It's Wednesday, March 6, the 65th day of 2013. There are 300 days left in the year.

Happenings

Mourning Chavez — The body of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez lies in state at a military academy in Caracas.

Terror suspect — Reaz Qadir Khan, a Portland city worker, faces a detention hearing in connection with allegations that he provided support for a suicide bomber who killed 30 people in Pakistan in 2009.

Market bounce — Asian markets rise higher in the wake of Tuesday's record-setting session on the New York Stock Exchange.

History

Highlight: In 1933, a national bank holiday declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and aimed at calming panicked depositors went into effect. (The holiday was supposed to last four days, but was extended until it was gradually lifted starting March 13.)

In 1836, the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, fell to Mexican forces after a 13-day siege.

In 1853, Verdi's opera “La Traviata” premiered in Venice, Italy.

In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Dred Scott v. Sandford that Scott, a slave, was not an American citizen and could not sue for his freedom in federal court.

In 1912, Oreo sandwich cookies were first introduced by the National Biscuit Co.

In 1933, Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak, wounded in an attempt on then-President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt's life the previous month, died at a Miami hospital at age 59.

In 1944, U.S. heavy bombers staged the first full-scale American raid on Berlin during World War II.

In 1953, Georgy Malenkov was named premier of the Soviet Union a day after the death of Josef Stalin.

In 1967, the daughter of Josef Stalin, Svetlana Alliluyeva, appeared at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and declared her intention to defect to the West.

In 1970, a bomb being built inside a Greenwich Village townhouse by the radical Weathermen accidentally went off, destroying the house and killing three group members.

In 1973, Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck, 80, died in Danby, Vt.

In 1983, in a case that drew much notoriety, a woman was gang-raped atop a pool table in a tavern in New Bedford, Mass., called Big Dan's; four men were later convicted of the attack.

Ten years ago: A somber President George W. Bush readied the nation for war against Saddam Hussein, hurling some of his harshest invectives yet at the Iraqi leader during a prime-time news conference.

Five years ago: A Palestinian killed eight students at a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem before he was slain. Twin bombings in a shopping district in Baghdad killed at least 68 people and wounded 130 others.

One year ago: In Super Tuesday contests, Republican Mitt Romney narrowly won in pivotal Ohio, seized a home-state victory in Massachusetts, triumphed in Idaho, Vermont and Alaska, and won easily in Virginia — where neither Rick Santorum nor Newt Gingrich was on the ballot. Santorum won contests in Oklahoma, Tennessee and North Dakota, while Gingrich won in Georgia.

Birthdays

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is 87. Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez is 86. Actor-director Rob Reiner is 66. Actor Tom Arnold is 54. Actress Connie Britton is 46. NBA player Shaquille O'Neal is 41. Actor Dillon Freasier (Film: “There Will Be Blood”) is 17.

— From wire reports