FRIDAY’S CHILDREN

March 3rd in history:

“The Star-Spangled Banner” became the national anthem of the United States on March 3rd, 1931.

On this date in 1845, Florida became the 27th star in the flag when it joined the union.

The Apollo 9 mission was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on this date in 1969. It was the first test flight for the lunar landing module, and its three-man crew consisted of Jim McDivitt, Rusty Schweikart, and David Scott.

Another “Mr. Scott” well known for fictional space travels, actor James Doohan of the “Star Trek” TV series was born on March 3rd of 1920.

Bowen FaustinoAnother historic video was shot on March 3rd, 1991, when a man in Los Angeles filmed a police beating from his window.  The beating of black driver Rodney King by white policemen touched off racial tensions, which led to riots in L.A. the following year when a jury acquitted the police officers.

A remake of the TV series “Dragnet,” about the L.A. police, starred Ed O’Neill as Sgt. Joe Friday.  O’Neill is better known as a sitcom dad on “Married…with Children” and “Modern Family,” and two of his TV children have March 3rd birthdays.  They are Julie Bowen (born 1970), Claire Dunphy of “Modern Family,” and David Faustino (1974), Bud Bundy from “Married.”
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