On this day: March 5

POSTED: 10:05 AM PST Mar 01, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Mar 04, 2014 

The Boston Massacre riles up American colonists, Che strikes a famous pose, Elvis is discharged, a plane crash kills Patsy Cline, and John Belushi overdoses, all on this day.

OTD March 5 - Boston Massacre
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1770: In an incident that would become known as the Boston Massacre, nine British soldiers stationed in the city fire into an abusive mob, without orders, instantly killing three people and wounding six others. Two more people would later die of wounds suffered in the incident. At a subsequent trial, the soldiers were defended by John Adams, the future U.S. president, with six of the soldiers acquitted, while the other two were convicted of manslaughter and given reduced sentences. The event would contribute to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War five years later. This famous depiction of the event was engraved by Paul Revere and published later in 1770.

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