1585 ~ The Olympic Theatre was inaugurated in Vicenza, Italy. It was designed by Andrea Palladio the Italian architect.

1845 ~ Florida was admitted as the 27th U.S. state.

1849 ~ The Territory of Minnesota was created.

1861 ~ The Emancipation Manifesto was signed by Alexander II of Russia, which abolished serfdom to free the serfs.

1865 ~ HSBC : The Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation was founded.

1873 ~ The Comstock Law was enacted by The U.S. Congress for Censorship in the United States, which made it illegal to send any obscene, lewd, or lascivious books through the mail.

1875 ~ Carmen the opera by Georges Bizet’s opera premièred at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, France.

1875 ~ The 1st organized indoor game of ice hockey in the World was played, at Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

1885 ~ The American Telephone & Telegraph Company was incorporated in New York.

1887 ~ Helen Keller met her miracle worker Anne Sullivan on the 3rd March 1887. Anne Sullivan began teaching 6 year old Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing after a severe illness at the age of 19 months. Anne Sullivan pioneered “touch teaching” techniques, with the previously uncontrollable Helen Keller, who flourished, graduated from college and become an international lecturer and activist. Anne Sullivan was later dubbed “the miracle worker,” and remained Helen Keller’s interpreter and constant companion until Anne’s death in 1936.

Today in History for March 3rd (Associated Press video)…