1046 ~ Nasir Khusraw began his 7 year Middle Eastern journey, which was later described in his book Safarnama.

1616 ~ Nicolaus Copernicus’s book On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres was added to the Index of Forbidden Books, 73 years after it was first published.

1836 ~ Samuel Colt patented the 1st production model revolver, the .34-caliber handgun.

1850 ~ The Britannia Bridge was opened, linking the island of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales, across the Menai Strait.

1872 ~ George Westinghouse patented the air brake.

1946 ~ The “Iron Curtain” phrase was coined by Winston Churchill in his speech at Westminster College, Missouri, during the Cold War.

1953 ~ Joseph Stalin died due to a cerebral haemorrhage, in Moscow. He was the longest serving leader of the Soviet Union.

1963 ~ American country music stars Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas died in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee. Their pilot Randy Hughes was also killed.

1970 ~ The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons was put into effect after ratification by 43 nations.

1978 ~ The Landsat 3 was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

1979 ~ Soviet probes Venera 11 and 12 and the German-American solar satellite Helios II were all hit by off the scale gamma rays, which led to the discovery of soft gamma repeaters.

1981 ~ The ZX81 British home computer was launched by Sinclair Research. Over 1.5 million units of this pioneering home computer were sold around the world.

1982 ~ Soviet probe Venera 14 landed on Venus.

2012 ~ Tropical Storm Irina killed more than 75 people when it passed through Madagascar.

Today in History for March 5th (Associated Press video)