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Published Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 9:21 PM EST
Mar 06 2018

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This is the KGB Report for Wednesday, March 7, the 66th day of 2018 in the Gregorian calendar, with 299 days remaining.

This is the 411th day of Donald Trump's presidency, of which he has spent 94 days at golf courses at a cost to taxpayers of $56,067,248. There are 1,050 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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On this date in 1955, NBC broadcast the Broadway musical "Peter Pan," starring Mary Martin. It was the first full-length Broadway show televised in color, and was watched by a then-record 65 million viewers. NBC produced another live telecast in 1956, and a videotaped version in 1960 which has been rebroadcast several times and is available on home video. The YouTube video above is of the 1960 production.

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On this date: in 321, Emperor Constantine I decreed that the dies Solis Invicti (sun-day) is the day of rest in the Empire;
in 1530, King Henry VIII's divorce request is denied by the Pope. Henry then declared that he, not the Pope, was supreme head of England's church;
in 1664, Massachusetts established the first two-chamber legislature in the colonies;
in 1778, Captain James Cook first sighted the Oregon coast, at Yaquina Bay;
in 1850, Senator Daniel Webster gave his "Seventh of March" speech endorsing the Compromise of 1850 in order to prevent a possible civil war;
in 1857, those attending the baseball convention in New York decided nine innings constituted an official game;
in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was granted a US patent for the invention of the telephone;
in 1900, The German liner SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse becomes the first ship to send wireless signals to shore;
in 1912, Roald Amundsen publically announced reaching the South Pole on December 14, 1911;
in 1926, the first transatlantic telephone call was made between New York and London;
in 1939, Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians recorded "Auld Lang Syne" for the first time;
in 1962, the Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio;
in 1965, Bloody Sunday: a group of 600 civil rights marchers was brutally attacked by state and local police in Selma, Alabama;
in 1975, the US Senate revised its filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate. It was previously three fifths of sworn senators;
in 1986, divers from the USS Preserver locate the crew cabin of the space shuttle Challenger on the ocean floor;
in 1989, Iran and the United Kingdom severed diplomatic relations after a row over Salman Rushdie and his controversial novel, "The Satanic Verses";
in 2007, The British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected.

More of what happened on March 7 from On This Day and Wikipedia.

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Among other things, today is Discover What Your Name Means Day, National Be Heard Day, National Cereal Day, National Crown Roast of Pork Day, and Stop Bad Service Day (from Checkiday.com).

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Florida man sucks down 16 vodkas and eats one chimichanga over 8½ hours, refuses to pay tab.

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Luther Burbank (March 7, 1849 – April 11, 1926) was an American botanist, horticulturist and pioneer in agricultural science. He developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants over his 55-year career. Burbank's varied creations included fruits, flowers, grains, grasses, and vegetables. He developed (but did not create) a spineless cactus (useful for cattle-feed) and the plumcot. (Full Wikipedia article)

Quote of the day:

"I don't feel so good."
(last words, attrib.)
-Luther Burbank (Click here for more quotes.)

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The Trump presidency could cost the nation more than we realize. It’s easy to lose the habits and values of democracy, but incredibly hard to get them back.

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'Naked politics' of punishing Delta could haunt Georgia. C ompanies won’t soon forget that Georgia allied itself with the NRA over one of its largest private employers, with 33,000 workers statewide.

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Opioids are no better than Tylenol for treating some chronic pain A first-of-its-kind study compared opioids to non-opioid drugs in patients with persistent back pain or hip or knee osteoarthritis. Its results are devastating.

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The Ballad of Sam Nunberg. Why the press can't look away from the former Trump aide's extraordinary public meltdown.

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Strange new "water bear" species discovered. Macrobiotus shonaicus, the 168th species of tardigrade, or “water bear,” that has been discovered in a Japanese parking lot, of all places.

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Megan Barry, Nashville mayor, pleads guilty to theft and agrees to resign. Mayor Megan Barry brought her two-and-a-half year run as the city's first female chief executive to a dramatic close, pleading guilty to a felony charge of theft of property and announcing her resignation. The move capped a turbulent five weeks in which she acknowledged having an affair with the head of her security detail, and faced persistent questions about whether she misspent taxpayer money.

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People don't actually know themselves very well. When Donald Trump tweeted that he was a “very stable genius,” he was accused of lacking self-awareness by journalists and comedians. But the truth is that no one has perfect self-awareness—you probably believe more than a few things about yourself that are false.

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Tourists are swarming Antarctica to see it before it's gone. The threat to Antarctica is real. Due to global air circulation patterns, Antarctica is warming faster than most other places on the planet.

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'Uncontrolled' Chinese space station to crash into earth in early April, experts say. The craft's erratic path makes impact predictions difficult.

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Trump White House quietly issues report vindicating Obama regulations. It was easy to miss, but OMB demolishes the GOP's deregulatory claims.

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The case of the Martian boulder piles. What organized these boulders into neatly-spaced piles?

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Comcast increases Xfinity internet speeds across the northeast. Xfinity customers in 14 states will get solid bandwidth increases over the next month.

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