1918 – Russia signs the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, agreeing to withdraw from World War I, and to accept German control of the Baltic States, Belarus, and Ukraine. It also acknowledged Turkish control of Ardahan, Kars, and Batmir. It was signed by Soviet Russia, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and Turkey. This treaty is considered to be the first diplomatic treaty ever drawn up.
1923 – For the first time officially published in the US, the prestigious TIME magazine. TIME is a US weekly magazine with news and announcements published in New York City. It was founded in 1923 and for many years this magazine was run by its influential co-founder Henry Luce. TIME has the largest circulation in the world for a weekly news magazine.
1969 – During the Apollo program, NASA releases Apollo 9 to test the lunar module. The mission was sent to qualify LM for lunar orbit operations in preparation for the first landing on the Moon demonstrating its landing systems, and the three-person crew consisted of James McDivitt, David Scott, and, Rusty Schweickart.
1986 – The Australia Act 1986 begins, prompting Australia to become fully independent of the United Kingdom. The Australian Act 1986 is the short title of each separate but law-related legislative body: one act of the Commonwealth (ie federal) Parliament of Australia, the other an Act of the United Kingdom Parliament.
1999 – Gerhard Herzberg dies at the age of 94. Herzberg, a pioneering German-Canadian physicist and chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1971, “for his contributions to the knowledge of electronic structure and the geometry of molecules, especially free radicals.” Herzberg’s main work concerned atomic and molecular spectroscopy.
2005 – Steve Fossett becomes the first person in the world to fly a non-stop, single-board, fuel-free airplane. He broke three of the seven absolute world records for fixed-wing aircraft recognized by Federation Aeronautique Internationale, all on his Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer. Fossett died in a car accident in 2007 in the Nevada desert.
2012 – Sotir Capo, an Albanian painter with the title “Merited Artist”, dies. In 1953 he graduated from the “Jordan Misja” Art High School. From 1953 to 1960 he worked as a painter in the newspapers “Rinia” and “Pionieri”, as a scenographer at the People’s Theater and later at the Palace of Culture in Berat. In 1961 he started his higher studies at the Higher Institute of Arts in Tirana and finished them in 1965. After his studies he worked in Berat at the Palace of Culture as a scenographer and drawing teacher in the eight-year schools of Berat. In the 80’s he worked as a painting teacher at the Art School “Ajet Xhindole” until 1989 where he retired. Since 1996 he has lived with his family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. His paintings have been praised by various critics inside and outside Albania. For 40 years he led the life of visual arts in Berat and one of the most active nationally. In 1979 he received the title of MERITED ARTIST. Died March 3, 2012 in Philadelphia.