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On This Date - March 4
Quote of the Day:
“The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth.” ~Bill Clinton

March 4 observes:

Explorer Christopher Columbus arrives back in Lisbon, Portugal, aboard his ship Niña from his voyage to what is now The Bahamas and other islands in the Caribbean (1493).

Hernan Cortes arrives in Mexico in search of the Aztec civilization and their wealth (1519).

Charles II grants a land charter to William Penn for the area that will later become Pennsylvania (1681).

In New York City, the first Congress of the United States meets, putting the United States Constitution into effect (1789).

Vermont is admitted as the 14th U.S. State (1791).

The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is passed by the U.S. Congress (1794).

In the first ever peaceful transfer of power between elected leaders in modern times, John Adams is sworn in as President of the United States, succeeding George Washington (1797).

Chicago is incorporated as a city (1837).

First national flag of the Confederate States of America (the "Stars and Bars") is adopted (1861).

Abraham Lincoln is inaugurated for his first term as President of the United States (1861).

The Idaho Territory is created as a political division of the United States (1863).

Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake receives its première performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Anna Sobeshchanskaya as Odette in Julius Reisinger's original production of Swan Lake, pictured (1877).

Britain's first electric trams run in east London (1882).

Gottlieb Daimler unveils his first automobile which he test runs in Esslingen and Cannstatt, Germany (1887).

The longest bridge in Great Britain, the Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland, measuring 520 miles long, is opened by the Prince of Wales, who later becomes King Edward VII (1890).

In Chicago, the American Automobile Association is established (1902).

Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first female member of the United States House of Representatives (1917).

Hot Spring National Park established (1923).

Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President of the United States to have his inauguration broadcast on radio (1925).

Charles Curtis becomes the first native-American Vice President of the United States (1929).

The British Viceroy of India, Governor-General Edward Frederick Lindley Wood and Mohandas Gandhi meet to sign an agreement envisaging the release of political prisoners and allowing salt to be freely used by the poorest members of the population (1931).

TV premier of ‘The Dick Cavett Show” (1968).

NASA launches the Intelsat V-508 satellite (1982).

The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences announces the formation of the Television Academy Hall of Fame (1984).

The Food and Drug Administration approves a blood test for AIDS, used since then for screening all blood donations in the United States (1985).

The Soviet Vega 1 begins returning images of Comet Halley and the first images ever of its nucleus (1986).

U.S. President Bill Clinton bans federally funded human cloning research (1997).

Canada bans human cloning but permits government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions (2002).

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. Al-Bashir is the first sitting head of state to be indicted by the ICC since its establishment in 2002 (2009).

Birth anniversaries and birthdays include:

Henry the Navigator (1394)

Antonio Vivaldi - composer (1678)

David "Robber" Lewis - robber known for giving stolen money to the poor. (1790)

Knute Rockne - football player and coach (1888)

Barbara McNair - singer and actress (1934)

Paula Prentiss - actress (1938)

David Matthews - keyboardist (1942)

Patricia Heaton - actress (1958)

Chaz Bono - actor and gay rights activist (1969)

Anna Sobeshchanskaya as Odette in Swan Lake - March 4
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