Lanterns: This Day in History - March 4


This Day in History - March 4

March 4

1152 – Frederick Barbarossa becomes emperor

1238 – Mongol forces of Batu Khan defeat Russians in the Battle of the Sit River in Russia

1394 – Navigator Prince Henry is born

1461 – Henry VI is deposed, and the Duke of York is proclaimed Kin Edward IV

1634 – Samuel Cole opens the first tavern in Boston

1678 – Italian composer and violinist Antonio Vivaldi is born

1747 – American Revolutionary War General Casimir Pulaski is born

1766 – The Stamp Act is repealed by the British Parliament

1776 – Brigadier General John Thomas leads troops into Dorchester Heights, south of Boston

1789 – The first Congress of the US meets in New York and declares the Constitution is now in effect

1791 – Vermont becomes the 14th state and the first addition to the original 13 colonies

1793 – George Washington is inaugurated President for the second time

1797 – Vice President John Adams is sworn in as President

1801 – Thomas Jefferson becomes the first President to be inaugurated in Washington, DC

1811 – Lawyer, politician, and journalist Mariano Moreno dies

1813 – The Russians fighting against Napoleon reach Berlin

1829 – Andrew Jackson holds an open house at the White House

1852 – Irish playwright Lady Gregory is born

1852 – Author and playwright Nikolai Gogol dies

1861 – The Confederate States of America adopt the “Stars and Bars” flag

1861 – Abraham Lincoln is inaugurated as President

1868 – Jesse Chisholm who founded the Chisholm Trail, dies

1877 – The Russian Imperial Ballet stages the first performance of “Swan Lake” in Moscow

1888 – Football player and coach Knute Rockne is born

1888 – Educator and philosopher Amos Bronson Alcott dies

1901 – World expert on the game of bridge, Charles Goren is born

1901 – William McKinley is inaugurated president for the second time

1904 – Russian troops begin to retreat as the Japanese advance in Korea

1904 – Writer and women’s rights activist Ding Ling is born

1908 – The New York board of education bans the act of whipping students in school

1912 – The French council of war unanimously votes a mandatory three-year military service

1913 – Thomas Woodrow Wilson takes office as President

1914 – Doctor Fillatre of Paris is the first doctor to successfully separate Siamese twins

1917 – Jeannette Rankin takes her seat as the first woman elected to the US House of Representatives

1918 – The first documented case of Spanish flu is found, but will quickly turn epidemic, leading to over 25 million deaths

1921 – Warren Harding is sworn in as President

1928 – Novelist Alan Sillitoe is born

1932 – South African singer Miriam Makeba is born

1932 – Journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski is born

1933 – Franklin Roosevelt is inaugurated as President

1933 – Frances Perkins is appointed Secretary of Labor and is the first woman to serve in the Cabinet

1936 – Racing legend Jim Clark is born

1936 – The first flight of the Hindenburg takes place at Friedrichshafen, Germany

1941 – The British Navy launches Operation Claymore against the Germans off the coast of Norway

1944 – Berlin is bombed by the American forces for the first time

1944 – Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, the head of Murder, Inc., is executed at Sing Sing Prison. Buchalter led the nation’s largest crime syndicate and murder squad during the 30’s until his people turned into witnesses for the government

1950 – 47th Governor of Texas Rick Perry is born

1951 – Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Chris Rea is born

1952 – North Korea accuses the UN of using germ warfare

1952 – Ernest Hemingway completes The Old Man and the Sea, which will go on to earn the Pulitzer Price

1952 – Actor and future President Ronald Reagan marries his second wife, actress Nancy Davis in Los Angeles

1954 – Secretary of State John Foster Dulles warns that communism is making inroads and asks Latin American nations to take action

1962 – A Trans-African DC-7 crashes on takeoff in a Cameroon swamp, killing 111

1963 – Six people are sentenced to death for plotting to kill President Charles de Gaulle, in Paris

1965 – Author Khaled Hosseini is born

1968 – The Ad Hoc Task Force on Vietnam advises the President to send 22,000 more troops to Vietnam

1968 – Soccer star and manager Graham Westley is born

1970 – 57 are killed as the French submarine Eurydice sinks in the Mediterranean Sea

1975 – Queen Elizabeth II knights Charlie Chaplin

1977 – The Vrancea earthquake kills more than 1,500, most in Romania’s capital Bucharest

1977 – Poet, author, and critic Anatol E. Baconsky dies

1980 – Robert Mugabe becomes Zimbabwe’s first black prime minister

1987 – President Reagan takes full responsibility for the Iran-Contra affair in a national address

1994 – Four Muslim fundamentalists are found guilty in the 93 World Trade Center bombing in New York

1995 – Actor and comedian John Candy dies

1999 – Retired Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun dies

2005 – Mogul Martha Stewart is released from prison near Alderson, West Virginia, after serving five months for lying about her sale of ImClone stock

2007 – Estonia becomes the first country to allow citizens to vote in a parliamentary election via the internet

2008 – American game designer Gary Gygax dies

2009 – International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for the Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur

Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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