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Today in History

Today is Friday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2022. There are 302 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On March 4, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt took office as the 32nd President of the United States.

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In 1789, the United States Constitution came into effect when the first Federal Congress met in New York. (Lawmakers then adjourned for lack of a quorum.)

In 1863, the territory of Idaho was created.

In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated for a second term; with the end of the Civil War in sight, Lincoln declared, “With malice to none, with charity to all.”

In 1917, Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana took her seat as the first woman elected to the United States House of Representatives, the same day President Woodrow Wilson was sworn in for a second term (it was a Sunday , a private ceremony was held inside the United States Capitol; a second public swearing-in took place the following day).

In 1966, John Lennon of the Beatles was quoted in the London Evening Standard as saying, “We’re more popular than Jesus now,” a comment that provoked an angry reaction in the United States.

In 1981, a Salt Lake City jury convicted Joseph Paul Franklin, an outspoken racist and serial killer, of violating the civil rights of two black men, Ted Fields and David Martin, who had been shot. (Franklin received two life sentences for the crime; he was executed in 2013 for the 1977 murder of a Jewish man, Gerald Gordon.)

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation on the Iran-Contra affair, acknowledging that his overtures to Iran had “deteriorated” into an arms-for-hostages deal.

In 1994, in New York, four extremists were convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that killed six people and injured more than a thousand. Actor and comedian John Candy has died in Durango, Mexico at the age of 43.

In 1998, the United States Supreme Court ruled that sexual harassment in the workplace can be illegal even when the aggressor and the victim are of the same sex.

In 2015, the Justice Department cleared Darren Wilson, a white former police officer from Ferguson, Missouri, in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old black Michael Brown, but also released a scathing report calling for sweeping changes. in the enforcement of city laws. practices.

In 2018, former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench in the south-west English town of Salisbury; both survived what British authorities said was an attempted murder using a nerve agent.

In 2020, federal health officials investigated a suburban Seattle nursing home at the center of a coronavirus outbreak.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama, in an address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington, said he did not want war, but would not hesitate to attack Iran if it was the only option he had left to prevent him from getting a nuke. Vladimir Putin won a decisive victory in the Russian presidential election to return to the Kremlin and extend his grip on power. Nearly 300 people in the Republic of Congo have been killed after a series of explosions at an arms depot in the capital Brazzaville.

Five years ago: President Donald Trump accused former President Barack Obama of tapping his phones during the 2016 election; an Obama spokesman said the claim was “simply untrue”. Tommy Page, a former pop star whose song “I’ll Be Your Everything” hit No. 1 in 1990 and who later became a record label executive, has died in New York at the age of 46 years.

A year ago: Breaking with other Southern GOP governors, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey extended her state’s mask order for another month, but said the requirement would end definitely in April. Demonstrators in Myanmar protesting the previous month’s military coup returned to the streets, undeterred by the killing of at least 38 people the day before by security forces.

Today’s birthdays: actress Paula Prentiss turns 84. Director Adrian Lyne is 81 years old. Singer Shakin’ Stevens is 74 years old. Author James Ellroy is 74 years old. Former Energy Secretary Rick Perry is 72. Singer Chris Rea is 71 years old. Actor/singer-rock musician Ronn Moss is 70 years old. Actor Kay Lenz is 69 years old. The musician Emilio Estefan is 69 years old. Director Scott Hicks is 69. Actress Catherine O’Hara is 68 years old. Actor Mykelti (MY’-kul-tee) Williamson is 65 years old. Actress Patricia Heaton is 64 years old. Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., is 64. Actor Steven Weber is 61 years old. Rock musician Jason Newsted is 59 years old. Actor Stacy Edwards is 57 years old. The rapper Grand Puba is 56 years old. Rock singer Evan Dando (Lemonheads) is 55. Patsy Kensit is 54 years old. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., is 54. Gay rights activist Chaz Bono is 53. Actor Andrea Bendewald is 52 years old. Actor Nick Stabile (stah-BEEL’) is 52 years old. Country singer Jason Sellers is 51. Jazz musician Jason Marsalis is 45 years old. Actor Jessica Heap is 39 years old. Actor Scott Michael Foster is 37 years old. TV personality Whitney Port is 37. Actor Audrey Esparza is 36 years old. Argo Harshman is 36 years old. Actor Josh Bowman is 34 years old. Actor Andrea Bowen is 32 years old. Actor Jenna Boyd is 29 years old.

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