This Day in History - March 4Thursday, March 04, 2021
Today is the 63rd day of 2021. There are 302 days left in the year.
1829: An unruly crowd mobs the White House during the inaugural reception for US President Andrew Jackson.
1632: Sweden's King Gustavus II resumes his Palatinate campaign in Germany.
1681: England's King Charles II grants a charter to William Penn for land that later becomes the US state of Pennsylvania.
1789: The Constitution of the United States goes into effect as the first Federal Congress meets in New York City.
1917: German army begins major withdrawal on Western Front in World War I.
1933: The start of US President Franklin Roosevelt's first Administration has the first woman to serve in the Cabinet: Labour Secretary Frances Perkins.
1945: Soviet troops reach Baltic Sea in drive across German province of Pomerania.
1965: Syria orders nationalisation of nine oil companies, including affiliates of two US concerns.
1970: French submarine with 57 aboard is lost in Mediterranean Sea off the Riviera.
1972: Soviet Union signs agreement with Libya to jointly develop and refine Libyan oil, a pact seen as a pressure tactic against Western oil companies.
1973: Eight Black September terrorists end their occupation of Saudi Arabian Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, after slaying three foreign diplomats.
1977: Earthquake devastates Bucharest and other towns in Romania, where death toll eventually reaches more than 1,000.
1987: US President Ronald Reagan addresses the nation on the Iran-Contra affair, acknowledging his overtures to Iran had “deteriorated” into an arms-for-hostages deal.
1994: Four Muslim extremists are convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York.
1999: The US Marine pilot whose plane clipped off a gondola cable in the Italian Alps, killing 20 people a year earlier, is acquitted by a US military court, causing dismay in Italy.
2002: The Parliament of the Serbian province of Kosovo elects ethnic Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova as president, ending a political deadlock that delayed the formation of a government.
2003: A bomb explodes just outside Davao International Airport on the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines, killing at least 21 people and injuring 150 others.
2005: Flags fly at half mast as Canadians grapple with the deadliest attack on police officers in 120 years, after four Mounties were slain during a raid on a marijuana farm in a rural western hamlet.
2007: Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and rebel leader Guillaume Soro sign a peace accord reuniting the country by dismantling a vast buffer zone that separated the two sides.
2008: Thousands of bus and train drivers, preschool teachers, and waterworks employees walk off their jobs in most of Germany's 16 states in an effort to win higher pay for German public service workers.
2010: Turkey, a key Muslim ally of the United States, angrily withdraws its US ambassador after a congressional committee approves a resolution branding the World War I-era killing of Armenians as a genocide.
2011: Moammar Gadhafi's regime strikes back at its opponents with a powerful attack on the closest Opposition-held city to Tripoli and using a barrage of tear gas and live ammunition to smother new protests in the capital. At least 37 people died in fighting and in an explosion at an ammunition depot in Libya's rebellious east.
2012: Vladimir Putin claims victory in Russia's presidential election before tens of thousands of cheering supporters, even as the Opposition and independent observers insist the vote has been marred by widespread fraud.
2015: China announces that its official military budget will grow by 10.1 per cent in the coming year, amid unease among Beijing's neighbours about its growing might and territorial ambitions.
Prince Henry the Navigator, Portuguese patron of explorers (1394-1460); Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer (1648-1741); Sir Henry Raeburn, Scottish artist (1756-1823); Charles Goren, US contract bridge authority (1901-1991); Patricia Heaton, US actress (1958- ); Chaz Salvatore Bono, child of Sonny and Cher (1969- ); Catherine O'Hara, US actress (1954- ); Scott Hicks, Australian director (1953- )
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