March 4th is
Toy Soldier Day
Iditarod First Day
Pound Cake Day
National Grammar Day
Marching Band Day
MORE! Antonio Vivaldi, Jeanette Rankin and Charlie Chaplin, click
WORLD FESTIVALS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
Australia – Sydney:
Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
Malaysia – Kuala Terengganu: Anniversary
of Installation of Sultan of Terengganu
New Zealand – Wellington:
Homegrown Music Festival
United Kingdom – London:
Dreamstate Electronic Music Fest
United States – Vermont:
Town Meeting Day
On This Day in HISTORY
AD 51 – Nero, future Roman emperor, is given the title princeps iuventutis (first of the equestrian order)
1351 – Ramathibodi becomes the first king of Ayutthaya (now part of Thailand)
1394 – Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal is born
1492 –Francesco de Layolle born, Italian Renaissance composer
1493 – Christopher Columbus arrives back in Lisbon, Portugal, aboard his ship Niña
1519 – Hernán Cortés arrives in Mexico
1628 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony is granted a Royal charter
1675 – John Flamsteed is appointed the first Astronomer Royal of England
1678 – Antonio Vivaldi is born, major Italian Baroque composer
1681 – England’s King Charles II grants William Penn’s charter to (future) Pennsylvania
1766 – British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act, which faced bitter and violent opposition in the American colonies
1778 – Continental Congress votes to ratify Treaty of Amity and Commerce and Treaty of Alliance, the first treaties entered into by the U.S. government
1789 – U.S. Congress: first meeting in New York declares the Constitution is in effect
1791 – Vermont is admitted as the 14th U.S. state, the first addition to the original 13 American states
1794 – The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is passed by the Congress, which limits the jurisdiction of the federal courts to automatically hear cases brought against a state by the citizens of another state; later interpretations expand this to include citizens of the state being sued
1815 – Myrtilla Miner born, American educator and abolitionist, she would establish the Normal School for Colored Girls in Washington DC before the Civil War, in spite of threats and vandalism, even arson; her school will merge with other schools to become the University of the District of Columbia
1826 – The first U.S. railroad is chartered, the Granite Railway in Quincy MA
1837 – The state of Illinois grants a city charter to Chicago
1861 – The Confederacy adopts the “Stars and Bars” flag
1875 – Enrique Larreta born, Argentine modernist novelist, La gloria de don Ramiro; also Argentine Ambassador to France (1910-1919)
1877 – Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake premieres at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
1880 – Halftone engraving is used for the first time as the “Daily Graphic” begins publishing in New York City
1881 – Eliza Ballou Garfield becomes the first mother of a U.S. President to live in the executive mansion
1891 – Lois W. born, American activist, co-founder of Al-Anon
1902 – The American Automobile Association is founded in Chicago
1908 – The New York board of education bans whipping students in school
1913 – Marguerite Taos Amrouche born, Algerian author and singer, early Algerian woman to publish a novel in French, collected and interpreted Kabylie Berber songs
1914 – Doctor Le Fillatre, dean of the French Academy of Medicine, successfully separates Siamese twins Susanna and Madeline, born conjoined facing each other
1917 – Jeanette Rankin of Montana takes her seat as the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
1925 – Calvin Coolidge takes the oath of office in Washington, DC., the first presidential inauguration broadcast on radio
1932 – Miriam Makeba is born, South African singer, civil rights activist
1933 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt gives his inaugural address: “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself”
1933 – Labor Secretary Frances Perkins becomes first woman to serve in U.S. cabinet
1942 – The Stage Door Canteen opens on West 44th Street in New York City; Dick Jurgens’ orchestra records “One Dozen Roses”
1947 – France and Britain sign an alliance treaty
1950 – Walt Disney’s animated Cinderella is released across the U.S.
1952 – U.S. President Harry Truman dedicates the Courier, the first seagoing radio broadcasting station
1954 – In Boston, the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now part of Brigham and Women’s Hospital) reports Dr. Joseph E. Murray performs the first successful kidney transplant
1974 – People magazine’s first issue goes on the newsstands
1975 – Queen Elizabeth knights Charlie Chaplin
1976 – Hall & Oates record “Rich Girl”
1983 – Bertha Wilson is appointed as first woman to sit on Canada’s Supreme Court
1986 – Today debuts as England’s newest, national daily newspaper
1987 – Ronald Reagan addresses the nation on the Iran-Contra scandal, acknowledging his overtures to Iran “deteriorated” into an arms-for-hostages deal
1989 – Time, Inc. and Warner Communications Inc. announce they plan to merge
1994 – Bosnia’s Croats and Moslems sign an agreement to form a federation in a loose economic union with Croatia
1997 – U.S. President Clinton bars federal spending on human cloning
1998 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules that federal law banning on-the-job sexual harassment applies even when both parties are the same sex
2002 – Canada bans human embryo cloning but permits government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions
2012 – Vladimir Putin wins re-election in Russia’s presidential election
2014 – Italy releases 2 million Euros to save the ancient city of Pompeii after flooding causes some walls to collapse
- March 4 Days collage
- International flags
- Map of Ayutthaya
- Myrtilla Miner
- Portrait of Enrique Larreta, Museo Arte Espanol
- Jeanette Rankin, war quote
- Frances Perkins, being a woman quote
- Justice Bertha Wilson, liberty quote
- Flood-damaged Temple of Venus at Pompeii
Good post, when I saw pound (cake) my mind went back to Austin. I am smiling, John Prines “illegal Smiles.”
Then I see Ronnie talked about Iran Contra but when his deposition was taken, the universal I do not recall, became the industry standard.
I got to the point I was very proactive for my clients and would ask the person taking the deposition to define words and the instruct the client to answer based upon the definition given. You might be surprised at some of the definitions I have been given.
Help I am stuck in the WordPress trap.
Hey Russell –
I looked to see if any of your comments were in recent spam, but nothing from you was there – what problems are you having?
Yeah, I though there were grounds for impeachment for Reagan – thought Ollie North was a flaming liar withing two minutes of hearing his testimony before Congress – so many tells, and propaganda techniques.- another third-rate actor.
Once in awhile, the WordPress Vortex of Doom(tm) rears its ugly head and a comment (or two) just get eaten.
Russell, when Reagan said he did not recall, he probably didn’t. By the end of his first term, my trained eye and ears were picking up early signs of Alzheimer’s. In fact, I commented about it to my wife after watching him give a speech. He was able to cover it up fairly well, because he was a trained actor, and playing a role was an overlearned behavior for him.
Sometime either shortly before leaving office, or after, he gave an hour long interview. By that time, the dementia was obvious. Several times he had this lost deer in the headlights look, so Nancy patted his knee and answered the question for him.
today was reminiscent of those days … Iran-Contra & Reagan had the flavor of Watergate & Nixon… all we need is the Congress to actually do its job
Trump threw shade on Bannon and Priebus. He kicked them off Air Force One just before he left for Florida. They had to stay behind in DC.
He has had a day long tantrum since Jeff Sessions was forced to recuse himself from the investigation. Until Sessions is replaced with a Trump nominated successor to run the operation, the investigation will be run by Dana Boente, a holdover from the Obama administration.
I don’t think Bannon will leave under any circumstance short of being dragged out by the Secret Service and White House police. Priebus is another matter.