On This Day

What Happened on March 4

Important Events

  • 1238 Battle of the Sit River: Mongol forces of Batu Khan overcome Russians under Yuri II of Vladimir-Suzdal near Yaroslavl in Russia, ending Russian resistance
  • 1801 Thomas Jefferson is the first US President to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C.
  • 1861 Abraham Lincoln is inaugurated as the 16th US President
  • 1902 American Automobile Association (AAA) founded in Chicago
  • 1918 First recorded case of Spanish flu at Funston Army Camp, Kanas; start of worldwide pandemic killing 50-100 million
  • 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurated as 32nd US President, pledges to pull US out of the Depression, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself"
  • 1936 1st flight of the airship Hindenburg at Friedrichshafen, Germany
  • 2009 International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur becoming the first sitting head of state to be indicted
More Historical Events

March 4 in Film & TV

  • 1922 1st vampire film Nosferatu premieres at the Berlin Zoological Garden, Germany, an adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula

March 4 in Music

  • 1895 Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony premieres in Berlin

March 4 in Sport

  • 1968 Italian boxer Nino Benvenuti regains world middleweight title with a 15-round points decision over American champion Emile Griffith at Madison Square Garden, NY; last of famous trilogy of fights

Did You Know?

"Happy Birthday To You" published by Claydon Sunny

On March 4, 1924

Would You Believe?

US possibly had no president, Polk's term ends on a Sunday, Taylor couldn't be sworn-in, Senator David Atchison (pres pro tem) may technically have assumed the office

On March 4, 1849

Famous Weddings

  • 1540 Protestant Count Philip of Hessen marries 2nd wife
  • 1971 Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau (51) weds author/actress Margaret Joan Sinclair (23) at a private ceremony in North Vancouver, Canada
  • 1983 Actor Harrison Ford marries screenwriter Melissa Mathison (divorced 2004)

Famous Divorces

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