What Happened on March 4

Historical Events

  • 1861 Abraham Lincoln is inaugurated as the 16th US President
  • 1902 American Automobile Association (AAA) founded in Chicago
  • 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
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Mar 4 in Film & TV

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

Mar 4 in Music

  • 1895 Gustav Mahler conducts the premiere of his incomplete 2nd Symphony ("Resurrection") in Berlin, Germany, with the Berlin Philharmonic; complete version debuts in December

Mar 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 President Zachary Taylor delays his swearing-in and inauguration ceremony for one day due to religious reasons, rising to the false belief by some that Senator David Atchison (President pro tempore) technically assumed the office of President for one day

On March 4, 1849

Famous Weddings

  • 1540 German Protestant Count Philip of Hessen bigamously marries 2nd wife Margarethe von der Saale, causing a scandal
  • 1971 Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau (51) weds author and 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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