On This Day

On This Day in History for March 4 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 206

  • 1928 "Bunion Run" race from LA to NYC begins; It is won by Andy Payne
  • 1929 Charles Curtis (R-Kansas) becomes 1st native American VP

<b>President Inaugurated</b>President Inaugurated

1929 Herbert Hoover inaugurated as 31st US President

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 1930 Coolidge Dam in Arizona dedicated
  • 1930 Emma Fahning bowls 1st sanctioned 300 game by a woman
  • 1930 Terrible floods ransack Languedoc and the surrounds in south-west France, resulting in twelve departments being submerged by water and causing the death of over 700 people.
  • 1931 West Indies beat Australia for the 1st time, by 30 runs at SCG
  • 1933 Chancellor Dollfuss dissolves Austrian parliament
  • 1933 Frances Perkins becomes Secretary of Labor, 1st female member of the US Cabinet
  • 1933 Henderson, DeSylva & Brown's "Strike Me Pink" premieres in NYC

<b>President Inaugurated</b>President Inaugurated

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"

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1934 Easter Cross on Mt. Davidson (San Francisco) dedicated

GermanyHindenburg Disaster

1936 1st flight of the airship Hindenburg at Friedrichshafen, Germany

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The Zeppelin Hindenburg begins to fall seconds after catching fire
The Zeppelin Hindenburg begins to fall seconds after catching fire
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  • 1941 18 Geuzen resistance fighters sentenced to death in The Hague

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1941 Serbian Prince Paul visits Adolf Hitler

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1941 The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands, during World War II.

  • 1943 Transport #50 departs with French Jews to Maidanek/Sobibor
  • 1944 1st US bombing of Berlin
  • 1944 Anti-Germany strikes in North Italy
  • 1945 Finland declares war on Nazi Germany

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1945 In the United Kingdom, Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, joins the British Auxiliary Transport Service as a driver.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

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1949 Andrei Vishinsky succeeds Molotov as Soviet Foreign minister

Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov
Soviet Foreign Minister
Vyacheslav Molotov
  • 1949 Piet Van de Pol (Neth) becomes world champion billiard player
  • 1949 Security Council of UN recommends membership for Israel
  • 1954 James E. Wilkins appointed 1st black US sub-cabinet member
  • 1954 Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant.
  • 1955 1st radio facsimile transmission sent across the continent
  • 1957 The S&P 500 stock market index is introduced, replacing the S&P 90.
  • 1959 US Pioneer IV misses Moon & becomes 2nd (US 1st) artificial planet
  • 1960 French freighter "La Coubre" explodes in Havana Cuba, killing 100
  • 1961 Paul-Henri Spaak resigns as Secretary-General of NATO
  • 1962 AEC announces 1st atomic power plant in Antarctica in operation
  • 1964 Jimmy Hoffa convicted of jury tampering
  • 1966 Canadian Pacific airliner explodes on landing at Tokyo, 64 die
  • 1966 North Sea Gas 1st pumped ashore by BP
  • 1967 Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Belousova & Protopopov (USSR)

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1968 Martin Luther King Jr. announces plans for Poor People's Campaign

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1968 Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 5 launched
  • 1969 London East End gang bosses twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray are found guilty of murder. Both will die in captivity.
  • 1970 French submarine "Eurydice" explodes off Cape Camarat in the Mediterranean, all 57 crew lost
  • 1971 "City Command" kidnaps 4 US military men at Ankara, Turkey
  • 1972 Erhard Keller (Germany) skates world record 1000m (1:18.5)
  • 1972 Last train run between Penrith to Keswick, UK
  • 1972 Libya & USSR signs cooperation treaty
  • 1972 Abercorn Restaurant bombing: a bomb explodes in a crowded restaurant in Belfast, killing two civilians and wounding 130
  • 1974 David Hares' "Knuckle" premieres in London

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1974 Harold Wilson replaces resigning Edward Heath as British premier

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • 1976 John Pezzin bowls 33 consecutive strikes at Toledo, Ohio
  • 1977 1st CRAY 1 supercomputer shipped, to Los Alamos Laboratories, NM
  • 1977 Earthquake in Romania kills 1,541
  • 1978 Chicago Daily News, founded in 1875, publishes last issue
  • 1979 US Voyager I photo reveals Jupiter's rings

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

1979 Pope John Paul II publishes his first encyclical "Redemptor Hominis"

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1980 Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) comes to power, winning the parliamentary election in Zimbabwe, making Mugabe Zimbabwe's first black prime minister

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe
  • 1982 2nd double hat trick in Islander history-Bossy & D Potvin
  • 1982 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 504

  • 1982 Bertha Wilson is appointed as first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada
  • 1983 U.S. Public Health Service's publishes its guidelines for blood donors and AIDS
  • 1985 STS 51-E vehicle rolls back to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida); mission cancelled
  • 1985 Virtual ban on leaded gas ordered by EPA
  • 1985 WWII veterans returned to the "Bridge over the River Kwai"
  • 1986 Border completes twin Test tons (140 & 114*) v NZ
  • 1989 Eastern Airlines machinists strike

FranceLouvre Pyramid

1989 The Louvre Pyramid designed by I. M. Pei is inaugurated by French President Francois Mitterrand

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I. M. Pei's masterpiece at night in the main courtyard (Cour Napoléon) of the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre)
I. M. Pei's masterpiece at night in the main courtyard (Cour Napoléon) of the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre)
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  • 1990 US 65th manned space mission STS 36 (Atlantis 6) returns from space
  • 1991 Bank of Credit & Commerce Intl divests itself of 1st American Bank
  • 1991 Iraq releases 6 US, 3 British & 1 Italian POW
  • 1994 4 Arab terrorist founded guilty of bombing the World Trade Center
  • 1994 Space shuttle STS-62 (Columbia 16), launches into orbit
  • 1995 1st NYC Mayor Trophy's High school track meet in 19 years
  • 1995 Blind teenage boy receives a 'Bionic Eye' at a Washington Hospital
  • 1995 Michael Johnson runs world record 400m indoor (44.63 sec)
  • 1997 Brazil Senate allows women to wear slacks
  • 1997 Comet Hale-Bopp directly above the Sun (1.04 AU)

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1997 US President Clinton bans federally funded human cloning research

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1997 Zeya Start-1 launched (Russia)

  • 1998 Gay rights: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex.
  • 2001 Hintze Ribeiro disaster, a bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people.
  • 2001 Tests in recent days confirm the world's largest oil find in three decades in the Kashagan field in the Caspian Sea
  • 2002 Canada bans human embryo cloning but permits government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.
  • 2002 Multinational Force in Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers are killed as they attempt to infiltrate the Shahi Kot Valley on a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission.
  • 2005 The car of released Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena is fired on by US soldiers in Iraq, causing the death of an Italian Secret Service Agent and injuring two passengers.
  • 2005 United Nations warns that about 90 million Africans could be infected by HIV in the future without further action against the spread of the disease.
  • 2006 Final contact attempt with Pioneer 10 by the Deep Space Network. No response received.
  • 2007 Estonian parliamentary election: approximately 30,000 voters take advantage of electronic voting in Estonia, world's 1st nationwide vote where part of the vote casting allowed by remote electronic voting
  • 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
  • 2009 U.S. Steel announce the closure of the Stelco Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke, Ontario due to the increasingly worsening effects of the global economic slowdown
  • 2009 Malaysia has a 50% chance of slipping into the recession as growth is expected to reach just 0.5% for the year, announces the executive director Datuk Mohamed Ariff Abdul Kareem of the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research
  • 2012 Munitions dump explosions kill at least 250 people in the Republic of Congo

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2012 Vladimir Putin wins Russian presidential election amid allegations of voter fraud

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 2012 Over 10,000 illegal Peruvian gold miners clash with police to gain control of Puerto Maldonado
  • 2013 40 Syrian soldiers are killed in an ambush in Western Iraq
  • 2013 11 children are killed after a bus collides a truck in the Jalandhar district, India

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2013 The Papal Conclave begins to select the successor of Pope Benedict XVI

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI

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2014 Chinese premier Li Keqiang declares war on pollution at the National People’s Congress

Premier of China Li Keqiang
Premier of China
Li Keqiang
  • 2016 Ben Carson announces he is dropping out of the Republican presidential nomination race
  • 2018 World's worst listeria outbreak suspected of killing 180 tracked to processed meat factory in Polokwane, South Africa
  • 2018 Italian general election results in no clear winner; populist Five Star Movement led by Luigi Di Maio receives most votes with 32%
  • 2018 Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal are poisoned by nerve agent in Salisbury, England

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2019 US Democrats announce a wide-ranging corruption investigation into President Donald Trump

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Birthdays in History

  • 1940 Volodymyr Morozov, Ukrainian flatwater canoer
  • 1942 Charles C. Krulak, 31st Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps
  • 1945 Tara Browne, British socialite (d. 1966)
  • 1946 Haile Gerima, director (Ashes & Embers)
  • 1946 Harvey Goldsmith, impresario
  • 1946 Michael Ashcroft, English entrepreneur/multi-millionaire (Hawley-ADT)
  • 1946 Robert Raymond, rocker
  • 1948 Lindy Chamberlain, Australian author
  • 1948 James Ellroy, American writer
  • 1948 Jean O'Leary, American gay and lesbian rights activist and politician (d. 2005)
  • 1950 Rick Perry, American politician, Governor of Texas (R) (2000-2015), born in Paint Creek, Texas
  • 1951 Edelgard Bulmahn, German politician
  • 1951 Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, American novelist (d. 1982)
  • 1953 Christopher H Smith, (Rep-R-NJ, 1981- )
  • 1954 Mark Chorvinsky, American author, editor and publisher of "Strange Magazine", born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • 1954 François Fillon, French politician and Prime Minister of France (2007-12), born in Le Mans, Sarthe, France
  • 1955 Benny Alexander, Secretary-General (South African Pan-Africanist Movement)
  • 1957 Jim Dwyer, American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, born in NYC, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1958 Lennie Lee, British artist
  • 1959 Rick Ardon, Australian news presenter
  • 1962 Simon Bisley, British comic book artist
  • 1963 Barbara Bubula, Polish politician
  • 1965 Khaled Hosseini, Afghan author and physician
  • 1965 Jonathan Shearer, Scottish castaway
  • 1966 Dav Pilkey, American author
  • 1967 Andrew Osmond, English writer
  • 1968 Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greek politician
  • 1972 Sherida Pawiroredjo, Suriname Miss Indra Maju (1993)
  • 1973 Len Wiseman, American director
  • 1977 Juha Helppi, Finnish professional poker player
  • 1979 Ben Fouhy, New Zealand flatwater canoeist
  • 1983 Max Vergara Poeti, Colombian writer
  • 1987 Cameron Wood, Australian rules footballer
  • 1992 Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, daughter of Albert II, Prince of Monaco
  • 1993 Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown, born in Livingstone, New Jersey (d.2015)

Weddings in History

Deaths in History

  • 2010 Raimund Abraham, Austrian architect (b. 1933)
  • 2010 Vladislav Ardzinba, Abkhazian politician (b. 1945)
  • 2010 Samuel J. Eldersveld, U.S. academic, political scientist, and Democratic politician (b. 1917)
  • 2010 Joaquim Fiúza, Portuguese sailor (b. 1908)
  • 2010 Tetsuo Kondo, Japanese politician (b. 1929)
  • 2010 Hilario Chávez Joya, Mexican Roman Catholic prelate (b. 1928)
  • 2010 Joanne Simpson, American meteorologist (b. 1923)
  • 2011 Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, Indian politician and former Nepali Prime Minister (b. 1924)
  • 2011 Frank Chirkinian, American producer (b.c. 1926)
  • 2011 Vivienne Harris, British businesswoman and newspaper publisher (b.c. 1921)
  • 2011 Charles Jarrott, British film and television director (b. 1927)
  • 2011 Mikhail Simonov, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1920)
  • 2011 Arjun Singh, Indian politician (b. 1930)
  • 2011 Alenush Terian, Iranian astronomer and physicist (b. 1920)
  • 2011 Simon van der Meer, Dutch physicist who won the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics with Carlo Rubbia, dies at 85
  • 2016 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), dies at 70
  • 2017 Thomas Starzl, American surgeon, performed 1st successful liver transplant, dies at 90
  • 2017 Clayton Yeutter, American trade negotiator and Republican National chairman, dies at 86
  • 2017 Mother Divine [Edna Rose Ritchings], American cult leader of the International Peace Mission Movement, dies at 91
  • 2018 Javed Abidi, Indian disability rights activist, director (NCPEDP), and founder of the Disability Rights Group, dies of a chest infection at 53
  • 2019 Juan Corona, Mexican born American serial killer, dies in prison at 85