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On March fourth, 1789, the
Constitution of the United States went into
effect as the first Federal Congress met in New
York. (The lawmakers then adjourned for the lack
of a quorum.)
On this date:
In 1791, Vermont became the 14th state.
In 1829, an unruly crowd
mobbed the White House during the inaugural
reception for President Jackson.
In 1837, the
Illinois state legislature granted a city charter
In 1861, Abraham
Lincoln was inaugurated president.
In 1902, the
American Automobile Association was founded in
In 1925, President
Calvin Coolidge's inauguration was broadcast live
on 21 radio stations coast-to-coast.
In 1933, Franklin
D. Roosevelt was inaugurated president, pledging
to lead the country out of the Great Depression.
In 1933, the start
of President Roosevelt's first administration
brought with it the first woman to serve in the
Cabinet: Labor Secretary Frances Perkins.
In 1952, Ronald
Reagan and Nancy Davis were married in San
Fernando Valley, California.
In 1989, Time
Incorporated and Warner Communications
Incorporated announced plans to merge into the
world's largest media and entertainment
Ten years ago:
Voters in the Soviet republics of Russia,
Byelorussia and the Ukraine participated in local
and legislative elections, resulting in notable
gains for reformists and nationalists.
Five years ago:
President Clinton, in his weekly radio address,
said spending cuts proposed by congressional
Republicans would gut safe-school and anti-drug
programs needed to protect children.
One year ago:
Outraging Italian authorities, a military jury in
North Carolina cleared a Marine pilot of charges
he was flying recklessly when his jet sliced
through a ski gondola cable in the Alps, sending
20 people plunging to their deaths. Retired
Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, who
wrote the 1973 decision that legalized abortion
nationwide, died in Arlington, Virginia, at age
"The world fears a
new experience more than it fears anything.
Because a new experience displaces so many old
D.H. Lawrence, English author (1885-1930).