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1933 - U.S.A. Franklin D. Roosevelt
1933 : Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 32nd president of the United States pledging to lead the country out of the Great Depression.

1936 - Germany Hindenburg First Official Flight
1936 : The Hindenburg makes it's first official flight in Germany. The Hindenburg built by the Zeppelin Company was 804 ft long filled with highly inflammable hydrogen to provide the lift and four 1,200 hp Daimler-Benz diesel engines giving the airship a maximum speed of 135 km/h (84 mph). To put this in context The Hindenburg was three times the length of a current Jumbo Jet and could carry less than 100 people including passengers and crew. ( Jumbo Jet carries circa 500 including passengers and crew )

1987 - U.S.A. Iran Contra Affair
1987 : President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation on the Iran-Contra affair, acknowledging that talks with Iran had turned into an arms for hostages negotiation.

1989- U.S.A. Time Inc. and Warner Merge
1989 : Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc. announce plans to merge into the world's largest media and entertainment conglomerate.


1801- U.S.A. Thomas Jefferson
1801 : Thomas Jefferson who had been the principal author of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 became the Third President of the United States.

1793 - U.S.A. George Washington
1793 : The Electoral College elected Washington unanimously for a second term and on This Day 1793 he was inaugurated for a second term in the Senate Chamber of Congress Hall in Philadelphia, PA with John Adams as Vice President.

1902 - U.S.A. Triple AAA Started
1902 : A very useful company called AAA (American Automobile Association) was founded on this day. Before this time, other companies dealing with automobile concerns had existed. However, none of them seemed to last, and to this date AAA is one of the largest automobile organizations established.

1920 - U.S.A. Volstead Act
1920 : By this time the Volstead Act and the 18th Amendment were passed. Both of these pieces of legislation covered various aspects of alcohol prohibition, and a motion was filed to declare these laws unconstitutional. The 18th Amendment was passed by Congress as early as 1917, and the Volstead Act was passed in 1919. These were finally declared unconstitutional in the year 1933. FAQ About Prohibition

1925 - U.S.A. Surplus Sales
1925 : Even during this time in history surplus military goods were being offered. In this case, about $150 million dollars worth of Navy goods were being offered to citizens of Charleston.

1952 - U.S.A. The Old Man and the Sea
1952 : Ernest Hemingway had finished a novel entitled The Old Man and the Sea on this day. This book had one the Pulitzer prize about a year later (1953) Unfortunately, Hemingway had committed suicide in the year 1961, making The Old and the Sea Hemingway’s last major work of fiction created.

1954 - US Warns Spread of Communism
1954 : The U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles had stated a warning about communism around the world. He mentioned the possibility of it spreading to the Western Hemisphere, and in fact communism had at this time. One of the main focuses was the leftist government of Guatemala. This was one of the main areas where the communist has been known to already take root. Dwight D. Eisenhower was also convinced of the spread of communism in this area, and took the stand that it should be eliminated.

1962 - Mozambique Plane Crash
1962 : A total of 111 people riding aboard the British DC-7C airliner had lost their lives when it crashed. This tragedy occurred a little over a mile past the takeoff runway as it began its trip from Lourenco Marques Mozambique.

1965 - U.S.A. Films Highlighting Poverty
1965 : Nun sisters from the Franciscan Order of Nuns showed films of their convents, orphanages, and other centers located in U.S., Canada, and foreign lands. One of the films dealt with the subject of treating paralysis and poverty in North America. Other films touched on different subjects that had affected hospitals located in various poor districts around the world. During the film presentation, students were informed about how they could help fight against poverty by joining different organizations such as the Peace Corps.

1966 - UK John Lennon Quote Upsets America
1966 : John Lennon is interviewed by Maureen Cleave of The London Evening Standard and part of his interview talks about popularity of THE BEATLES and he is quoted as saying "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I do not know what will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity...We're more popular than Jesus now" . The quote repeated later in America upsets The American Bible Belt who protested in the South and Midwest, and conservative groups staged public burnings of Beatles' records and memorabilia. Radio stations banned Beatles music and concert venues cancelled performances.

1969 - England The Kray Twins
1969 : The Kray twins, Ronald and Reginald, are found guilty of the murder of Jack McVitie at the Old Bailey, and face life imprisonment.

1975 - England Charlie Chaplin
1975 : At 86 years old and confined to a wheelchair actor and comedian Charlie Chaplin was knighted by Queen Elizabeth to become Sir Charles Chaplin.

1976 - England Maguire Family Convicted
1976 : A 40-year-old Irish born mother Anne Maguire is jailed for 14 years for possessing explosives at her London home.

1980 - Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe
1980 : Robert Mugabe wins election to become Zimbabwe's first black prime minister.

1989 - England Train Crash
1989 : A train travelling from Horsham to London was hit from behind by another train going from Littlehampton to London at Purley in Surrey with six people dead and 80 injured.

1994 - US Extremists Found Guilty
1994 : Four Muslim Extremists are convicted of the World Trade Center bombing on February 26th, 1993.

2005 - U.S.A. Martha Stewart
2005 : Martha Stewart is released from a federal prison near Alderson, West Virginia, after serving five months for lying about her sale of ImClone stock in 2001.

2005 - United Nations Africa and Aids
2005 : United Nations releases a report that warns that unless action is taken the HIV virus could become an epidemic in Africa with up to 90 million Africans infected. The current number is an estimated 22 million adults and children ( or 5% of the population ) were living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

2006 - George Bush in Pakistan
2006 : George Bush has thanked Pakistan for its role in the War on Terror, but said that more would be needed if al-Qaeda was to be defeated. Visiting Pakistan for 24-hours, President Bush has reaffirmed his country's 'broad and lasting strategic partnership' to the Islamic State, and the Pakistani President has said he looked forward to a new era of cooperation between his country and the U.S. There was no evidence that America would be providing the same sort of nuclear assistance that had just been given to India.

2007 - Iranian Protesters Arrested
2007 : Iran has arrested more than thirty-two of the women who were protesting outside one of Tehran's courthouses. The protesters were complaining about the five women who are on trial for organizing a protest against laws they say are discriminatory against women. These five have been charged with endangering national security, propaganda against the state and taking part in an illegal gathering. The pressure group, Human Rights Watch, has urged an end to their prosecution, and said that the women were only exercising their right to freedom of assembly.

2007 - Kuwaiti Government Resigns
2007 : State television has reported that the government of Kuwait has submitted its resignation to the country's emir. This move comes ahead of a vote of no-confidence in one of its senior ministers. The Health Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah al-Sabah, who is a member of the royal family, had faced accusations of mismanagement and incompetence. The government, which has been in office for eight months, had reportedly failed to secure enough support to avoid defeat in one of its polcies.

2008 - England YouTube Content Criticism
2008 : YouTube is facing criticism and possibly criminal charges for making it too easy for people to upload violent or sexually explicit content to the Internet. A three-minute video showing a mother from South London being sexually assaulted by three boys after her drink had been spiked was seen by 600 viewers on YouTube before it was taken off line. YouTube has said it is impossible to review every video posted, but if a visitor sees content they believe is inappropriate, they can flag it and it will be reviewed.

2008 - McCain Nominated Republican Candidate for President
2008 : Senator John McCain has clinched the Republican presidential nomination from his rival Mike Huckabee. McCain, 71, has surpassed the requisite 1,191 Republican delegates as voters in Ohio, Vermont, Rhode Island and Texas allowed him to cross the necessary threshold. The four-term Arizona senator is preparing to carry the Republican banner for November's presidential election.

2008 - Dungeons and Dragons Creator Dies
2008 : Gary Gygax, the co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons, has died at the age of 69. Gygax, who had developed the game in 1974, had been suffering from health problems for several years. Dungeons and Dragons and its associated video games, books and films have been enormously successful. He has written a number of fantasy books, which include the Greyhawk series of adventure novels. He died at his home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, leaving a wife and six children.

2009 - Ted Kennedy Knighted
2009 : Ted Kennedy has been offered an honorary knighthood. The Queen has agreed the honor for John F. Kennedy's brother for his services to the Northern Ireland peace process. Gordon Brown will be announcing the award during his March 5th address to both houses of Congress.

2011 - Mexican Soldiers Charged With Drug Trafficking
2011 : Thirteen Mexican soldiers were charged with illegally trafficking drugs to Tijuana a city on the United States border. They were caught with almost a ton of methamphetamine as well as thirty kilograms of cocaine. The Mexican ministry of defense declared that it would not tolerate such acts in a country that has been battling with drug trafficking and gangs for years and that the soldiers were to be tried in a military court.

2012 - Poland Train Collision Kills Many New Szczekociny
2012 : A train accident involving the collision of two express trains near the southern town of Szczekociny, Poland killed some sixteen people while injuring another fifty-eight. One of the trains was on the wrong track when the collision occurred.

2012 - Putin Declares Victory in Russian Presidential Election
2012 : Former president and prime minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has declared an election victory to the country's presidential office after polling results indicated he had around sixty percent of the vote. Putin had served two terms as the country's president before spending four years as the prime minister. Opposition and protesters declared the elections wrought with fraud and called for mass protests against the results.

2013 - US Baby with HIV Cured
2013 : Doctors announced that they believed that they successfully cured an infant born with HIV after administering early treatment. The child, now two and a half years in age, had been off medication for a year without showing any signs of the disease.

2014 - New Zealand Duke and Duchess Refused By Maori King
2014 : Maori King Tuheitia refused to meet with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their upcoming tour of New Zealand. The King said that the ninety minutes that would have been allotted for their meeting was not nearly enough time. He also stated that he did not want to be treated like a cultural carnival act, only to be brought out for show.

2014 - United States Presidential Inaugurations (Pre-1953)
2nd John Adams 1797 to 1801
3rd Thomas Jefferson 1801 to 1809
4th James Madison 1809 to 1817
5th James Monroe 1817 to 1825
6th John Quincy Adams 1825 to 1829
7th Andrew Jackson 1829 to 1837
8th Martin Van Buren 1837 to 1841
9th William Henry Harrison 1841 to April 4, 1841 ( Died in Office )
11th James K. Polk 1845 to 1849
12th Zachary Taylor 1849 to July 9th 1850 ( Died in Office )
14th Franklin Pierce 1853 to 1857
15th James Buchanan 1857 to 1861
16th Abraham Lincoln 1861 to April 15th 1865 ( Assassinated )
18th Ulysses S. Grant 1869 to 1877
19th Rutherford B. Hayes 1877 to 1881
20th James A. Garfield 1881 to September 19th 1881 ( Assassinated )
22nd Grover Cleveland 1885 to 1889
23rd Benjamin Harrison 1889 to 1893
24th Grover Cleveland 1893 to 1897
25th William McKinley 1897 to September 14th 1901 ( Assassinated )
27th William Howard Taft 1909 to 1913
28th Woodrow Wilson 1913 to 1921
29th Warren G. Harding 1921 to August 2 1923 ( Died in Office )
31st Herbert Hoover 1929 to 1933
32nd Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933 to April 12th 1945 ( Died In Office )
The following were not inaugurated on March 4th for differing reasons including natural death, assassinations etc of previous president causing change in date

1st George Washington April 30th 1789 to 1797
10th John Tyler April 4th 1841 to 1845
13th Millard Fillmore July 9th 1850 to 1853
17th Andrew Johnson April 15th 1865 to 1869
21st Chester A. Arthur September 19th 1881 to 1885
26th Theodore Roosevelt September 14th 1901 to 1909
30th Calvin Coolidge August 2 1923 to 1929
33rd Harry S. Truman April 12th 1945 to January 20th 1953
In 1953 the date for Presidential Inaugurations was changed to January 20th. Check January 20th for later Presidential Inaugurations.

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Patricia Heaton
Born: March 4th 1958 Bay Village, Ohio, United States
Known For : Patricia Heaton is best known her role as Ray Barone's wife Debra on the CBS TV sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. She is currently to be seen on the comedy series The Middle. Her earlier TV shows include thirtysomething.