Sunday, March 4, 2012

4th of March

Today is the 63rd day of the year, with only 302 days remaining until the new year.

1493 - Christopher Columbus arrives back in Lisbon, Portugal, aboard his ship the Nina, from his voyage to what is now the Bahamas and other islands in the Caribbean.

1519 - Hernan Cortes arrives in Mexico in search of the Aztec civilization and their vast wealth.

1628 - The Massachusetts Bay Colony is granted a royal charter.

1681 - Charles II grants a land charter to William Penn for the area that will later become Pennsylvania.

1776 - The Continental Army fortifies Dorchester Heights with cannon, leading the British troops to abandon the Siege of Boston.

1789 - In New York City, the first Congress of the United States meets, putting the United States Constitution into effect.

1791 - Vermont is admitted to the U.S. as the 14th state.

1794 - The Eleventh Amendment to the Constitution is passed by Congress.

1797 - In the first ever peaceful transfer of power between elected leaders in modern times, John Adams is sworn in as the Second President.

1861 - The first national flag of the Confederate States of America, "The Stars and Bars" is adopted.

1917 - Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first female member of the United States House of Representatives.

1918 - The first case of Spanish flu occurs, the start of the devastating worldwide pandemic.

1933 - Frances Perkins becomes the Secretary of Labor, the first female member of the United States Cabinet.

1974 - People magazine is published for the first time.

1985 - The Food and Drug Administration approves a blood test for AIDS, used since then for screening all blood donations in the U.S.

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