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TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT

- — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

On March 1, 1954, four Puerto Rican nationalis­ts opened fire from the spectators’ gallery of the U.S. House of Representa­tives, wounding five members of Congress.

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In 1781, the Continenta­l Congress declared the Articles of Confederat­ion to be in force, following ratificati­on by Maryland.

In 1893, inventor Nikola

Tesla first publicly demonstrat­ed radio during a meeting of the National Electric Light Associatio­n in St. Louis by transmitti­ng electromag­netic energy without wires.

In 1954, the United States detonated a dry-fuel hydrogen bomb, codenamed Castle Bravo, at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order establishi­ng the Peace Corps.

In 1966, the Soviet space probe Venera 3 impacted the surface of Venus, becoming the first spacecraft to reach another planet; however, Venera was unable to transmit any data, its communicat­ions system having failed.

In 197 1, a bomb went off inside a men’s room at the U.S. Capitol; the radical group Weather Undergroun­d claimed responsibi­lity for the pre-dawn blast.

In 1974, seven people, including former Nixon

White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman, former Attorney General John Mitchell and former assistant Attorney General Robert Mardian, were indicted on charges of conspiring to obstruct justice in connection with the Watergate break-in. (These four defendants were convicted in Jan.

1975, although Mardian’s conviction was later reversed.)

In 2005, Dennis Rader, the churchgoin­g family man accused of leading a double life as the BTK serial killer, was charged in Wichita, Kansas, with 10 counts of first-degree murder. (Rader later pleaded guilty and received multiple life sentences.) A closely divided Supreme Court outlawed the death penalty for juvenile criminals.

In 2010, Jay Leno returned as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”

In 2015, tens of thousands marched through Moscow in honor of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who had been shot to death on Feb. 27.

Ten years ago: Yemen’s embattled president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, accused the U.S., his closest ally, of instigatin­g the mounting protests against him, but the gambit failed to slow the momentum of his ouster. Five years ago: In the

Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses, Republican Donald Trump won

Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachuse­tts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia; Ted Cruz won Alaska, Oklahoma and his home state of Texas; Marco Rubio won Minnesota. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton won Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachuse­tts, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia while Bernie Sanders prevailed in Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma and his home state of Vermont.

One year ago: Health officials in Washington state, announcing what was believed at the time to be the second U.S. death from the coronaviru­s, said the virus may have been circulatin­g for weeks undetected in the Seattle area. (Earlier deaths in the Seattle area and in California were subsequent­ly linked to the virus.)

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