The Commercial Appeal



Today is Saturday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2023. There are 302 days left in the year. On this date in:

1789: The Constituti­on of the United States went into effect as the first Federal Congress met in New York. (The lawmakers then adjourned for lack of a quorum.)

1863: The Idaho Territory was created. 1865: President Abraham Lincoln was inaugurate­d for a second term of office; with the end of the Civil War in sight, Lincoln declared: “With malice toward none, with charity for all.” 1917: Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana took her seat as the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representa­tives, the same day President Woodrow Wilson took his oath of office for a second term (it being a Sunday, a private ceremony was held inside the U.S. Capitol; a second, public swearing-in took place the next day).

1933: Franklin D. Roosevelt took office as America’s 32nd president.

1966: John Lennon of The Beatles was quoted in the London Evening Standard as saying, “We’re more popular than Jesus now,” a comment that caused an angry backlash in the United States.

1981: A jury in Salt Lake City convicted Joseph Paul Franklin, an avowed racist and serial killer, of violating the civil rights of two Black men, Ted Fields and David Martin, who’d been shot to death. (Franklin received two life sentences for this crime; he was executed in 2013 for the 1977 murder of a Jewish man, Gerald Gordon.)

1987: President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation on the Iran-contra affair, acknowledg­ing that his overtures to Iran had “deteriorat­ed” into an arms-for-hostages deal.

1994: In New York, four extremists were convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that killed six people and injured more than a thousand. Actor-comedian John Candy died in Durango, Mexico, at age 43.

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