Henry "Curt Mantle", "Fitz-Empress", "Lion of Justice", later to become Henry II, King of England born in Le Mans, France
Fredrick I "Barbarrossa" elected King of Germany
Prince Henry the Navigator, sponsored Portuguese voyages of discovery born
Coronation of Edward IV, King of England
Death of St. Casimir of Poland
Columbus returns to Lisbon, Portugal
Massachusetts Bay Company re-chartered
John Cole opens the first tavern in Boston
Vivaldi was born seven years before the birth of the other great Baroque composers, Bach, Handel and Scarlatti (all born in 1685). Vivaldi became a priest. Gradually Vivaldi eased his way back to private life, though he was friendly with the Pope. born
Antonio Vivaldi, late Baroque violin virtuoso and composer. born
England's King Charles the Second granted a charter to William Penn for an area of land that later became Pennsylvania.
Polish-born American patriot Casimir Pulaski born
Scottish artist Sir Henry Raeburn born
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.)
Vermont became the 14th state.
John Adams was inaugurated the second president of the United States.
Thomas Jefferson became the first president to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C.
The "spoils system" was introduced by President Andrew Jackson when he appointed Simon Cameron as a reward for political assistance.
An unruly crowd mobbed the White House during the inaugural reception for President Jackson.
Halftone engraving was used for the first time as the "Daily Graphic" was published in New York City.
Eliza Ballou Garfield became the first mother of a U.S. President to live in the executive mansion. She moved into the White House with her son, the President, James.
Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne born
William McKinley was sworn in as the 25th president.
The American Automobile Association was founded in Chicago.
Jeanette Rankin, a Montana Republican, was sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives and became the first woman to serve in Congress.
Calvin Coolidge took the oath of office this day in Washington. The presidential inauguration was broadcast on radio for the very first time.
"The Redhead", Red Barber, began his radio career this day. Barber broadcast on WRUF at the University of Florida in Gainsville. He soon became one of the best known sports voices in America.
Folk singer Miriam Makeba born
The start of President Roosevelt's first administration brought with it the first woman to serve in the Cabinet: Labor Secretary Frances Perkins.
English auto racing champion Jimmy Clark born
Actress Paula (Ragusa) Prentiss (What's New Pussycat; Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Where the Boys Are) born
Actress Barbara McNair (Change of Habit, They Call Me Mr. Tibbs) born
Movie director Adrian Lyne ("Fatal Attraction") born
Singer Shakin' Stevens born
Rock musician Chris Squire (Yes) born
Walt Disney's Cinderella was released. It was the first full-length, animated, feature film in eight years for the man who brought us Mickey Mouse
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis were married in San Fernando Valley, California.
President Harry Truman dedicated the Courier, the first seagoing radio broadcasting station, in ceremonies in Washington, DC.
Musician Emilio Estefan born
Movie director Scott Hicks ("Shine") born
Actress Catherine O'Hara born
Actor Mykelti Williamson born
Actor Steven Weber ("Wings") born
Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini (middleweight boxer) born
Rock musician Jason Newsted (Metallica) born
Actress Stacy Edwards ("Chicago Hope") born
Rock musician Patrick Hannan (The Sundays) born
Rock singer Evan Dando (Lemonheads) born
Actress Patsy Kensit. born
Rock musician Fergal Lawler (The Cranberries) born
Country singer Jason Sellers born
More than 15-hundred people were killed in an earthquake that shook southern and eastern Europe.
Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care was published with Dr. Michael Rothenberg sharing authorship with Dr. Benjamin Spock, "The Baby Doc". It was the fifth edition of the book to be published
President Reagan addressed the nation on the Iran-Contra affair, acknowledging his overtures to Iran had "deteriorated" into an arms-for-hostages deal.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the nation's civilian unemployment rate had dropped the previous month to five-point-seven percent.
Time Incorporated and Warner Communications Incorporated announced plans to merge into the world's largest media and entertainment conglomerate.
Eastern Airlines machinists went on strike, and were joined by pilots and flight attendants
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.
Iraq released ten allied prisoners-of-war (a second group was freed the following day).
Another round of Middle East peace negotiations concluded in Washington DC with Israel rejecting a plan for Palestinian elections.
The Milwaukee Symphony and Chorus performed the Verdi "Requiem" scrapping the original plans to do his "Stabat Mater." The concert was a homage to the Milwaukee Chorus's late director Margaret Hawkins.
Authorities announced the arrest of Mohammad Salameh, a suspect in the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York. (Salameh was later convicted of playing a key role in the attack.)
In New York, four extremists were convicted of the World Trade Center bombing that killed six people and injured more than a thousand. The space shuttle Columbia blasted off on a two-week mission
Actor-comedian John Candy died in Durango, Mexico, at age 43.
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
A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Tel Aviv shopping center, killing 13 people in the fourth deadly attack in nine days.
Jury selection began in Little Rock, Arkansas, in the trial of President Clinton's Whitewater partners, James and Susan McDougal, and the man who succeeded him as Arkansas governor, Jim Guy Tucker (James McDougal and Tucker were later convicted of fraud and conspiracy; Susan McDougal was convicted of fraud).
Country comedian Minnie Pearl died in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 83.
Declaring the creation of life "a miracle that reaches beyond laboratory science," President Clinton barred spending federal money on human cloning.
President Clinton visited the scene of tornado destruction in his home state of Arkansas, where he also declared Ohio and Kentucky disaster areas because of floods
A judge ordered Miami to hold a new mayoral election, saying widespread absentee-ballot fraud played a role in the victory of Xavier Suarez the previous fall.
The Supreme Court ruled that sexual harassment at work can be illegal even when the offender and victim are of the same gender. In a unanimous ruling, the nation's highest court reversed a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling barring such claims. Instead the Supreme Court said there was no language in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits men from suing men or women from suing women for sexual harassment in the workplace.
President Clinton's co-defendant in Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit asked the court to dismiss the case, contending Jones had failed to demonstrate a conspiracy to deprive her of her constitutional rights.
The House of Representatives narrowly passed legislation that would grant self-determination to Puerto Rico for the first time since the island was taken over by the U.S. a century ago. The bipartisan bill would allow Puerto Ricans to vote in a plebiscite by year-end on whether they want to become the 51st state, an independent nation or continue their present status as a U.S. commonwealth. It was passed by just 209-208 votes after 12 hours of heated debate.
Cambodia's military court convicted deposed co-Premier Prince Norodom Ranariddh on a charge of illegally buying and transporting weapons into the country and sentenced him to five years in prison. The guilty verdict against the prince, who was in Thailand and did not attend the trial, was widely expected.
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 90.
Ahead of Super Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush charged John McCain with "clouded" education views while the Arizona senator asked "Where the outrage?" over a late surge of money to pay for negative TV ads.
First Swahili office suite released in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
New Zealand elects first female Speaker
Former Ukrainian minister found dead
Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena freed
Martha Stewart released from prison
Black Box Voting finds anomalies in electronic voting logs of 2004 U.S. election
No hotel previously on site of proposed Buffalo, N.Y. hotel location
Diebold "whistleblower" faces criminal charges in California Diebold
Coca growth up in Bolivia, Peru, claims U.S. State Department
Iranian refugee child granted $400,000 in compensation for "psychological harm"
Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrated by 450,000 people
Bloggers sued by pro-government Malaysian newspaper
Three babies dead within one week at Madrid Hospital
Operation to capture rebel leader surges violence in East Timor
Kraft Canada recalls cookies after reports of 'sharp metal objects' baked into the cookies
West Ham rocked by stoppage time goal
Sinkhole swallows twelve houses in Guatemala
Iranian president and Saudi king agree to fight sectarian strife
Microsoft wins case against Alcatel
Violence in Kenya kills at least thirteen
Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax dies
National Hockey League news: March 4, 2008
British university falls short of Smurf gathering world record
Conservatives in Alberta, Canada re-elected 11th consecutive time
Northern Ireland's Ian Paisley to resign and retire
Randall Munroe, writer of xkcd, talks about the comic, politics and the internet
U.S. accuses China of developing space warfare
Six people killed in Memphis home
Demonstrations planned to protest internet censorship in Finland
Politicians begin campaigns for Flint, Michigan replacement mayor
Football: FSV Mainz 05 advance to semi-final of DFB Pokal
Scientists say study proves chimps create termite gathering tools
RaÃºl Castro shakes up cabinet in Cuba
International Criminal Court in The Hague issues arrest warrant for leader of Sudan
At least 29 dead after bombings in Iraq
Threat to ships in Malacca Strait, says Singapore Navy
6.4 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan
US reveals Internet security efforts
Wave kills two on Mediterranean cruise
FAA: Jets at New York airport directed by child
At least 60 die in Indian temple stampede
Earthquake, tsunami combo caused devastation in Pichilemu, Chile
British tourists missing in Pichilemu, Chile
US Supreme Court upholds right to picket military funerals
Egyptian prime minister steps down; armed forces appoint former transport minister to position
China asks Syrian regime and opposition to cease fire