Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, March 1, the 60th day of 2018. There are 305 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On March 1, 1790, President George Washington signed a measure authorizing the first United States Census. (Census Day was Aug. 2, 1790.)

On this date:

In 1565, the city of Rio de Janeiro was founded by Portuguese knight Estacio de Sa.

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

In 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state as President Andrew Johnson signed a proclamation.

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 1932, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, New Jersey. (Remains identified as those of the child were found the following May.)

In 1940, “Native Son” by Richard Wright was first published by Harper & Brothers.

In 1954, four Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the spectators’ gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five members of Congress. 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 1968, Johnny Cash married June Carter at the First Methodist Church in Franklin, Kentucky.

In 1971, 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 1981, Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands began a hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland; he died 65 days later.

In 1990, the controversial Seabrook, New Hampshire, nuclear power plant won federal permission to go on line after two decades of protests and legal struggles.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush, speaking at his Texas ranch, declined to promise more U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq before leaving, underscoring the need for a strong military presence during Iraqi provincial elections. The USS New York, an amphibious assault ship built with scrap steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center, was christened at Avondale, Louisiana. New York’s famed Plaza Hotel reopened after a three-year, $400 million renovation.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama, still deadlocked with Republican congressional leaders, formally enacted $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts a few hours before the midnight deadline required by law. Actress Bonnie Franklin, who played divorced mom Ann Romano on the long-running sitcom “One Day at a Time,” died in Los Angeles at age 69.

One year ago: Former Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke was sworn in as secretary of the Interior Department by Vice President Mike Pence, hours after being confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 68-31. The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, told The Associated Press that the two accountants responsible for the best-picture flub at the Academy Awards (in which “La La Land” was initially named the winner instead of “Moonlight”) would never work the Oscars again. Paula Fox, author of “Poor George” and “Desperate Characters,” died in New York at age 93.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Robert Clary is 92. Singer Harry Belafonte is 91. Actor Robert Conrad is 83. Rock singer Mike D’Abo (Manfred Mann) is 74. Former Sen. John Breaux, D-La., is 74. Rock singer Roger Daltrey is 74. Actor Dirk Benedict is 73. Actor-director Ron Howard is 64. Country singer Janis Gill (aka Janis Oliver Cummins) (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) is 64. Actress Catherine Bach is 63. Actor Tim Daly is 62. Singer-musician Jon Carroll is 61. Rock musician Bill Leen is 56. Actor Bryan Batt is 55. Actor Maurice Bernard is 55. Actor Russell Wong is 55. Actor Chris Eigeman is 53. Actor John David Cullum is 52. Actor George Eads is 51. Actor Javier Bardem (HAH’-vee-ayr bahr-DEHM’) is 49. Actor Jack Davenport is 45. Rock musician Ryan Peake (Nickelback) is 45. Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar is 44. Singer Tate Stevens is 43. Actor Jensen Ackles is 40. TV host Donovan Patton is 40. Rock musician Sean Woolstenhulme (WOOL’-sten-hyoolm) is 37. Actress Lupita Nyong’o is 35. Pop singer Kesha (formerly Ke$ha) is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sammie is 31. Pop singer Justin Bieber is 24.

Thought for Today: “Keep the circus going inside you, keep it going, don’t take anything too seriously, it’ll all work out in the end.” — David Niven, British actor (born this date in 1910, died 1983).

(Above Advance for Use Thursday, March 1)

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