Famous Deaths for 4th March 2024

1733 – Claude de Forbin, French naval commander, dies at 76
1903 – Joseph Henry Shorthouse, English writer (John Inglesant), dies at 68
1976 – Walter H. Schottky, German physicist (Thermodynamik), dies at 89
1978 – Wesley Bolin, former Governor of the U.S. State of Arizona (b. 1909)
1990 – Hank Gathers, American basketball player (b. 1967)
2004 – Stephen Sprouse, American fashion designer (b. 1953)
2006 – Jan Felderhof, Dutch violinist and composer, dies at 98
2010 – Raimund Abraham, Austrian architect (b. 1933)
2011 – Johnny Preston, American pop singer (Running Bear), dies at 71
2011 – Vivienne Harris, British businesswoman and newspaper publisher (b.c. 1921)

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Historical Events for 4th March 2024

1793 – Washington’s 2nd inauguration as US President, shortest speech (133 words)
1881 – California becomes 1st state to pass plant quarantine legislation
1894 – Great fire in Shanghai; over 1,000 buildings destroyed
1901 – Term of George H. White, last of post-Reconstruction US congressmen, ends
1910 – Avalanche at Bear Creek in Rogers Pass, British Columbia, kills 58 railway line workers – Canada’s worst avalanche disaster
1925 – US President Coolidge’s inauguration broadcast live on 21 radio stations
1931 – West Indies beat Australia for the 1st time, by 30 runs at SCG
1933 – Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss dissolves Austrian parliament
1947 – WWJ (now WDIV) TV channel 4 in Detroit, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
1995 – Michael Johnson runs world record 400m indoor (44.63 sec)

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Today in History for 4th March 2024

Historical Events

1804 – The Battle of Vinegar Hill, colony of New South Wales (Australia), when Irish convicts (some of whom had been involved in Ireland’s Battle of Vinegar Hill in 1798) led the colony’s only significant convict uprising.
1868 – 30th Grand National: George Ede victorious aboard Irish 9/1 shot The Lamb; horse wins second GN in 1871
1881 – California becomes 1st state to pass plant quarantine legislation
1970 – Jacksonville is 1st college basketball team to avg 100+ pts per game
1977 – 1st CRAY 1 supercomputer shipped, to Los Alamos Laboratories, New Mexico
2020 – “Once in a century” winter in Moscow the hottest in 140 years, with 7.5° C (13.5° F) above average temperatures and virtually no snow

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Famous Birthdays

1754 – Benjamin Waterhouse, American physician co-founder of Harvard Medical School, and smallpox vaccine pioneer, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1846)
1765 – Charles Dibdin, British composer, author (Sea Songs), and actor, baptized in Hampshire, England (d. 1814)
1877 – Garrett Morgan, American inventor (gas mask and traffic signal), born in Claysville, Kentucky (d. 1963)
1917 – Clyde McCullough, American baseball player (d. 1982)
1932 – Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, American custom hot rod car designer, born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2001)
1947 – Jan Garbarek, Norwegian jazz saxophonist, born in Mysen, Norway

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Famous Deaths

1733 – Claude de Forbin, French naval commander, dies at 76
1858 – Matthew C. Perry, Commodore of the United States Navy who opened Japan to Western influence and trade, dies of rheumatism at 63
1866 – Alexander Campbell, Irish-American clergyman and Founder of Disciples of Christ, dies at 77
1989 – James A. Parsons, American metallurgist and inventor (stainless steel), dies at 88
2007 – Sunil Kumar Mahato, Indian parliamentarian, assassinated by Communist rebels at 41
2012 – Runako Morton, West Indian cricketer, dies in a traffic collision at 33

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Famous Deaths for 3rd March 2024

1855 – Robert Mills, American engineer and architect (Washington Monument on the National Mall), dies at 73
1953 – James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 77
1961 – Paul Wittgenstein, Austrian-born left-handed pianist, dies at 72
1983 – Hergé [Georges Prosper Remi], Belgian comic book creator (The Adventures of Tintin), dies at 75
1988 – Sewall Wright, US geneticist (evolution model), dies at 98
1991 – Arthur Murray [Moses Teichman], American ballroom dancer and businessman (Arthur Murray Dance Party), dies at 95 of pneumonia
1995 – Gilbert Gadoffre, French scholar (Professor of French) and Wartime resister, dies at 84
1996 – Meyer Schapiro, Lithuanian-born American art historian, dies at 91
2007 – Osvaldo Cavandoli, Italian cartoonist and creator of “La Linea” animated cartoons, dies at 87
2016 – Martin Crowe, New Zealand cricketer and batsman, dies of cancer at 53

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Historical Events for 3rd March 2024

1845 – Florida becomes 27th state of the Union
1893 – US Congress authorizes 1st federal road agency, in Department of Agriculture
1931 – “The Star-Spangled Banner” officially becomes US national anthem by congressional resolution; lyrics by Francis Scott Key in 1814, set to John Stafford Smith’s 18th century tune “The Anacreontic Song”
1943 – Bethnal Green Tube disaster: 173 die in a stampede sheltering in an air raid, UK’s greatest loss of civilian life in WWII (details censored till January 20 1945)
1943 – Battle of the Bismarck Sea: Australian and American air forces devastate Japanese navy convoy
1950 – National-American Football League reverts to calling itself the NFL after 3 months
1959 – British government arrests Hastings Banda of Nyasaland, ends emergency crisis
1978 – 1st day of Test cricket for Desmond Haynes (WI v Australia)
1980 – Pierre Trudeau sworn in, for the second time, as the 17th Prime Minister of Canada
2004 – Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazilian rival AmBev agreed to merge in a $11.2 billion deal forming InBev, the world’s largest brewer

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Today in History for 3rd March 2024

Historical Events

1905 – US Forest Service forms
1917 – First major strike of the Russian “February Revolution” starts at the giant Putilov factory in Petrograd [OS=Feb 18]
1942 – 1st combat flight for Canadian British-built Avro Lancaster bomber
1981 – NY Islanders and Edmonton Oilers play to an 8-8 tie
1992 – Charges are filed in Florida against NY Mets Darryl Boston, Vince Coleman and Dwight Gooden of rape (dropped in April)
2021 – Great apes at San Diego Zoo reported given experimental COVID-19 vaccine designed for animals after earlier outbreak among the gorillas (San Diego, California)

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Famous Birthdays

1814 – Charles Kensington Salaman, British pianist and synagogue music composer, born in London, England (d. 1901)
1880 – Florence Auer, American actress (Eradicating Aunty), born in Albany, New York (d. 1962)
1893 – Beatrice Wood, American artist, ceramist and editor (The Blind Man, inspiration for Titanic film character Rose), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1998)
1913 – Roger Caillois, French writer and scholar (Les Jeux et les Hommes), born in Reims, France (d. 1978)
1920 – Julius Boros, American golfer (PGA C’ship 1968, US Open 1952, 63), born in Fairfield, Connecticut (d. 1994)
1945 – Farooq Hamid, cricketer (1-107 in Test, Pakistan v Australia 1964)

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Famous Deaths

1459 – Ausiàs March, Catalan poet of Valencian literature, dies at 59
1927 – J.G. Parry-Thomas, Welsh motor-racing driver (b. 1884)
1973 – Vera Panova, Russian author and journalist (Sputniki), dies at 67
1996 – Ludwig Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord, German journalist, dies at 76
2000 – Toni Ortelli, Italian composer (“La Montanara” (The Song of the Mountains), conductor, and alpinist, dies at 95
2004 – Cecily Adams, American actress and casting director (b. 1958)

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Famous Deaths for 2nd March 2024

1835 – Francis II, last Holy Roman Emperor (1792-1806), Emperor of Austria (1804-35) dies at 67
1882 – Louis Kufferath, German-Belgian composer, dies at 70
1967 – José Martínez Ruiz, Spanish poet and writer (b. 1873)
1981 – Tony Gulotta, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1927 3rd), dies at 78
1992 – Sandy Dennis, American Tony and Academy Award-winning stage and screen actress (Any Wednesday; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?; The Out-of-Towners), dies of ovarian cancer at 54
1998 – Henry Steele Commager, American historian (Atlas of Civil War), dies at 95
2001 – John Diamond, British journalist, dies of cancer at 47
2012 – Nydia Ecury, celebrated Afro-Dutch writer, translator and actress (Kantika pa Mama Tera), dies at 86
2013 – Robert Feenstra, Dutch law historian, dies at 92
2023 – Rafael Viñoly, Uruguayan-American architect (20 Fenchurch Street (London); Kimmel Center (Philadelphia); Booth School of Business (Chicago)), dies of an aneurysm at 78

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Historical Events for 2nd March 2024

1865 – Freedman’s Bureau founded for Black Education, 1865
1888 – The Convention of Constantinople signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace
1934 – Union Pacific tests light-weight high-speed passenger train, Omaha
1939 – Massachusetts Legislature votes to ratify the US Bill of Rights – 147 years late
1986 – Edmonton’s Finnish right wing Jari Kurri scores 2 goals, including the overtime winner, to lead Oilers to a 2-1 win over Philadelphia; Kurri, 100 points for the 4th straight NHL season
1991 – “La Bete” closes at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC after 24 performances
1996 – Despite Sachin Tendulkar’s masterful 137 in India’s 3 for 272, Sri Lanka wins Cricket World Cup match in Delhi by 6 wickets; Sanath Jayasuriya 79, Hashan Tillakaratne 70no
2000 – Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet heads home after being told the UK would not extradite him on torture charges
2021 – Six books by Dr. Seuss will cease publication because of racist and insensitive imagery according to Dr. Seuss Enterprises
2023 – UN confirms it will ignore statements made by an Indian guru and now fugitive from the fictional country of the United States of Kailasa, made attending official UN events in Geneva

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Today in History for 2nd March 2024

Historical Events

1861 – Government Printing Office purchases 1st printing plant, Washington
1925 – Japan’s House of Representatives recognizes male suffrage
1965 – Montcalm Community College founded in Sidney, Mich
1989 – GreenLeft (GroenLinks) political party forms from merger of four left-wing parties: the Communist Party, the Pacifist Socialist Party, the Political Party of Radicals, and the Evangelical People’s Party in the Netherlands
2002 – U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: US conventional forces first deployed as part of Operation Anaconda
2014 – President Vladimir Putin receives unanimous approval from Russia’s parliament to send troops to Ukraine

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Famous Birthdays

1769 – DeWitt Clinton, American politician (Senator, Governor and Mayor of New York, had Erie Canal constructed), born in Little Britain, New York (d. 1828)
1779 – Joel Roberts Poinsett, American statesman and botanist (d. 1851)
1916 – Bernard George Stevens, British composer, born in London, England (d. 1983)
1947 – Harry Redknapp, English soccer winger (West Ham United; AFC Bournemouth) and manager (Bournemouth, West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth, QPR, Southampton), born in London, England
1952 – Mark Evanier, American writer
1954 – Pete Johnson, American football running back (Pro Bowl, 2nd Team All Pro 1981; Cincinnati Bengals; Ohio State University), born in Fort Valley, Georgia

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Famous Deaths

1127 – Charles, the Good, Count of Flanders, murdered
1943 – Alexandre Yersin, Swiss French bacteriologist (discovered bubonic plague bacillus), dies at 79
1985 – John Kelly Jr, American rower (Olympic bronze single sculls 1956; president US Olympic Committee 1985) and brother of Grace Kelly, dies at 57
1994 – Charles Brink, German-born British classical scholar (Horace), dies at 86
2015 – Mal Peet, British children’s author, dies at 67
2017 – Simon Hobday, South African golfer (US Senior Open 1994), dies of cancer at 76

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Famous Deaths for 1st March 2024

1244 – Gruffydd ap Llywelyn Fawr, son of Welsh leader Llywelyn the Great, dies trying to escape from the Tower of London (b. 1200)
1929 – Royal H. Weller, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 47
1956 – Henriette Renié, French harp prodigy, composer, and teacher, dies at 80
1976 – Jean Martinon, French conductor and composer, dies at 66
1994 – Timothy Andrew James Souster, British composer, dies at 51
1994 – Eliseo Diego, Cuban poet, dies at 74
2007 – Joel Brodsky, American photographer, credited with photographing over 400 album covers, dies of a heart attack at 67
2010 – Kristian Digby, British television presenter and director, dies at 32
2016 – Jim Kimsey, American co-founder of AOL, dies at 76
2020 – Stefan Lindqvist, Swedish soccer midfielder (5 caps; IFK Göteborg), dies from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 52

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