Historical Events for 5th March 2024

1179 – 3rd Lateran Council (11th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
1713 – Handel’s “Jubilate” first performance in a public rehearsal at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
1821 – Monroe is 1st US President inaugurated on March 5th, because 4th was Sunday
1864 – 1st track meet between Oxford and Cambridge
1897 – American Negro Academy forms
1924 – Frank Carauna, becomes 1st to bowl 2 successive perfect 300 games
1954 – “Girl in Pink Tights” opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 115 performances
1960 – The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis originates when Alister Hardy publicly announces his idea that ape-human divergence may have been due to a coastal phase.
1981 – Ice Pairs Champ at Hartford won by Irina Vorobieva and I Lisovski (URS)
2012 – Tropical Storm Irina kills 65 in Madagascar

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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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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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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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Historical Events for 1st March 2024

1872 – Yellowstone becomes the world’s 1st national park
1913 – 1First state law requiring bonding of officers and state employees, ND
1941 – Former University of Notre Dame star fullback Elmer Layden is named first Commissioner of the NFL
1953 – After an all-night movie and dinner session with his top advisers, Joseph Stalin suffers a stroke and collapses. He dies four days later.
1966 – Venera 3 becomes 1st man-made object to impact on a planet (Venus)
1991 – 37 year-old Pat Day becomes the 6th jockey in history whose mounts earned $100 million when he rides Wild Sierra to 2nd-place in the 1st race at Oaklawn Park, Arkansas
1992 – “Visit” closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances
1993 – New expansion NHL team, owned in Anaheim, CA by Disney, receives its name, inspired by the 1992 Disney movie ‘The Mighty Ducks’
2003 – Legendary Mount St. Mary’s basketball head coach Jim Phelan wins final game of 49 year career as Mountaineers win 60-56 over Central Connecticut State; Phelan: 830 wins in NCAA record 1,354 games
2004 – Mohammed Bahr al-Uloum becomes President of Iraq.

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Historical Events for 29th February 2024

1868 – 1st British government of Benjamin Disraeli forms
1892 – St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated
1952 – Ice Dance Championship at Paris France won by Westwood and Demmy of Great Britain
1952 – Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Ria Falk and Paul Falk of West Germany
1956 – MLB’s Cleveland Indians franchise is sold for nearly $4m; former player and the team’s general manager Hank Greenberg is part of the new ownership group
1968 – Howard Hanson’s 6th Symphony, premieres
1968 – Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” wins Grammy Award for Album of the Year, the first rock LP to do so
1984 – Swedish center Patrik Sundström scores a goal and adds 6 assists as Vancouver Canucks beat the Penguins 9-5 in Pittsburgh; just the 3rd player in NHL history to record 6 assists in a road game
1988 – New Zealand cricket batsman Mark Greatbatch scores an unbeaten 107 on debut to rescue a draw in 2nd Test v England at Eden Park, Auckland
2004 – 76th Academy Awards: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” Sean Penn and Charlize Theron win

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Historical Events for 28th February 2024

1700 – Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar
1759 – Pope Clement XIII allows Bible to be translated into various languages
1942 – World War II: German submarine U-578 torpedoes US Navy destroyer USS Jacob Jones (DD130) off Cape May, New Jersey, killing all but 11 of 113 man crew
1951 – French government of Pleven dissolves
1951 – Senate committee reports of at least 2 major US crime syndicates
1973 – Iraq and Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) reach an agreement on compensation for nationalization
1993 – Iolanda Chen triple jumps world indoor record hop step (14.46m)
1994 – Brady Law, imposing a wait-period to buy a hand gun in the USA, comes into effect
2004 – 24th Golden Raspberry Awards: “Gigli” wins
2013 – The brains of two rats successfully connected so that they share information

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Historical Events for 27th February 2024

1925 – Adolf Hitler resurrects NSDAP political party in Munich
1933 – Jean Genet’s play “Intermezzo” premieres in Paris
1940 – Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14 (radiocarbon dating) at the University of California Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California
1942 – Battle of Java Sea began: 13 US warships sunk and 2 Japanese
1965 – Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray’s musical “High Spirits”, based on Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit”, closes at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 375 performances
1973 – White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs 3 year $750,000 contract
2002 – Godhra train burning, a Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya
2019 – Doctors announce world’s second known case of semi-identical twins, a boy and girl from Brisbane, Australia
2019 – Actor Luke Perry (52) suffers a stroke in Los Angeles
2019 – First gun control legislation for 25 years passed by US House of Representatives, with new federal background checks

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Historical Events for 26th February 2024

364 – Valentinian I is proclaimed Roman Emperor
1851 – 13th Grand National: Terry Abbott wins aboard Irish stallion Abd-El-Kader at 7/1; first dual winner and first to win back-to-back
1870 – Beach Pneumatic Transit – 1st attempt to demonstrate a subway in New York opens (pneumatic powered)
1881 – PandO’s SS Ceylon begins world’s 1st round-the-world pleasure cruise from Liverpool
1893 – Norwegian Einar Halvorsen skates world record 500m (48 sec)
1941 – Utrecht and Zaandam strike against raid on Jews
1965 – West Germany ceases military aid to Tanzania
1972 – Ireland-Wales Five Nations Rugby match scheduled for Lansdowne Road, Dublin is cancelled because of escalating political situation; Championship not completed for first time since World War II
1982 – Test Cricket debut of batsman Martin Crowe, playing for New Zealand v Australia in Wellington, run out for 9
1989 – California court throws out most of Margo Adams’s $12 million breach-of-contract suit against Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs

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Historical Events for 25th February 2024

1907 – US proclaims protectorate over Dominican Republic
1944 – Alexander Gretchaninov’s “Missa Oecumenica” (Ecumenical Mass) premieres in Boston with Serge Koussevitzky conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra; the composer wrote the work in memory of the conductor’s wife Natalie (1880-1942)
1956 – Nikita Khrushchev denounces Joseph Stalin at the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
1971 – Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark holds a meeting with Catholic Cardinal of Ireland William Conway, the first such meeting between men holding these offices since 1921
1980 – Coup ousts PM Henck Arron of Suriname
1981 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 – NY Islanders give up their most goals (11) vs Calgary Flames
1988 – Bruce Springsteen’s “Tunnel of Love” Tour begins in Worcester, Massachusetts
1990 – On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children and no man can stand her for long
1996 – “Father” closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 52 performances

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