Today’s Highlight in History:
One hundred years ago, on March 4, 1902, the American Automobile Association was founded in Chicago.
On this date:
In 1681, England’s King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn for an area of land that later became Pennsylvania.
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.)
In 1829, an unruly crowd mobbed the White House during the inaugural reception for President Jackson..
In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated president, pledging to lead the country out of the Great Depression.
In 1933, the start of President Roosevelt’s first administration brought with it the first woman to serve in the Cabinet: Labor Secretary Frances Perkins.
In 1952, 50 years ago, actors Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis were married in San Fernando Valley, Calif.
In 1981, a jury in Salt Lake City convicted Joseph Paul Franklin, an avowed racist, of violating the civil rights of two black men who were shot to death.
Ten years ago:
Another round of Middle East peace negotiations concluded in Washington, D.C., with Israel rejecting a plan for Palestinian elections.
Five years ago:
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. President Clinton barred spending federal money on human cloning.
One year ago:
President George W. Bush dedicated a $4 billion aircraft carrier in honor of former President Reagan. An oceanside memorial was held in Hawaii for 9 people from a Japanese fishing boat who were killed when their vessel was accidentally sunk by a U.S. submarine.