Today is Friday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2005. There are 302 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On March 4, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated president, pledging to lead the country out of the Great Depression. (The start of President Roosevelt’s first administration brought with it the first woman to serve in the Cabinet: Labor Secretary Frances Perkins.)
On this date:
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 1791, Vermont became the 14th state.
In 1837, the Illinois state legislature granted a city charter to Chicago.
In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated president.
In 1902, the American Automobile Association was founded in Chicago.
In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge’s inauguration was broadcast live on 21 radio stations coast-to-coast.
In 1952, 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.
In 1987, President Reagan addressed the nation on the Iran-Contra affair, acknowledging his overtures to Iran had “deteriorated” into an arms-for-hostages deal.
In 1994, in New York, four extremists were convicted of the World Trade Center bombing that killed six people and injured more than 1,000.
Ten years ago: 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.
Five years ago: Ahead of Super Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush charged John McCain with “clouded” education views while the Arizona senator asked, “Where’s the outrage?” over a late surge of money to pay for negative TV ads.
One year ago: Mounir el Motassadeq, the only person in the world convicted in the 9-11 attacks, won a retrial in a German appeals court.
Today’s birthdays: Folk singer Miriam Makeba is 73. Actress-singer Barbara McNair is 71. Actress Paula Prentiss is 66. Movie director Adrian Lyne is 64. Singer Bobby Womack is 61. Rock musician Chris Squire (Yes) is 57. Singer Shakin’ Stevens is 57. Singer Chris Rea is 54. Actor Ronn Moss is 53. Actress Kay Lenz is 52. Musician Emilio Estefan is 52. Movie director Scott Hicks is 52. Actress Catherine O’Hara is 51. Actress Patricia Heaton is 47. Actor Mykelti Williamson is 45. Actor Steven Weber is 44. Rock musician Jason Newsted is 42. Actress Stacy Edwards is 40. Rapper Grand Puba is 39. Rock musician Patrick Hannan (The Sundays) is 39. Rock singer Evan Dando (Lemonheads) is 38. Actress Patsy Kensit is 37. Chastity Bono is 36. Actor Nick Stabile is 35. Rock musician Fergal Lawler (The Cranberries) is 34. Country singer Jason Sellers is 34. Jazz musician Jason Marsalis is 28. Actress Jenna Boyd is 12.
Thought for today: “When a man gets up to speak, people listen, then look. When a woman gets up, people look; then, if they like what they see, they listen.” — Pauline Frederick, American broadcast journalist (1908-1990).