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Saturday 4 March 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • National Grammar Day (United States)

Events

  • 2009 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. Al-Bashir is the first sitting head of state to be indicted by the ICC since its establishment in 2002.
  • 2002 – Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers and 200 Al-Qaeda Fighters are killed as American forces attempt to infiltrate the Shah-i-Kot Valley on a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission.
  • 1998 – Gay rights: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc.: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex.
  • 1986 – The Soviet Vega 1 begins returning images of Halley's Comet and the first images of its nucleus.
  • 1985 – The Food and Drug Administration approves a blood test for AIDS infection, used since then for screening all blood donations in the United States.
  • 1980 – Nationalist leader Robert Mugabe wins a sweeping election victory to become Zimbabwe's first black prime minister.
  • 1974 – People magazine is published for the first time in the United States as People Weekly.
  • 1941 – World War II: The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands; the first large scale British Commando raid.
  • 1933 – Frances Perkins becomes United States Secretary of Labor, the first female member of the United States Cabinet.
  • 1917 – Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first female member of the United States House of Representatives.
  • 1913 – First Balkan War: The Greek army engages the Turks at Bizani, resulting in victory two days later.
  • 1913 – The United States Department of Labor is formed.
  • 1882 – Britain's first electric trams run in east London.
  • 1861 – The first national flag of the Confederate States of America (the "Stars and Bars") is adopted.
  • 1848 – Carlo Alberto di Savoia signs the Statuto Albertino that will later represent the first constitution of the Regno d'Italia.
  • 1814 – Americans defeat British forces at the Battle of Longwoods between London, Ontario and Thamesville, near present-day Wardsville, Ontario.
  • 1797 – John Adams is inaugurated as the 2nd President of the United States of America, becoming the first President to begin his presidency on March 4.
  • 1791 – Vermont is admitted to the United States as the fourteenth state.
  • 1789 – In New York City, the first Congress of the United States meets, putting the United States Constitution into effect. The United States Bill of Rights is written and proposed to Congress.
  • 1776 – American Revolutionary War: The Continental Army fortifies Dorchester Heights with cannon, leading the British troops to abandon the Siege of Boston.
  • 1675 – John Flamsteed is appointed the first Astronomer Royal of England.
  • 852 – Croatian Knez Trpimir I issues a statute, a document with the first known written mention of the Croats name in Croatian sources.

Births

  • 1993 – Bobbi Kristina Brown, American singer and actress (d. 2015)
  • 1992 – Nick Castellanos, American baseball player
  • 1990 – Andrea Bowen, American actress
  • 1986 – Margo Harshman, American actress
  • 1986 – Mike Krieger, Brazilian-American computer programmer and businessman, co-founded Instagram
  • 1985 – Chinedum Ndukwe, American football player
  • 1985 – Whitney Port, American fashion designer and author
  • 1984 – Raven Quinn, American singer-songwriter
  • 1984 – Spencer Larsen, American football player
  • 1984 – Zak Whitbread, American-English footballer
  • 1982 – Cate Edwards, American lawyer and author
  • 1982 – Landon Donovan, American soccer player and coach
  • 1980 – Jack Hannahan, American baseball player
  • 1980 – Michael Henrich, American ice hockey player
  • 1978 – Jean-Marc Pelletier, American ice hockey player
  • 1977 – Traver Rains, American fashion designer and photographer
  • 1975 – Brian McGuire, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1974 – Crowbar, American wrestler
  • 1974 – David Wagner, American tennis player and educator
  • 1974 – Tommy Phelps, South Korean-American baseball player and coach
  • 1973 – Len Wiseman, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1973 – Linus of Hollywood, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1973 – Phillip Daniels, American football player and coach
  • 1972 – Katherine Center, American journalist and author
  • 1972 – Robert Smith, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1967 – Evan Dando, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1966 – Dav Pilkey, American author and illustrator
  • 1966 – Fiona Ma, American accountant and politician
  • 1966 – Grand Puba, American rapper
  • 1966 – Kevin Johnson, American basketball player and politician, 55th Mayor of Sacramento
  • 1966 – Mike Small, American golfer and coach
  • 1965 – Khaled Hosseini, Afghan-born American novelist
  • 1964 – Tom Lampkin, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1963 – Jason Newsted, American heavy metal singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1961 – Ray Mancini, American boxer
  • 1961 – Steven Weber, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1958 – Patricia Heaton, American actress
  • 1957 – Mykelti Williamson, American actor and director
  • 1954 – Catherine O'Hara, Canadian-American actress and comedian
  • 1954 – Mark Chorvinsky, American magician and author (d. 2005)
  • 1954 – Peter Jacobsen, American golfer and sportscaster
  • 1953 – Chris Smith, American lawyer and politician
  • 1953 – Daniel Woodrell American novelist and short story writer
  • 1953 – Emilio Estefan, Cuban-American drummer and producer
  • 1952 – Ronn Moss, American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1952 – Svend Robinson, American-Canadian lawyer and politician
  • 1951 – Sam Perlozzo, American baseball player and manager
  • 1951 – Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, South Korean-American author, director, and producer (d. 1982)
  • 1950 – Rick Perry, American captain and politician, 47th Governor of Texas
  • 1949 – Cookie Mueller, American actress and screenwriter (d. 1989)
  • 1948 – James Ellroy, American writer
  • 1948 – Jean O'Leary, American nun and activist (d. 2005)
  • 1948 – Tom Grieve, American baseball player, manager, and sportscaster
  • 1947 – Bob Lewis, American guitarist
  • 1946 – Danny Frisella, American baseball player (d. 1977)
  • 1946 – Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, American journalist and author
  • 1945 – Gary Williams, American basketball player and coach
  • 1944 – Anthony Ichiro Sanda, Japanese-American physicist and academic
  • 1944 – Bobby Womack, American singer-songwriter (d. 2014)
  • 1942 – Charles C. Krulak, American general
  • 1942 – David Matthews, American keyboard player and composer
  • 1942 – Gloria Gaither, American singer-songwriter
  • 1942 – James Gustave Speth, American lawyer, and politician
  • 1942 – Lynn Sherr, American journalist and author
  • 1941 – James Zagel, American lawyer and judge
  • 1940 – David Plante, American novelist
  • 1939 – Jack Fisher, American baseball player
  • 1938 – Allan Kornblum, American police officer and judge (d. 2010)
  • 1938 – Angus MacLise, American drummer and composer (d. 1979)
  • 1938 – Don Perkins, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1938 – Paula Prentiss, American actress
  • 1937 – Leslie H. Gelb, American journalist and author
  • 1934 – Anne Haney, American actress (d. 2001)
  • 1934 – Barbara McNair, American singer and actress (d. 2007)
  • 1934 – John Duffey, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1996)
  • 1934 – Mario Davidovsky, Argentinian-American composer and academic
  • 1932 – Ed Roth, American illustrator (d. 2001)
  • 1932 – Frank Wells, American businessman (d. 1994)
  • 1931 – Alice Rivlin, American economist and politician
  • 1931 – Bob Johnson, American ice hockey player and coach (d. 1991)
  • 1931 – Wally Bruner, American journalist and television host (d. 1997)
  • 1931 – William Henry Keeler, American cardinal
  • 1929 – Peter Swerling, American theoretician and engineer (d. 2000)
  • 1928 – Samuel Adler, German-American composer and conductor
  • 1927 – Dick Savitt, American tennis player and businessman
  • 1927 – Phil Batt, American soldier and politician, 29th Governor of Idaho
  • 1927 – Robert Orben, American magician and author
  • 1927 – Thayer David, American actor (d. 1978)
  • 1926 – Richard DeVos, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Amway
  • 1924 – Kenneth O'Donnell, American soldier and politician (d. 1977)
  • 1923 – Russell Freeburg, American journalist and author
  • 1922 – Richard E. Cunha, American director and cinematographer (d. 2005)
  • 1921 – Halim El-Dabh, Egyptian-American composer and educator
  • 1919 – Buck Baker, American race car driver (d. 2002)
  • 1918 – Margaret Osborne duPont, American tennis player (d. 2012)
  • 1917 – Clyde McCullough, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1982)
  • 1916 – William Alland, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1997)
  • 1914 – Barbara Newhall Follett, American author (d. 1939)
  • 1914 – Robert R. Wilson, American physicist, sculptor, and architect (d. 2000)
  • 1914 – Ward Kimball, American animator, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1913 – John Garfield, American actor and singer (d. 1952)
  • 1912 – Carl Marzani, Italian-American activist and publisher (d. 1994)
  • 1909 – George Edward Holbrook, American chemist and engineer (d. 1987)
  • 1909 – Harry Helmsley, American businessman (d. 1997)
  • 1908 – T. R. M. Howard, American surgeon and activist (d. 1976)
  • 1908 – Thomas Shaw, American singer and guitarist (d. 1977)
  • 1906 – Avery Fisher, American violinist and engineer, founded Fisher Electronics (d. 1994)
  • 1906 – Meindert DeJong, Dutch-American soldier and author (d. 1991)
  • 1904 – George Gamow, Ukrainian-American physicist and cosmologist (d. 1968)
  • 1903 – Dorothy Mackaill, English-American actress and singer (d. 1990)
  • 1903 – John Scarne, American magician and author (d. 1985)
  • 1903 – Malcolm Dole, American chemist and academic (d. 1990)
  • 1903 – William C. Boyd, American immunologist and chemist (d. 1983)
  • 1902 – Russell Reeder, American soldier and author (d. 1998)
  • 1901 – Charles Goren, American bridge player and author (d. 1991)
  • 1901 – Wilbur R. Franks, Canadian scientist, invented the g-suit (d. 1986)
  • 1900 – Herbert Biberman, American director and screenwriter (d. 1971)
  • 1897 – Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player and manager (d. 1969)
  • 1895 – Milt Gross, American animator, director, and screenwriter (d. 1953)
  • 1893 – Charles Herbert Colvin, American engineer, co-founded the Pioneer Instrument Company (d. 1985)
  • 1891 – Dazzy Vance, American baseball player (d. 1961)
  • 1889 – Oren E. Long, American soldier and politician, 10th Territorial Governor of Hawaii (d. 1965)
  • 1889 – Pearl White, American actress (d. 1938)
  • 1889 – Robert William Wood, English-American painter (d. 1979)
  • 1888 – Jeff Pfeffer, American baseball player (d. 1972)
  • 1888 – Knute Rockne, American football player and coach (d. 1931)
  • 1888 – Rafaela Ottiano, Italian-American actress (d. 1942)
  • 1884 – Red Murray, American baseball player (d. 1958)
  • 1883 – Maude Fealy, American actress and screenwriter (d. 1971)
  • 1883 – Sam Langford, Canadian-American boxer (d. 1956)
  • 1881 – Richard C. Tolman, American physicist and chemist (d. 1948)
  • 1881 – Thomas Sigismund Stribling, American lawyer and author (d. 1965)
  • 1880 – Channing Pollock, American playwright and critic (d. 1946)
  • 1878 – Egbert Van Alstyne, American pianist and songwriter (d. 1951)
  • 1877 – Garrett Morgan, African-American inventor (d. 1963)
  • 1876 – Theodore Hardeen, Hungarian-American magician (d. 1945)
  • 1873 – Guy Wetmore Carryl, American journalist and poet (d. 1904)
  • 1873 – John H. Trumbull, American colonel and politician, 70th Governor of Connecticut (d. 1961)
  • 1867 – Jacob L. Beilhart, American activist, founded the Spirit Fruit Society (d. 1908)
  • 1864 – David W. Taylor, American admiral, architect, and engineer (d. 1940)
  • 1863 – John Henry Wigmore, American academic and jurist (d. 1943)
  • 1861 – Arthur Cushman McGiffert, American theologian and author (d. 1933)
  • 1826 – John Buford, American general (d. 1863)
  • 1826 – Theodore Judah, American engineer, founded the Central Pacific Railroad (d. 1863)
  • 1817 – Edwards Pierrepont, American lawyer and politician, 34th United States Attorney General (d. 1892)
  • 1792 – Isaac Lea, American conchologist, geologist, and publisher (d. 1886)
  • 1781 – Rebecca Gratz, American educator and philanthropist (d. 1869)
  • 1745 – Casimir Pulaski, Polish-American general (d. 1779)
  • 1706 – Lauritz de Thurah, Danish architect, designed the Hermitage Hunting Lodge and Gammel Holtegård (d. 1759)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Clayton Yeutter, American politician (b. 1930)
  • 2016 – Bud Collins, American journalist and sportscaster (b. 1929)
  • 2016 – Pat Conroy, American author (b. 1945)
  • 2015 – Ray Hatton, English-American runner, author, and academic (b. 1932)
  • 2014 – Jack Kinzler, American engineer (b. 1920)
  • 2013 – Lillian Cahn, Hungarian-American businesswoman, co-founded Coach, Inc. (b. 1923)
  • 2013 – Mickey Moore, Canadian-American actor and director (b. 1914)
  • 2013 – Toren Smith, Canadian businessman, founded Studio Proteus (b. 1960)
  • 2012 – Don Mincher, American baseball player (b. 1938)
  • 2011 – Ed Manning, American basketball player and coach (b. 1943)
  • 2011 – Vivienne Harris, English journalist and publisher, co-founded the Jewish Telegraph (b. 1921)
  • 2010 – Raimund Abraham, Austrian architect and educator, designed the Austrian Cultural Forum New York (b. 1933)
  • 2009 – George McAfee, American football player (b. 1918)
  • 2009 – Horton Foote, American playwright and screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • 2008 – Gary Gygax, American game designer, co-created Dungeons & Dragons (b. 1938)
  • 2008 – Leonard Rosenman, American composer and conductor (b. 1924)
  • 2007 – Thomas Eagleton, American lawyer and politician, 38th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri (b. 1929)
  • 2006 – John Reynolds Gardiner, American author and engineer (b. 1944)
  • 2001 – Fred Lasswell, American cartoonist (b. 1916)
  • 2001 – Harold Stassen, American educator and politician, 25th Governor of Minnesota (b. 1907)
  • 2001 – Jim Rhodes, American businessman and politician, 61st Governor of Ohio (b. 1909)
  • 1999 – Del Close, American actor and educator (b. 1934)
  • 1999 – Harry Blackmun, American lawyer and judge (b. 1908)
  • 1997 – Robert H. Dicke, American physicist and astronomer (b. 1916)
  • 1996 – John Sauer, American football player, coach, and sportscaster (b. 1925)
  • 1996 – Minnie Pearl, American entertainer (b. 1912)
  • 1995 – Matt Urban, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1919)
  • 1993 – Art Hodes, Ukrainian-American pianist and composer (b. 1904)
  • 1992 – Art Babbitt, American animator and director (b. 1907)
  • 1992 – Pare Lorentz, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1905)
  • 1990 – Hank Gathers, American basketball player (b. 1967)
  • 1989 – Tiny Grimes, American guitarist (b. 1916)
  • 1986 – Albert L. Lehninger, American biochemist and academic (b. 1917)
  • 1981 – Torin Thatcher, American actor (b. 1905)
  • 1979 – Willi Unsoeld, American mountaineer and educator (b. 1926)
  • 1978 – Joe Marsala, American clarinet player and songwriter (b. 1907)
  • 1978 – Wesley Bolin, American businessman and politician, 15th Governor of Arizona (b. 1909)
  • 1977 – William Paul, American lawyer and politician (b. 1885)
  • 1976 – John Marvin Jones, American judge and politician (b. 1882)
  • 1974 – Adolph Gottlieb, American painter and sculptor (b. 1903)
  • 1972 – Charles Biro, American author and illustrator (b. 1911)
  • 1969 – Nicholas Schenck, Russian-American businessman (b. 1881)
  • 1963 – William Carlos Williams, American poet, short story writer, and essayist (b. 1883)
  • 1960 – Herbert O'Conor, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 51st Governor of Maryland (b. 1896)
  • 1945 – Lucille La Verne, American actress (b. 1872)
  • 1945 – Mark Sandrich, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 1944 – Fannie Barrier Williams, American educator and activist (b. 1855)
  • 1944 – Louis Buchalter, American mob boss (b. 1897)
  • 1944 – Louis Capone, Italian-American gangster (b. 1896)
  • 1940 – Hamlin Garland, American novelist, poet, essayist, and short story writer (b. 1860)
  • 1938 – George Foster Peabody, American banker and philanthropist (b. 1852)
  • 1938 – Jack Taylor, American baseball player (b. 1874)
  • 1927 – Ira Remsen, American chemist and academic (b. 1846)
  • 1925 – John Montgomery Ward, American baseball player and manager (b. 1860)
  • 1915 – William Willett, English inventor, founded British Summer Time (b. 1856)
  • 1906 – John Schofield, American general and politician, 28th United States Secretary of War (b. 1831)
  • 1888 – Amos Bronson Alcott, American philosopher and educator (b. 1799)
  • 1883 – Alexander H. Stephens, American lawyer and politician, Vice President of the Confederate States of America (b. 1812)
  • 1866 – Alexander Campbell, Irish-American minister and theologian (b. 1788)
  • 1864 – Thomas Starr King, American minister and politician (b. 1824)
  • 1858 – Matthew C. Perry, American naval commander (b. 1794)
  • 1807 – Abraham Baldwin, American minister, lawyer, and politician (b. 1754)
  • 1795 – John Collins, American politician, 3rd Governor of Rhode Island (b. 1717)
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