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Monday 4 March 2019 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

Events

  • 2015 At least 34 miners die in a suspected gas explosion at the Zasyadko coal mine in the rebel-held Donetsk region of Ukraine.
  • 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.
  • 1996 A derailed train in Weyauwega, Wisconsin (USA) causes the emergency evacuation of 2,300 people for 16 days.
  • 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.
  • 1957 The S&P 500 stock market index is introduced, replacing the S&P 90.
  • 1944 World War II: After the success of Big Week, the USAAF begins a daylight bombing campaign of Berlin.
  • 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.
  • 1909 U.S. President William Taft used what became known as a Saxbe fix, a mechanism to avoid the restriction of the U.S. Constitution's Ineligibility Clause, to appoint Philander C. Knox as U.S. Secretary of State
  • 1882 – Britain's first electric trams run in east London.
  • 1865 The third and final national flag of the Confederate States of America is adopted by the Confederate Congress.
  • 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.
  • 1837 The city of Chicago is incorporated.
  • 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.
  • 1794 The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is passed by the U.S. Congress.
  • 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.
  • 1681 Charles II grants a land charter to William Penn for the area that will later become Pennsylvania.
  • 1675 – John Flamsteed is appointed the first Astronomer Royal of England.
  • 1628 The Massachusetts Bay Colony is granted a Royal charter.
  • 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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