Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Notable Events, March 4


In 1681, to satisfy a debt, England's King Charles II granted a royal charter, deed and governorship of Pennsylvania to William Penn.

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In 1789, the U.S. Congress met for the first time, in New York City. In 1801, Thomas Jefferson became the first president to be inaugurated in Washington.
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In 1917, Jeanette Rankin, a Montana Republican, was sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives. She was the first woman to serve in Congress.
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In 1958, the U.S. atomic submarine Nautilus reached the North Pole by passing beneath the Arctic ice cap.
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In 1987, U.S. President Ronald Reagan acknowledged his administration swapped arms to Iran for U.S. hostages and said, "It was a mistake."
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In 1991, the first allied prisoners of war were released as Iraq began complying with the terms of the official U.N. cease-fire.

SOURCE: United Press International

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