March comes in like a lion and goes out like a mutha. Today is Harry Belafonte‘s 87th birthday. Also celebrating birthdays today are Chopin, Glenn Miller, and David Niven, among millions of other less famous people. What do they have in common? They all just love a look back at the Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear.
• 1565 – The city of Rio de Janeiro is founded.
• 1642 – Georgeana, Massachusetts (now known as York, Maine), becomes the first incorporated city in the United States.
• 1692 – Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba are brought before local magistrates in Salem Village, Massachusetts, beginning what would become known as the Salem witch trials.
• 1781 – The Continental Congress adopts the Articles of Confederation.
• 1790 – The first United States census is authorized.
• 1845 – President John Tyler signs a bill authorizing the United States to annex the Republic of Texas.
• 1847 – The state of Michigan formally abolishes capital punishment.
• 1872 – Yellowstone National Park is established as the world’s first national park.
• 1873 – E. Remington and Sons in Ilion, New York begins production of the first practical typewriter.
• 1893 – Electrical engineer Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri.
• 1896 – Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity.
• 1932 – The son of Charles Lindbergh, Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, is kidnapped.
• 1936 – The Hoover Dam is completed.
• 1966 – Venera 3 Soviet space probe crashes on Venus becoming the first spacecraft to land on another planet‘s surface.
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