Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Today in History: March 4

  • 1794 Congress passes the Eleventh Amendment, overturning Chisholm v. Georgia; a state can refuse a lawsuit brought by a citizen of another state.
  • 1797 John Adams is sworn as President; first ever peaceful transfer of power between elected leaders in over a millenium.
  • 1837 Second City, Chicago, incorporates.
  • 1904 Ukrainian-American physicist George Gamow born; discovered alpha decay via quantum tunneling; wrote The Birth and Death of the Sun (1940), One, Two, Three...Infinity (1947), A Star Called the Sun (1964).
  • 1954 Joseph Murray performs the first successful human organ transplant, a kidney, in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1997 US President Bill Clinton bans federally funded human cloning research.
Yesterday | Tomorrow

No comments:

Post a Comment

We reserve the right to delete comments, but the failure to delete any particular comment should not be interpreted as an endorsement thereof.

In general, we expect comments to be relevant to the story, or to a prior comment that is relevant; and we expect some minimal level of civility. Defining that line is inherently subjective, so try to stay clear of insulting remarks. If you respond to a comment that is later deleted, we may take your response with it. Deleting your comment isn't a personal knock on you, so don't take it as such.

We allow a variety of ways for commenters to identify themselves; those who choose not to do so should take extra care. Absent any prior context in which they may be understood, ironic comments may be misinterpreted. Once you've earned a reputation for contributing to a conversation, we are likely to be more tolerant in those gray areas, as we'll understand where you're coming from.