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Mark's Almanac

  • March 4th was the traditional inauguration day for U.S. Presidents in the first few generations of the republic. And so it was on this date in 1849 that David Rice Atchison unofficially served for one day as President of the United States.
  • It was on this date in 1815 that the U.S. declared war on Algiers to stop them from holding American sailors as hostages for money. It is now known as the Second Barbary War. And it was on this date in 1855 that funds were approved by Congress to see if camels could be used for military purposes by the United States.
  • It was on this date in 1877 that the presidential election of 1876 was decided with Rutherford B. Hayes to become the next president. And it was on this date in 1882 when the last assignation attempt was taken on Queen Victoria.
  • It was on this date in 1803 that Ohio became a state in the Union. And it was on this date in 1917, the public was shown a German cable trying to get Mexico to attack the United States from the South if the U.S. joined World War I on the side of the Allies.
  • It was on this date in 1972 that the Buffalo Creek flood occurred in West Virginia. The Pittston Coal Company dam broke, cascading wastewater down into mining towns below. And it was on this date in 1976 that a live kidney transplant occurred on NBC's Today Show.
  • It was on this date in 1751 that the first performing monkey was exhibited in the U.S. And it was on this date in 1919 that the state of Oregon began collecting a tax on gasoline.
  • It was on this date in 1942 that the Battle of Los Angeles took place in California. Air raid sirens and a blackout was ordered after blinking lights and flares were seen in the sky, thought to be a Japanese attack on the city. It turned out to be a false alarm.
  • It was on this date in 1455 that Johannes Gutenberg was thought to have printed the first bible on a movable-type printing press. And it was on this date in 1847 that American forces won the Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican-American War.
  • It was on this date in 1847 that the Battle of Buena Vista started in the Mexican-American War. And it was on this date in 1854 that the first meeting of the Republican Party took place.
  • It was on this date in 1906 that Kellogg's cereal was founded. And it was on this date in 1968 that Mister Roger's Neighborhood debuted on NET, which is now PBS.