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This day in history

Monday, March 4, is the 63d day of 2013. There are 302 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Paula Prentiss is 75. Movie director Adrian Lyne is 72. Author James Ellroy is 65. Texas Governor Rick Perry is 63. Actress Catherine O’Hara is 59. Actor Mykelti Williamson is 56. Actress Patricia Heaton is 55. Actor Steven Weber is 52. Rock singer Evan Dando (Lemonheads) is 46. Gay rights activist Chaz Bono is 44.

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In 1789, the US Constitution went into effect.

In 1791, Vermont became the 14th state.

In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th president of the United States. The Confederate States of America adopted as its flag the original version of the Stars and Bars.

In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt took office as America’s 32d president.

In 1943, ‘‘Mrs. Miniver’’ won six Academy Awards, including best picture and best actress for Greer Garson. James Cagney won best actor for ‘‘Yankee Doodle Dandy.’’

In 1963, American poet William Carlos Williams, 79, died in Rutherford, N.J.

In 1987, President Reagan addressed the nation on the Iran-Contra affair, acknowledging that his overtures to Iran had ‘‘deteriorated’’ into an arms-for-hostages deal.

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