This day in history

Tuesday, March 4, is the 63d day of 2014. There are 302 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Singer Bobby Womack is 70. Rock musician Chris Squire (Yes) is 66. Author James Ellroy is 66. Texas Governor Rick Perry is 64. Musician Emilio Estefan is 61. Actress Patricia Heaton is 56.Rock singer Evan Dando (Lemonheads) is 47. Gay rights activist Chaz Bono is 45. Actress Jessica Heap is 31. TV personality Whitney Port is 29. Actress Jenna Boyd is 21.

In 1789, the Constitution of the United States went into effect as the first Federal Congress met in New York. (The lawmakers then adjourned for lack of a quorum.)

In 1791, Vermont became the 14th state.


In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th president of the United States.

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In 1944, mobsters Louis Capone, Louis ‘‘Lepke’’ Buchalter, and Emanuel Weiss were executed in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, N.Y., for the murder of business owner Joseph Rosen.

In 1964, Teamsters president James Hoffa and three co-defendants were found guilty by a federal court in Chattanooga, Tenn., of jury tampering.

In 1994, in New York, four extremists were convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that killed six people and injured more than a thousand. Actor-comedian John Candy died in Durango, Mexico, at age 43.

In 1999, Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, who wrote the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide, died in Arlington, Va., at age 90.