This day in history
Today is Thursday, March 1, the 60th day of 2018. There are 305 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Singer-activist Harry Belafonte is 91. Actor Robert Conrad is 83. The Who singer Roger Daltrey is 74. Actor Dirk Benedict is 73. Actor-director Ron Howard is 64. Actress Catherine Bach is 63. Actor Tim Daly is 62. Singer-musician Jon Carroll is 61. Actress Lupita Nyong’o is 35. Pop singer Justin Bieber is 24.
In 1565, the city of Rio de Janeiro was founded by Portuguese knight Estacio de Sa.
In 1893, inventor Nikola Tesla first publicly demonstrated radio in St. Louis by transmitting electromagnetic energy without wires.
In 1932, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, N.J. (Remains identified as those of the child were found the following May.)
In 1940, ‘‘Native Son’’ by Richard Wright was published.
In 1954, four Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the spectators’ gallery of the US House of Representatives, wounding five members of Congress. The United States detonated a dry-fuel hydrogen bomb, codenamed Castle Bravo, at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Peace Corps.
In 1968, Johnny Cash married June Carter in Franklin, Ky.
In 1971, a bomb went off inside a men’s room at the US Capitol; the group Weather Underground claimed responsibility for the pre-dawn blast.
In 1981, Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands began a hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland; he died 65 days later.
In 1990, the controversial nuclear power plant in Seabrook, N.H., won federal permission to go on line after two decades of protests and legal struggles.
Last year, former Montana representative Ryan Zinke was sworn in as secretary of the Interior Department, hours after being confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 68-31.