March 4th

2012
Vladimir Putin scored a decisive victory in Russia's presidential election to return to the Kremlin and extend his hold on power for six more years.
Vladimir Putin
2009
International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur becoming the first sitting head of state to be indicted.
Omar al-Bashir
2007
The world's first national internet election is held. Estonia was the first country to allow its citizens to vote in a parliamentary election through the world wide web.
Electronic voting in Estonia
1999
Retired Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun died in Arlington, Va., at age 90.
Harry Blackmun
1997
President Bill Clinton barred spending federal money on human cloning.
Dickey–Wicker Amendment
1994
Four Muslim fundamentalists were found guilty in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York.
1993 World Trade Center bombing
1989
Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc. announced plans to merge.
Time Warner
1987
President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation on the Iran-Contra affair, acknowledging his overtures to Iran had "deteriorated" into an arms-for-hostages deal.
1987
1980
Robert Mugabe becomes Zimbabwe's first black prime minister. A hero of the black struggle against the white minority rule in his country, Mugabe won a landslide victory. More recently, his oppressive style of leadership has been condemned domestically and internationally.
Prime Minister of Zimbabwe
1977
The Vrancea earthquake claims over 1500 lives. Most of the victims were residents of Romania's capital Bucharest.
1977 Vrancea earthquake
1952
Actors Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis were married in North Hollywood, Calif.
Ronald Reagan
1936
1st flight of the airship Hindenburg at Friedrichshafen, Germany.
LZ 129 Hindenburg
1933
Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurated as 32nd US President, pledges to pull US out of the Depression, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself".
Franklin D. Roosevelt
1918
The first documented cases of the Spanish flu herald a deadly worldwide pandemic. The disease quickly spread around the world, causing over 25 million deaths.
1918 flu pandemic
1917
Republican Jeanette Rankin of Montana took her seat as the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Jeannette Rankin
1913
Woodrow Wilson was sworn as the 28th president of the United States.
Woodrow Wilson
1861
Abraham Lincoln is inaugurated as the 16th US President.
First inauguration of Abraham Lincoln
1837
The Illinois state legislature granted a city charter to Chicago.
Springfield, Illinois
1801
Thomas Jefferson is the first US President inaugurated in Washington, D.C.
First inauguration of Thomas Jefferson
1791
Vermont became the 14th state in the United States.
Vermont
1789
The U.S. Constitution is put into effect. The law is one of the world's oldest constitutions still in use. The oldest is the Constitution of San Marino, which was issued in 1600.
United States Constitution
1681
England's King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn for an area of land that later became Pennsylvania.
William Penn
1238
Battle of the Sit River: Mongol forces of Batu Khan overcome Russians under Yuri II of Vladimir-Suzdal near Yaroslavl in Russia, ending Russian resistence.