Today in History, English
Today in History, English

23941March 4Event1974 – People magazine is published for the first time in the United States as People Weekly.
23942March 4Event1976 – The Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention is formally dissolved in Northern Ireland resulting in direct rule of Northern Ireland from London by the British parliament.
23943March 4Event1977 – The 1977 Vrancea earthquake in eastern and southern Europe kills more than 1,500, mostly in the seriously damaged city of Bucharest, Romania.
23944March 4Event1980 – Nationalist leader Robert Mugabe wins a sweeping election victory to become Zimbabwe's first black prime minister.
23945March 4Event1983 – Bertha Wilson is appointed the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada.
23946March 4Event1985 – The Food and Drug Administration approves a blood test for AIDS infection, used since then for screening all blood donations in the United States.
23947March 4Event1986 – The Soviet Vega 1 begins returning images of Halley's Comet and the first images of its nucleus.
23948March 4Event1991 – Sheikh Saad Al-Salim Al-Sabah, the Prime Minister of Kuwait, returns to his country for the first time since Iraq's invasion.
23949March 4Event1996 – A derailed train in Weyauwega, Wisconsin, US, causes the emergency evacuation of 2,300 people for 16 days.
23950March 4Event1998 – Gay rights: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc.: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex.
23951March 4Event2001 – BBC bombing: A massive car bomb explodes in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, seriously injuring one person. The attack was attributed to the Real IRA.
23952March 4Event2001 – Hintze Ribeiro disaster: A bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people.
23953March 4Event2002 – Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers and 200 Al-Qaeda Fighters are killed as American forces attempt to infiltrate the Shah-i-Kot Valley on a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission.
23954March 4Event2009 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. Al-Bashir is the first sitting head of state to be indicted by the ICC since its esta
23955March 4Event2013 – A plane crash in Democratic Republic of the Congo kills 6 people.
23956March 4Event2015 – At least 34 miners die in a suspected gas explosion at the Zasyadko coal mine in rebel-held Donetsk region of Ukraine.
23957March 4Birth895 – Liu Zhiyuan, Chinese emperor (d. 948)
23958March 4Birth1188 – Blanche of Castile (d. 1252)
23959March 4Birth1394 – Henry the Navigator, Portuguese son of John I of Portugal (d. 1460)
23960March 4Birth1484 – George, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (d. 1543)
23961March 4Birth1492 – Francesco de Layolle, Italian organist and composer (d. 1540)
23962March 4Birth1602 – Kanō Tan'yū, Japanese painter (d. 1674)
23963March 4Birth1651 – John Somers, 1st Baron Somers, English lawyer, jurist, and politician, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (d. 1716)
23964March 4Birth1655 – Fra Galgario, Italian painter (d. 1743)
23965March 4Birth1665 – Philip Christoph von Königsmarck, Swedish soldier (d. 1694)
23966March 4Birth1678 – Antonio Vivaldi, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1741)
23967March 4Birth1702 – Jack Sheppard, English criminal (d. 1724)
23968March 4Birth1706 – Lauritz de Thurah, Danish architect, designed the Hermitage Hunting Lodge and Gammel Holtegård (d. 1759)
23969March 4Birth1715 – James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Waldegrave, English historian and politician (d. 1763)
23970March 4Birth1719 – George Pigot, 1st Baron Pigot, English politician (d. 1777)

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