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On this day in history - March 4

What Happened On This Day – March 4

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 1977 The Vrancea earthquake claims over 1500 lives

    Most of the victims were residents of Romania's capital Bucharest.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Births On This Day,
March 4

  • 1968 Graham Westley

    English footballer, manager

  • 1951 Chris Rea

    English singer-songwriter, guitarist

  • 1950 Rick Perry

    American politician, 47th Governor of Texas

  • 1932 Ryszard Kapuściński

    Polish journalist

  • 1678 Antonio Vivaldi

    Italian violinist, composer

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Deaths On This Day,
March 4

  • 2008 Gary Gygax

    American game designer, writer, co-created Dungeons & Dragons

  • 1977 Anatol E. Baconsky

    Romanian poet, author, critic

  • 1888 Amos Bronson Alcott

    American educator, philosopher

  • 1852 Nikolai Gogol

    Ukrainian/Russian author, playwright

  • 1811 Mariano Moreno

    Argentinian lawyer, journalist, politician