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This Day In History: March 4

Today is the 64th day of 2008 and the 74th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1789, the first United States Congress met in New York City and declared the new Constitution in effect. In 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 32nd U.S. president. In 1954, the first successful kidney transplant was performed. In 1997, President Bill Clinton forbade the use of federal funds for human cloning research.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), composer; Casimir Pulaski (1747-79), military leader; Knute Rockne (1888-1931), football coach; John Garfield (1913-52), actor; Catherine O'Hara (1954- ), actress, is 54; Patricia Heaton (1959- ), actress, is 49; Ray Mancini (1961- ), boxer, is 47.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1995, champion boxer George Foreman refused to fight top-contender Tony Tucker and was stripped of his title by the World Boxing Association.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Most men, when they think they are thinking, are merely rearranging their prejudices." - Knute Rockne

TODAY'S FACT: Between 1945 and 1990 the U.S. produced more than 70,000 nuclear bombs and warheads; of these about 9,938 remained in the nuclear stockpile as of 2007.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 12 - Years that Franklin Delano Roosevelt held the presidency, the longest term of any president.

TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (February 28) and new moon (March 7).


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