Birthdays of Monday, March 4
Actress Paula Prentiss is 75.
Rock musician Chris Squire (Yes) is 65.
Singer Shakin' Stevens is 65.
Author James Ellroy is 65.
Singer Chris Rea is 62.
Actor Ronn Moss is 61.
Actress Kay Lenz is 60.
Musician Emilio Estefan is 60.
Actress Catherine O'Hara is 59.
Actress Patricia Heaton is 55.
Actor Steven Weber is 52.
Rock musician Jason Newsted is 50.
Actress Stacy Edwards is 48.
Rock singer Evan Dando (Lemonheads) is 46.
Actress Patsy Kensit is 45.
Gay rights activist Chaz Bono is 44.
Rock musician Fergal Lawler (The Cranberries) is 42.
Country singer Jason Sellers is 42.
Jazz musician Jason Marsalis is 36.
Actress Jessica Heap is 30.
On March 4 in
1789 The Constitution of the United States went into effect as the first Federal Congress met in New York. (The lawmakers then adjourned for lack of a quorum.)
1813 President James Madison was inaugurated for a second term of office.
1861 Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th president of the United States. The Confederate States of America adopted as its flag the original version of the Stars and Bars.
1888 Legendary college football coach Knute Rockne was born in Voss, Norway.
1913 Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as the 28th president of the United States, succeeding President William Howard Taft. Just before Taft left office, he signed legislation replacing the Department of Commerce and Labor with separate Departments of Commerce and Labor.
1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt took office as America's 32nd president.
1943 Mrs. Miniver won six Academy Awards, including best picture and best actress for Greer Garson (whose long acceptance speech became the butt of industry jokes).
1963 American poet William Carlos Williams, 79, died in Rutherford, N.J.
1987 President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation on the Iran-Contra affair, acknowledging that his overtures to Iran had "deteriorated" into an arms-for-hostages deal.
In The Star
March 4, 1938, in The Star: Piedmont telephone subscribers today were using the most modern system in telephone communication following the change from crank-type telephones to dial telephones. The first call made through the new system was from Mayor George P. Haslam of Piedmont to Mayor W. S. Coleman of Anniston. The Anniston mayor congratulated Mayor Haslam and the people of Piedmont for having procured the newest type service. Piedmont previously had three telephone operators of its own; under the new arrangement one is staying in town to be a collections clerk for the phone company, while the other two are being transferred to Jacksonville. Also this date: In news from Shady Glen’s community school, we learn that perfect attendance last month in the first grade was attained by Evelyn Higgins, Ellis Doss, Jethro Heath, Marvin Ogle, J. T. Lott Jr., Merrill Smith and Lorine Copeland.
March 4, 1988, in The Star: Alexandria High School got rousing support from its fans as the Valley Cubs beat Winfield in the first round of the Class 4A state basketball tournament. Pictured on Page 1 showing team spirit are cheerleaders Wanda Wood, Selina Heathcock, Amanda Dobbs and Susan McKelroy. It was a close win for Alexandria, but the free throws of Eric Thomas in the game’s final minutes helped make it possible. Johnny Womack scored a record 38 points in the 92-85 victory.