March 4

1789

The Constitution of the United States went into effect.

1791

Vermont became the 14th state in the United States.

1861

Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as president.

1917

Jeannette Rankin took her seat as the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

1933

Frances Perkins, appointed Secretary of Labor, became first woman to serve in the Cabinet.

1994

Four Muslim fundamentalists were found guilty in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York.

1999

Retired Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun died in Arlington, Va., at age 90.

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