Today is Friday, March 1, the 60th day of 2002. There are 305 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 1, 1932, 20-month-old Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, N.J. (Remains identified as those of the child were found the following May.)
On this date:
In 1781, the Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation.
In 1790, Congress authorized the first U.S. Census.
In 1845, President Tyler signed a congressional resolution to annex the Republic of Texas.
In 1864, Rebecca Lee became the first black woman to receive an American medical degree, from the New England Female Medical College in Boston.
In 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state.
In 1872, Congress authorized creation of Yellowstone National Park.
In 1940, “Native Son” by Richard Wright was first published.
In 1954, Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five congressmen.
In 1961, President Kennedy established the Peace Corps.
In 1981, Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands began a hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland; he died 65 days later.
Ten years ago: Sen. Brock Adams abandoned his re-election campaign after eight women accused him in a Seattle Times report of sexual abuse and harassment.
Five years ago: Severe storms hit Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi, and spawned tornadoes in Arkansas blamed for two dozen deaths. Rescue teams fought snow, high winds and wild dogs as they tried to bring help to an earthquake-devastated region in northwest Iran, where the death toll was estimated at 3,000.
One year ago: Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban, defying international protests, began destroying all statues in the country. Seven foreign oil workers (a Chilean, an Argentine, a New Zealander and four Americans) who were kidnapped the previous October in Ecuador’s jungle were freed after a ransom was reportedly paid.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Robert Clary is 76. Singer Harry Belafonte is 75. Former U.S. Solicitor General Robert H. Bork is 75. Actor Robert Conrad is 67. Author Judith Rossner is 67. Rock singer Mike D’Abo (Manfred Mann) is 58. Sen. John Breaux, D-La., is 58. Rock singer Roger Daltrey is 58. Actor Dirk Benedict is 57. Actor Alan Thicke is 55. Actor-director Ron Howard is 48. Actress Catherine Bach is 48. Country singer Janis Gill (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) is 48. Actor Tim Daly is 46. Singer-musician Jon Carroll is 45. Rock musician Bill Leen is 40. Actor Russell Wong is 39. Actor John David Cullum is 36. Actor George Eads (“CSI”) is 35. Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar is 28. Actor Jensen Ackles (“Dark Angel”) is 24. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sammie is 15.