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This Day in History for March 1

1781 – Continental Congress officially adopts the Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States of America after ratification by the 13th state, Maryland.

1790 – 1st US census authorized.

1903 – Major League Baseball Rules Committee rule that pitcher’s mound must not be more than 15 inches higher than the baseline or home plate.

1912 – U.S. Army Captain Albert Berry performs first (attached-type) parachute jump from an airplane.

1917 – 1st federal land bank chartered in USA.

1927 – Bank of Italy (later Bank of America) becomes an American National Bank.

1928 – Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra record “Ol’ Man River” for Victor Records featuring Bing Crosby.

1932 – The “Lindbergh kidnapping”, 20 month old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh kidnapped from home in East Amwell, New Jersey, found dead 12 May.

1937 – US Steel raises workers’ wages to $5 a day.

1941 – 1st US commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville, Tennessee.

1953 – American golfer Babe Zaharias wins a controversial Sarasota Women’s Open by 7 strokes as playing partner Louise Suggs refuses to sign the scorecard after Zaharias given a beneficial ruling.

1962 – Kresge Corporation opens the first Kmart store in Garden City, Michigan.

1974 – Watergate grand jury indicts 7 presidential aides.

1977 – Bank of America adopts the name VISA for its credit card.

1988 – Pontiac announces the end of the Fiero automobile.

1993 – New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is reinstated as general partner of the team; banned because of his relationship with convicted gambler Howie Spira.

1998 – Mark Martin drives his Ford Taurus to victory in the inaugural MASCAR Winston Cup event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Martin finishes 16 seconds ahead of teammate Jeff Burton.

2007 – Tornadoes swarm across the southern United States, killing at least 20, eight of the deaths were in a high school in Enterprise, Alabama.

2014 – US President Barack Obama warns Russian President Vladimir Putin over involvement in Ukraine.

2016 – Forbes Richest List released, Bill Gates No.1 with $75 billion, number of world’s billionaires shrink to 1,810.

2016 – US primary elections: Super Tuesday – both Republican Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton win seven states races each.

2018 – US President Donald Trump says he will impose 25% steel, 10% aluminum import tariffs, raising fears of a trade war.

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