Tuesday, March 1, 2005
1628: Without Parliament’s consent, King Charles I decides to impose a "ship money" tax on all British towns and counties, seeking £173,000. It is the first step in the long process that will lead to the English Civil War.
1692: Under the direction of Lieutenant Governor William Stoughton, a former Chief Justice of Massachusetts, the Salem Witch Trials begin with the charging of four women.
1781: The Continental Congress adopts the United States Articles of Confederation.
1805: The Senate acquits U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase on impeachment charges.
1836: Delegates from 57 Texas communities meet at Washington-on-the-Brazos to discuss possible independence from Mexico.
1867: Nebraska enters the Union as the 37th U.S. state.
1873: E. Remington & Sons, an established gunmaker, begins manufacture of the first commercial typewriter.
1936: Six Companies, Inc.—a joint venture of Morrison-Knudsen, Utah Construction, Pacific Bridge, Bechtel, Kaiser, and MacDonald-Kahn—finishes work on the Hoover Dam, on budget and two years early.
1927: Robert Heron Bork (U. Chicago Law 1953) is born at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of a steel company employee and a schoolteacher.
1944: Senator John Berlinger Breaux (Alabama Law 1967) is born in Crowley, Louisiana.
1947: The International Monetary Fund, which always prescribes the same remedy no matter what the disease, opens for business.
NOTE: If you see people walking around wearing leeks today, it's St. David’s Day in Wales.