On This Day in History: March 4

On March 4, an English king was deposed for the first time in his reign. Here are some events that happened in history today.

1461: Edward IV Becomes King

Henry VIHenry VI was deposed for the first time on this day in history. Ruling since he was nine months old, Henry VI was ineffective and suffered from bouts of insanity from 1453. Edward’s father, the Duke of York, had a claim to the throne and used that to start the Wars of the Roses. From 1455 the Houses of York and Lancaster were at war, and it was this day that the House of York ended Lancaster’s 62 year rule. Henry VI would later get control of the throne back, but would lose it again six months later.

1801: Thomas Jefferson’s Inauguration

Multiple presidential inaugurations took place on this day in history across different years. The first covered in this list was Thomas Jefferson’s. This was so important because it was the first to take place in Washington D.C, as it had just become the new Capitol of the United States. The Third President of the United States rode in alone on horseback, preferring to do away with much of the flamboyancy and fanfare his predecessors had.

His predecessor John Adams’ inauguration took place on this day four years earlier.

1861: Abraham Lincoln’s InaugurationThomas Jefferson

Today in history, Abraham Lincoln officially became the 16th United States President. During his speech, he made it clear that he would enforce federal laws in all states that seceded, but would not interfere with the institution of slavery. Six weeks later the Civil War started.

On this day 72 years later, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the President of the United States. Both presidents were assassinated.

1944: Execution of Louis “Lepke” Buchalter

At Sing Sing Prison, New York, Murder, Inc. head Louis “Lepke” Buchalter was executed. Murder, Inc. was the largest crime syndicate in the United States during the 1930s, but it collapsed when the killing squad became government witnesses. He allegedly ordered the hits on all the men who betrayed him before his own death.

Famous Birthdays on March 4

Blanche of Castille, Queen of France–1188

Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi—1678

American Revolutionary War general Casimir Pulaski—1747

Painter Sir Henry Raeburn–1757

Scientist Garrett Morgan—1877

Red Cross of Curacao founder, Willem H Winkel–1885

Notre Dame football club coach Knute Rockne—1888

Bridge expert Charles Goren—1901

Women’s rights activist Ding Ling—1904

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning author Alan Sillitoe—1928

British anthropologist Jane Goodall—1934

Home Alone actress Catherine O’Hara—1954

The Middle actress Patrica Heaton—1958

YouTube singer Peter Hollens—1982

Revenge actor Josh Bowman—1988

Artistic gymnast and YouTuber Whitney Bjerken–2005


Birthdays from History.net, OnThisDay.com and Famous Birthdays

Featured image from Deposit Photos

Henry VI of England in the public domain: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_VI_of_England#/media/File:King_Henry_VI_from_NPG_(2).jpg

Thomas Jefferson: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson#/media/File:Official_Presidential_portrait_of_Thomas_Jefferson_(by_Rembrandt_Peale,_1800).jpg

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