By The Associated Press
Today in History
Today is Monday, March 1, the 60th day of 2021. There are 305 days left in the year.
Todayís Highlight in History:
On March 1, 1954, four Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the spectatorsí gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five members of Congress.
On this date:
In 1781, the Continental Congress declared the Articles of Confederation to be in force, following ratification by Maryland.
In 1893, inventor Nikola Tesla first publicly demonstrated radio during a meeting of the National Electric Light Association in St. Louis by transmitting electromagnetic energy without wires.
In 1954, the United States detonated a dry-fuel hydrogen bomb, codenamed Castle Bravo, at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
In 1957, ìThe Cat in the Hatî by Dr. Seuss was released to bookstores by Random House.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Peace Corps.
In 1966, the Soviet space probe Venera 3 impacted the surface of Venus, becoming the first spacecraft to reach another planet; however, Venera was unable to transmit any data, its communications system having failed.
In 1968, Johnny Cash married June Carter at the First Methodist Church in Franklin, Kentucky.
In 1971, a bomb went off inside a menís room at the U.S. Capitol; the radical group Weather Underground claimed responsibility for the pre-dawn blast.
In 1974, seven people, including former Nixon White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman, former Attorney General John Mitchell and former assistant Attorney General Robert Mardian, were indicted on charges of conspiring to obstruct justice in connection with the Watergate break-in.