Today In History - Wednesday, March 4th
The International Criminal Court (ICC) issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. Al-Bashir is the first sitting head of state to be indicted by the ICC since its establishment in 2002.
Estonian parliamentary election, 2007: Approximately 30,000 voters take advantage of electronic voting in Estonia, the world's first nationwide voting where part of the votecasting is allowed in the form of remote electronic voting via the Internet.
Final contact attempt with Pioneer 10 by the Deep Space Network. No response was received.
The car of released Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena is fired on by US soldiers after it ran a roadblock in Iraq, causing the death of an Italian Secret Service Agent and injuring two passengers.
The United Nations warns that about 90 million Africans could be infected by the HIV virus in the future without further action against the spread of the disease.
Canada bans human embryo cloning but permits government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.
Multinational Force in Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers are killed as they attempt to infiltrate the Shahi Kot Valley on a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission.
4 March 2001 BBC bombing: a massive car bomb explodes in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, seriously injuring 11 people. The attack was attributed to the Real IRA.
Hintze Ribeiro disaster, a bridge collapses in northern Portugal, killing up to 70 people.
Gay rights: ''Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services'': The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex.
U.S. President Bill Clinton bans federally funded human cloning research.
Space shuttle STS-62 (''Columbia'' 16) launches into orbit.
Bosnia's Bosniaks and Croats sign an agreement to form a federation in a loose economic union with Croatia.
Sheikh Saad Al-Abdallah Al-Salim Al-Sabah, the Prime Minister of Kuwait, returns to his country for the first time since Iraq's invasion.
The Soviet Vega 1 begins returning images of Comet Halley and the first images ever of its nucleus.
The Food and Drug Administration approves a blood test for AIDS, used since then for screening all blood donations in the United States.
Bertha Wilson is appointed the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada.
NASA launches the Intelsat V-508 satellite.
Nationalist leader Robert Mugabe wins a sweeping election victory to become Zimbabwe's first black prime minister.
The first encyclical written by Pope John Paul II, Redemptor Hominis (Latin for "The Redeemer of Man") is promulgated less than five months after his installation as pope.
The 1977 Bucharest Earthquake in southern and eastern Europe kills more than 1,500.
The first Cray-1 supercomputer is shipped to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico.
The Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention is formally dissolved in Northern Ireland resulting in direct rule of Northern Ireland from London via the British parliament.
The last flight of the second Concorde prototype aircraft to the Fleet Air Arm Museum at the Royal Naval Air Station, Yeovilton,England.
Libya and the Soviet Union sign a cooperation treaty.
French submarine ''Eurydice'' explodes.
Canadian Pacific Air Lines DC-8-43 explodes on landing at Tokyo International Airport, killing 64 people.
The United States Atomic Energy Commission announces that the first atomic power plant at McMurdo Station in Antarctica is in operation.
French freighter 'La Coubre' explodes in Havana, Cuba killing 100. Fidel Castro blames the U.S.
The S&P 500 stock market index is introduced, replacing the S&P 90.
Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant.
In the United Kingdom, Princess Elizabeth, later to become Queen Elizabeth II, joins the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service as a driver.
Lapland War: Finland declares war on Nazi Germany.
World War II: After the success of Big Week, the USAAF begins a daylight bombing campaign of Berlin.
World War II: The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands.
Frances Perkins becomes United States Secretary of Labor, the first female member of the United States Cabinet.
The Parliament of Austria is suspended because of a quibble over procedure - Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss initiates authoritarian rule by decree (see Austrofascism).
The British Viceroy of India, Governor-General Edward Frederick Lindley Wood and Mohandas Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) meet to sign an agreement envisaging the release of political prisoners and allowing salt to be freely used by the poorest members of the population.
Floods ransack Languedoc and the surrounding area in south-west France, resulting in twelve départements being submerged by water and causing the death of over 700 people.
Charles Curtis becomes the first native-American Vice President of the United States.
Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President of the United States to have his inauguration broadcast on radio.
The first case of Spanish flu occurs, the start of a devastating worldwide pandemic.
Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first female member of the United States House of Representatives.
Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia's renunciation of the throne is made public, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia publicly issues his abdication manifesto. The victory of the February Revolution.
Victor Berger (Wisconsin) becomes the first socialist congressman in U.S..
The Collinwood School Fire, Collinwood near Cleveland, Ohio, kills 174 people.
Russo-Japanese War: Russian troops in Korea retreat toward Manchuria followed by 100,000 Japanese troops.
In Chicago, the American Automobile Association is established.
Cyclone Mahina sweeps in north of Cooktown, Queensland, with a 12 m wave that reached up to 5 km inland, killing over 300.
Great fire in Shanghai. Over 1,000 buildings are destroyed.
Congo Free State: The army of Francis, Baron Dhanis attacks the Lualaba, enabling him to transport his troops across the Upper Congo and, capture Nyangwe almost without an effort.
The longest bridge in Great Britain, the Forth Railway Bridge in Scotland, measuring 1710 ft in length, is opened by the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII.
Gottlieb Daimler unveils his first automobile which he test runs in Esslingen and Cannstatt, Germany.
Britain's first electric trams run in East London.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet ''Swan Lake'' receives its première performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
Third (and last) national flag of the Confederate States of America is adopted.
The Idaho Territory is created as a political division of the United States.
First national flag of the Confederate States of America (the 'Stars and Bars') is adopted.
Abraham Lincoln is inaugurated as the 16th President of the United States.
Carlo Alberto di Savoia signs the ''Statuto Albertino'' that will later represent the first constitution of the ''Regno d'Italia''
James Knox Polk is inaugurated as the 11th President of the United States.
Chicago is incorporated as a city.
The "National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck" is founded in the United Kingdom, later to be renamed The Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1858.
Americans defeat the British at the Battle of Longwoods between London, Ontario and Thamesville, near present-day Wardsville, Ontario.
Russian troops fighting the army of Napoleon reach Berlin in Germany and the French garrison evacuates the city without a fight.
Castle Hill Rebellion: Irish convicts rebel against British colonial authority in the Colony of New South Wales.
In the first ever peaceful transfer of power between elected leaders in modern times, John Adams is sworn in as President of the United States, succeeding George Washington.
The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is passed by the U.S. Congress.
French troops conquer Geertruidenberg, Netherlands.
Vermont is admitted as the 14th U.S. state.
A Constitutional Act is introduced by the British House of Commons in London which envisages the separation of Canada into Lower Canada (Quebec) and Upper Canada (Ontario).
France is divided into 83 ''départements'', which cuts across the former provinces in an attempt to dislodge regional loyalties based on ownership of land by the nobility.
In New York City, the first United States Congress meets, putting the Constitution of the United States into effect.
The Continental Congress votes to ratify both the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance with France. The two treaties are the first entered into by the United States government.
The American War of Independence: The Americans capture Dorchester Heights dominating the port of Boston, Massachusetts.
Charles II of England grants a land charter to William Penn for the area that will later become Pennsylvania.
John Flamsteed is appointed the first Astronomer Royal of England.
English King Charles II declares war on The Netherlands which marks the start of the Second Anglo-Dutch War.
Massachusetts Bay Colony is granted a Royal charter.
Jakarta, Java is renamed Batavia.
George Abbot is appointed Archbishop of Canterbury.
King Philip II of Spain bans foreign Dutch students.
Hernan Cortes arrives in Mexico in search of the Aztec civilization and their wealth.
Explorer Christopher Columbus arrives back in Lisbon, Portugal, aboard his ship Niña from his voyage to what is now The Bahamas and other islands in the Caribbean.
King James IV of Scotland concludes an alliance with France against England.
Wars of the Roses in England: Lancastrian King Henry VI is deposed by his Yorkist cousin, who then becomes King Edward IV.
Władysław II Jagiełło (Jogaila) is crowned King of Poland.
Ramathibodi becomes King of Siam.
The Battle of the Sit River is fought in the northern part of the present-day Yaroslavl Oblast of Russia between the Mongol Hordes of Batu Khan and the Russians under Yuri II of Vladimir-Suzdal during the Mongol invasion of Russia.
King John of England makes an oath to the Pope as a crusader to gain the support of Innocent III.
Frederick I Barbarossa is elected King of the Germans.
Translation of the relics of martyr Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia, Prince of the Czechs.
Croatian Duke Trpimir I issues a statute, a document with the first known written mention of the Croats name in Croatian sources.
Martyrdom of Saint Adrian of Nicomedia.
Nero, later to become Roman Emperor, is given the title princeps iuventutis (head of the youth).