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4th March

1678 * Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, Italian composer and violinist.

1789 The Constitution of the United States went into effect.

1824 The Royal National Lifeboat Institution RNLI was formed.

1861 Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th US president.

1877 The first performance of Swan Lake staged by the Russian Imperial Ballet in Moscow.

1882 The first electric trams in Britain ran from Leytonstone, east London.

1924 "Happy Birthday To You" was published by Clayton F. Sunny.

1928 * Patrick Moore, English astronomer and television presenter.

1936 * Jim Clark, (Scotland) world Formula 1 motor racing champion in 1963.

1951 * Kenny Dalglish, Scottish soccer player who played for Liverpool and Celtic.

1959 Pioneer 4 became the first American spacecraft to flyby the Moon.

1967 The first North Sea gas was came ashore in the UK.

1969 The Kray twins, Ronald and Reginald, were given life sentences after being found guilty of murder.

1974 British Prime Minister Edward Heath resigned after failing to form a government.

1975 Silent film legend Charlie Chaplin became Sir Charles after being knighted by the Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

1980 Zimbabwe Nationalist leader Robert Mugabe won a sweeping election victory to become the country's first black prime minister.

1986 The "Today" newspaper was launched.

1989 Six people died and 80 injured, in a train crash at Purley in Surrey.

1994 Four Muslim terrorists were found guilty in the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing in New York.

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