On this day: March 4

POSTED: 08:46 AM PDT Mar 11, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Mar 03, 2016 

The U.S. Constitution goes into effect, FDR reassures the nation, John Lennon gets into a popularity contest with Jesus, and Martha Stewart gets out of prison, all on this day.

OTD March 4 - John Lennon
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Dutch National Archives

1966: In an interview with Maureen Cleave of The London Evening Standard, John Lennon says, "We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity." The remark would go mostly unnoticed in Britain, but caused an uproar when it was reprinted by U.S. teenage fan magazine Datebook five months later, on the eve of the group's August tour of the United States.


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