On this day: March 4

POSTED: 08:46 AM PDT Mar 11, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Mar 03, 2014 

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 - Jeannette Rankin
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1917: Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first female member of the United States House of Representatives. A Republican and a lifelong pacifist, she was one of the 50 members of Congress who voted against the entry of the United States into World War I in 1917 and, after being elected again in 1940, the only member of Congress who voted against declaring war after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

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