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 - Stars and Bars
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1861: The first national flag of the Confederate States of America, known as the "Stars and Bars," is adopted. The flag, which was inspired by Austria's national flag and designed by Prussian artist Nicola Marschall, was raised over the dome of the first Confederate Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., that same day.

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