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 - Matthew C Perry
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1858: Matthew C. Perry, a commodore of the U.S. Navy who served in several wars, most notably in the Mexican-American War and the War of 1812 and played a leading role in the opening of Japan to the West, dies of rheumatism at the age of 63 in New York City.

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