Today In History Spotlights Mar. 1, 1781, United States Articles of Confederation Go Into Effect

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The United States Articles of Confederation go into effect. Drafted to hold the states together as a loose confederation, many concerns later arose pertaining to the belief that many of the articles were too “weak.” With incidents such as Shays’ Rebellion, it became clearer to many that the need for a more unified nation was necessary. As a result, this called for a stronger union.

The Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, beginning in May 1787. Two of America’s first primary political parties emerged. The Federalists called for a stronger union, while preserving natural rights and much of the “British” system. On the other hand, the Anti-Federalists desired to preserve the Articles of Confederation. In September 1787, a new federal Constitution was adopted, resulting in a stronger union.

What Happened On This Day – March 1

  • 1998 Titanic becomes the first film to gross $1 billion. James Cameron’s epic account of the sinking of the Titanic had a budget of $ 200 million and grossed over $ 2 billion in the end.
  • 1995 Internet giant Yahoo! is incorporated. The company was founded in January 1994 as Jerry’s guide to the World Wide Web by Jerry Yang and David Filo.
  • 1947 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is formed. The IMF’s primary goal of improving the economies of its member countries has frequently been overshadowed in the past by criticisms about the fund’s alleged support of dictatorships and negative impact on the environment.
  • 1932 Aviator Charles Lindbergh’s son is kidnapped. The toddler’s abduction and death was one of the most publicized crimes of the century.
  • 1896 Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity. The French physicist made his groundbreaking discovery while trying to prove his erroneous theory that phosphorescent uranium salts absorb sunlight and reemit it as X-rays.

Births On This Day – March 1

  • 1994 Justin Bieber – Canadian singer-songwriter, dancer
  • 1944 Roger Daltrey – English singer-songwriter, producer, actor
  • 1922 Yitzhak Rabin – Israeli politician, 5th Prime Minister of Israel, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1904 Glenn Miller – American trombonist, composer, bandleader
  • 1810 Frédéric Chopin – Polish pianist, composer

Deaths On This Day – March 1

  • 2014 Alain Resnais – French director, cinematographer, screenwriter
  • 1983 Arthur Koestler – Hungarian/English author, journalist
  • 1980 Dixie Dean – English footballer
  • 1912 George Grossmith – English actor, singer
  • 1643 Girolamo Frescobaldi – Ferrarese pianist, composer

The sections “What Happened On This Day,” “Births On This Day,” and “Deaths On This Day” originally appeared at and is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

Garrett Smith
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