Daily Archives: March 4, 2013

‘Mrs. Miniver’ wins Best Picture at 15th Academy Awards 70 years ago today (1943)


Video: '1942 Oscar Winners'

(Thursday, March 4, 1943)Mrs. Miniver won six Oscars tonight at the 15th Academy Awards, including Outstanding Motion Picture, Best Director for William Wyler and Best Actress for Greer Garson, whose 5 1/2-minute acceptance speech became the butt of industry jokes.

James Cagney won Best Actor for Yankee Doodle Dandy. The ceremonies were held in the Cocoanut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles (click here to watch a newsreel from tonight’s ceremony).

Cleveland sworn in as 24th U.S. President, Stevenson as 23rd VP 120 years ago this hour (1893)

(Saturday, March 4, 1893, 1:55 p.m. local time) — Grover Cleveland, the 22nd President of the United States (1885-1889), took the oath of office today as the 24th President of the United States on the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol, succeeding President Benjamin Harrison.

Adlai E. Stevenson I was sworn in as the 23rd Vice President of the United States, succeeding Vice President Levi P. Morton. Continue reading Cleveland sworn in as 24th U.S. President, Stevenson as 23rd VP 120 years ago this hour (1893)

Wilson sworn in as 28th U.S. President, Marshall as 28th VP 100 years ago this hour (1913)


Video: 'Woodrow Wilson {1 of 2}' (March 4, 1913, at 1:01:19)

(Tuesday, March 4, 1913, 1:37 p.m. local time) — Woodrow Wilson took the oath of office today as the 28th President of the United States on the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol, succeeding President William H. Taft.

Thomas R. Marshall was sworn in as the 28th Vice President of the United States, an office that had remained vacant since the Oct. 30, 1912, death of Vice President James S. Sherman. Continue reading Wilson sworn in as 28th U.S. President, Marshall as 28th VP 100 years ago this hour (1913)

FDR sworn in as 32nd U.S. President, Garner as 32nd VP 80 years ago this hour (1933)


Video: 'FDR Inaugural, 1933 - 1'

(Saturday, March 4, 1933, 1:08 p.m. local time) — Franklin D. Roosevelt took the oath of office today as the 32nd President of the United States on the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol, succeeding President Herbert Hoover.

John Nance Garner was sworn in as the 32nd Vice President of the United States, succeeding Vice President Charles Curtis. Continue reading FDR sworn in as 32nd U.S. President, Garner as 32nd VP 80 years ago this hour (1933)

President Grant sworn in for second term, Wilson as 18th VP 140 years ago this hour (1873)


(Tuesday, March 4, 1873, 12:30 p.m. local time) — President Ulysses S. Grant took the oath of office today for a second term as the 18th President of the United States on the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol.

Henry Wilson was sworn in as the 18th Vice President of the United States, succeeding Vice President Schuyler Colfax. Continue reading President Grant sworn in for second term, Wilson as 18th VP 140 years ago this hour (1873)

Pierce sworn in as 14th U.S. President, King as 13th VP 160 years ago today (1853)


(Friday, March 4, 1853) — Franklin Pierce took the oath of office today as the 14th President of the United States on the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol, succeeding President Millard Fillmore.

William R. King, in Cuba at the time, as he was severely ill (he died the following month) and was attempting to recover in a warmer climate (it was a snowy day during the inauguration), was sworn in as the 13th Vice President of the United States. The office had been vacant since Fillmore succeeded to the presidency upon the death of President Zachary Taylor on July 9, 1850. Continue reading Pierce sworn in as 14th U.S. President, King as 13th VP 160 years ago today (1853)

President Jackson sworn in for second term, Van Buren as 8th VP 180 years ago today (1833)


(Monday, March 4, 1833) — President Andrew Jackson took the oath of office today for a second term as the 7th President of the United States in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol.

Martin Van Buren was sworn in as the 8th Vice President of the United States. The office had been vacant since the resignation of Vice President John C. Calhoun on Dec. 28, 1832. Continue reading President Jackson sworn in for second term, Van Buren as 8th VP 180 years ago today (1833)

President Madison sworn in for second term, Gerry as 5th VP 200 years ago today (1813)


(Thursday, March 4, 1813) — President James Madison took the oath of office today for a second term as the 4th President of the United States in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol.

Elbridge Gerry was sworn in as the 5th Vice President of the United States. The office had been vacant since the death of Vice President George Clinton on Apr. 20, 1812. Continue reading President Madison sworn in for second term, Gerry as 5th VP 200 years ago today (1813)

President Washington, VP Adams sworn in for second terms 220 years ago today (1793)


(Monday, March 4, 1793) — President George Washington took the oath of office today for a second term as the 1st President of the United States in the Senate Chamber of Congress Hall in Philadelphia.

John Adams was also sworn in for a second term as the 1st Vice President of the United States. Continue reading President Washington, VP Adams sworn in for second terms 220 years ago today (1793)