Today is Friday, March 1st, the 60th day of the year.There are 305 days until the end of the year.
On this day:
In 1781, the Articles of Confederation was ratified by the Continental Congress.The agreement among the 13 founding states established United States of America as a confederation of sovereign states.
In 1873, E. Remington and sons began manufacturing the first commercial typewriter.
In 1941, W47NV became the first FM radio station in the United States.
In 1961, the Peace Corps was established by an executive order signed by President John F. Kennedy.
In 1962, the first Kmart opened in Garden City, Michigan.
In 1968, country singer Johnny Cash married June Carter.
In 1969, New York Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle retired from baseball.
In 1969, singer Jim Morrison was arrested for "lewd and lascivious" behavior during a Doors concert in Miami.
In 1978, Swiss grave robbers stole the coffin containing Charlie Chaplin's remains.The coffin, and Chaplin, were recovered several months later.
In 1984, actor Jackie Coogan died at the age of 69.He is best remembered for his role as Uncle Fester on the television show "The Addams Family."
In 1999, a United Nations Treaty banning land mines signed by some 130 nations, went into effect.The United States, Russia and China did not sign the treaty.
In 2002, under mounting pressure from prosecutors, the Archdiocese of Boston agreed to turn over the names of people allegedly molested by priests.
In 2007, deadly tornadoes tore through parts of the South and Midwest, killing at least nine people, including eight in Enterprise, Alabama.The worst tornado cut a five-mile swath through the city and destroyed Enterprise High School.
In 2011, John Galliano, the head designer of Dior, was fired after damaging evidence appeared of him slurring anti-Semitic remarks at a Paris bar.
In 2013, TV actress and director Bonnie Franklin (One Day at a Time) died of pancreatic cancer at 69.