Today In History:

Tuesday, 4 March 2008
Posted by Neugier

This day is celebrated by disc jockeys, TV hosts, movie stars, department store announcers, rock groups, politicians and many, many others. For it was on this day in 1877 that Emile Berliner, the man behind so many inventions, came up with a thing called the microphone. Good thing, too, because the Bell System, run by Alexander Graham Bell, was in desperate need of something to save it from financial ruin -- and to help the progress of the telephone.

1917 Republican Jeanette Rankin of Montana took her seat as the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

1933: U.S. President Roosevelt gave his inauguration speech in which he said "We have nothing to fear, but fear itself."

1942 - Shirley Temple had a starring role in Junior Miss on CBS radio this day. The show, heard for the first time, cost $12,000 a week to produce and stayed on the airwaves until 1954.

1990 - US 65th manned space mission STS 36 (Atlantis 6) returns from space

1997 - Brazil Senate allows women to wear slacks