On this day: March 4

Published On: Mar 11 2013 10:46:19 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 04 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

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 - James Ellroy
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1948: Author James Ellroy, whose novels include "The Black Dahlia," "The Big Nowhere," "L.A. Confidential," "White Jazz" and "American Tabloid," is born in Los Angeles, California.

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