1751: On March 16 James Madison was born. Madison was instrumental in adding the Bill of Rights to the Constitution and, as a result, is often referred to as the "Father of the Constitution."
1770: On March 5 the Boston Massacre took place. John Adams, considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, agreed to act as legal counsel for the British soldiers involved in the massacre, eventually helping resolve their case with an acquittal.
1882: Jesse James died at age 34 on March 4. In the mid-1800s, Jesse and his gang robbed trains and banks throughout the Midwest. At one point, the governor of Missouri offered a $10,000 reward for the capture of the James brothers.
1905: On March 4, Theodore Roosevelt gave what is now a famous inaugural address. He began, "My fellow-citizens, no people on earth have more cause to be thankful than ours, and this is said reverently, in no spirit of boastfulness in our own strength, but with gratitude to the Giver of Good who has blessed us with the conditions which have enabled us to achieve so large a measure of well-being and of happiness."