today in 1790

By The Associated Press

Today is Thursday, March 1, the 60th day of 2018. There are 305 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On March 1, 1790, President George Washington signed a measure authorizing the first United States Census.

On this date:

In 1990, the controversial Seabrook, New Hampshire, nuclear power plant won federal permission to go on line after two decades of protests and legal struggles.

Ten years ago:

President George W. Bush, speaking at his Texas ranch, declined to promise more U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq before leaving, underscoring the need for a strong military presence during Iraqi provincial elections.

Five years ago:

President Barack Obama formally enacted $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts a few hours before the midnight deadline required by law.