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  • 3-2-1877

    The U.S. Congress finally awarded 20 disputed electoral votes to Rutherford B. Hayes, giving him a 185-184 Electoral College victory over Samuel J. Tilden in the 1876 U.S. presidential election, despite Tilden's having won the popular vote (Harper's Weekly).

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    The Electoral College Controversy of 1876-1877
  • 3-2-1962

    Charles Jean de la Vallee Poussin died in Louvain, Belgium. He is best known for having proved the Prime Number Theorem.

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    Charles de la Vallee Poussin
  • 3-2-1978

    Edward Begle died in Palo Alto, California. Originally a topologist, he became a leader in mathematics education.

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    Edward Begle

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