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March 02
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1955
Fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin refuses to give up her seat on a segregated bus
A full nine months before Rosa Parks's famous act of civil disobedience, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin is arrested on March 2, 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a segregated Montgomery, Alabama bus. Colvin was traveling home from scho... read more
19th Century
1836
Texas declares independence
American Revolution
1776
The Siege of Boston
Art, Literature, and Film History
1904
Dr. Seuss born
Cold War
1969
Soviet Union and Chinese armed forces clash
Crime
1929
Congress passes the Jones Act
1978
Grave robbers steal Charlie Chaplin’s body
Inventions & Science
1966
Ford celebrates 1 millionth Mustang
Slavery
1807
Congress abolishes the African slave trade
Space Exploration
1972
Pioneer 10 launched to Jupiter
Sports
1962
Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points
Vietnam War
1967
Bobby Kennedy proposes plan to end the war
World War I
1917
Puerto Ricans become U.S. citizens, are recruited for war effort
World War II
1943
The Battle of the Bismarck Sea
1944
Train passengers suffocate

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March 03
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1887
Helen Keller meets Anne Sullivan, her teacher and “miracle worker”
On March 3, 1887, Anne Sullivan begins teaching six-year-old Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing after a severe illness at the age of 19 months. Under Sullivan’s tutelage, including her pioneering “touch teaching” techniques, Keller flourished, eventually graduating from college and becomin... read more
1990s
1991
LAPD officers beat Rodney King on camera
19th Century
1879
United States Geological Survey created
Art, Literature, and Film History
1915
“Birth of a Nation” opens in New York
1931
"The Star-Spangled Banner" becomes official U.S. national anthem
Civil War
1863
Congress passes Civil War Conscription Act
1865
Freedmen’s Bureau created
Cold War
1952
Supreme Court rules on communist teachers
Natural Disasters & Environment
1974
Faulty door dooms plane
Slavery
1820
Congress passes the Missouri Compromise
Sports
1875
First indoor game of ice hockey
U.S. Presidents
1845
Congress overrides presidential veto for first time
1877
Rutherford B. Hayes is inaugurated in a private ceremony
Vietnam War
1965
Ho Chi Minh Trail
World War I
1918
Treaty of Brest-Litovsk concluded
World War II
1945
Finland declares war on Germany

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March 04
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1933
FDR inaugurated
On March 4, 1933, at the height of the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is inaugurated as the 32nd president of the United States. In his famous inaugural address, delivered outside the east wing of the U.S. Capitol, Roosevelt outlined his “New Deal”—an expansion of the federal government... read more
American Revolution
1776
American forces occupy Dorchester Heights
Art, Literature, and Film History
1952
Ernest Hemingway finishes "The Old Man and the Sea"
1960
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz divorce
1966
John Lennon sparks his first major controversy
1994
John Candy dies
Civil War
1861
Abraham Lincoln inaugurated
Crime
1944
Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, the head of Murder, Inc., is executed
2005
Martha Stewart is released from prison
EARLY U.S.
1789
Government under the U.S. Constitution begins
Sports
1990
College basketball star Hank Gathers collapses on court, dies
2004
Mianne Bagger becomes first transgender athlete to play in pro golf tournament
U.S. Presidents
1829
Andrew Jackson holds “open house” at the White House
1952
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis marry
World War I
1918
First cases reported in deadly 1918 flu pandemic

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March 05
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1770
The Boston Massacre
On the cold, snowy night of March 5, 1770, a mob of American colonists gathers at the Customs House in Boston and begins taunting the British soldiers guarding the building. The protesters, who called themselves Patriots, were protesting the occupation of their city by British troops, who were sent ... read more
1960s
1960
Iconic photo of Che Guevara taken
Art, Literature, and Film History
1839
Charlotte Brontë declines marriage
1966
Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler hits #1 with “Ballad of the Green Berets”
Cold War
1946
Churchill delivers Iron Curtain speech
Crime
1969
Jim Morrison is charged with lewd behavior at a Miami concert
Inventions & Science
1929
David Buick dies
1963
Hula Hoop patented
Sports
1966
Marvin Miller elected first full-time MLB Players Association executive director
U.S. Presidents
1868
Impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson begins
World War II
1953
Joseph Stalin dies

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March 06
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1899
Bayer patents aspirin
The German company Bayer patents aspirin on March 6, 1899. Now the most common drug in household medicine cabinets, acetylsalicylic acid was originally made from a chemical found in the bark of willow trees. In its primitive form, the active ingredient, salicin, was used for centuries in folk medici... read more
1980s
1981
Walter Cronkite signs off as anchorman of "CBS Evening News"
1987
Ferry sinks in Belgium, 188 people drown
19th Century
1836
The Battle of the Alamo comes to an end
American Revolution
1776
New York demands Sandy Hook lighthouse be dismantled
Art, Literature, and Film History
1475
Michelangelo is born
1986
Georgia O'Keeffe dies
2001
The death spiral of Napster begins
Cold War
1951
The espionage trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg begins
1953
Georgy Malenkov succeeds Stalin
European History
1983
Helmut Kohl elected West German chancellor
Sports
1902
Real Madrid founded
U.S. Government and Politics
1857
Supreme Court rules in Dred Scott case
U.S. Presidents
1820
President Monroe signs the Missouri Compromise
World War II
1945
Dutch Resistance ambushes SS officer

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March 07
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1965
Civil rights protesters beaten in “Bloody Sunday” attack
On March 7, 1965, in Selma, Alabama, a 600-person civil rights demonstration ends in violence when marchers are attacked and beaten by white state troopers and sheriff’s deputies. The day's events became known as "Bloody Sunday." The demonstrators—led by civil rights... read more
American Revolution
1777
Five letters pass between Abigail and John Adams
Art, Literature, and Film History
1923
“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is published
1988
Writers Guild of America strike begins
1999
Stanley Kubrick dies
2010
Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first female director to win an Oscar
Civil War
1862
Battle of Pea Ridge (Elkhorn Tavern), Arkansas
Crime
2002
Defense rests in Andrea Yates trial
Inventions & Science
1876
Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone
Vietnam War
1966
U.S. jets launch heaviest air raids of the war
World War II
1936
Hitler reoccupies the Rhineland, violating the Treaty of Versailles
1941
British forces arrive in Greece

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March 08
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1917
February Revolution begins, leading to the end of czarist rule in Russia
In Russia, the February Revolution (known as such because of Russia’s use of the Julian calendar) begins on March 8, 1917 when riots and strikes over the scarcity of food erupt in Petrograd. One week later, centuries of czarist rule in Russia ended with the abdication of Nicholas II, and Russia took... read more
21st Century
2014
Malaysia Airlines flight vanishes with more than 200 people aboard
African History
1957
Egypt opens the Suez Canal
American Revolution
1782
Pennsylvania militiamen murder Patriot allies
Art, Literature, and Film History
1993
"Beavis and Butt-Head" premieres on MTV
Crime
1951
The Lonely Hearts Killers are executed
Inventions & Science
1950
VW bus, icon of counterculture movement, goes into production
Natural Disasters & Environment
1669
Mount Etna begins rumbling
Sports
1971
Ali battles Frazier in "Fight of the Century" for heavyweight championship
U.S. Presidents
1983
Reagan refers to U.S.S.R. as “evil empire” again
Vietnam War
1965
U.S. Marines land at Da Nang
World War II
1942
Dutch surrender on Java

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March 09
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1959
The Barbie doll makes its debut
On March 9, 1959, the first Barbie doll goes on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City. Eleven inches tall, with a waterfall of blond hair, Barbie was the first mass-produced toy doll in the United States with adult features. The woman behind Barbie was Ruth Handler, who co-founded Mattel... read more
American Revolution
1781
Spanish siege of Pensacola begins
Art, Literature, and Film History
1996
Comedian George Burns dies at age 100
Civil War
1862
U.S.S. Monitor battles C.S.S. Virginia
Crime
1997
Rapper Notorious B.I.G. is killed in Los Angeles
EARLY 20th CENTURY U.S.
1916
Pancho Villa attacks Columbus, New Mexico
European History
1918
Russian Bolshevik Party becomes the Communist Party
Inventions & Science
1985
First Adopt-a-Highway sign goes up
Natural Disasters & Environment
1981
Japanese power plant leaks radioactive waste
Slavery
1841
Supreme Court rules on Amistad slave ship mutiny case
Sports
1979
Lawsuit prompts MLB to allow locker room access to female reporters
U.S. Presidents
1954
President Eisenhower criticizes Senator Joseph McCarthy
Vietnam War
1970
Marines hand over control of I Corps region
World War I
1916
Germany declares war on Portugal
World War II
1945
Firebombing of Tokyo

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March 10
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1959
Tibetans revolt against Chinese occupation
On March 10, 1959, Tibetans band together in revolt, surrounding the summer palace of the Dalai Lama in defiance of Chinese occupation forces. China’s occupation of Tibet began nearly a decade before, in October 1950, when troops from its People’s Liberation Army (PLA) invaded the country, barely on... read more
19th Century
1864
Montana vigilantes hang Jack Slade
1876
First speech transmitted by telephone
Art, Literature, and Film History
1926
First Book-of-the-Month Club selection is published
1988
Disco sensation Andy Gibb dies at the age of 30
1997
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” premieres on the WB
Cold War
1948
Czech diplomat Jan Masaryk dies under strange circumstances
Crime
1993
Dr. David Gunn is murdered by anti-abortion activist
European History
1906
Mine explosion kills 1,060 in France
Sports
2006
Cuba plays in World Baseball Classic
U.S. Presidents
1864
President Lincoln signs Ulysses S. Grant’s commission to command the U.S. Army
Vietnam War
1970
Army captain charged with My Lai war crimes
World War I
1917
Turkish troops begin evacuation of Baghdad
World War II
1945
The Firebombing of Tokyo continues

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March 11
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2011
Fukushima nuclear disaster
On March 11, 2011, the largest earthquake ever recorded in Japan causes massive devastation, and the ensuing tsunami decimates the Tōhoku region of northeastern Honshu. On top of the already-horrific destruction and loss of life, the natural disaster also gives rise to a nuclear disaster at the Fuku... read more
21st Century
2020
President Trump addresses the nation on COVID-19; announces travel ban
American Revolution
1779
Congress establishes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Art, Literature, and Film History
1903
Lawrence Welk is born
Black History