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This Day in History - March

Historical events in the month of March by day:

1 Yellowstone becomes the U.S.'s first national park. (1872)

2 Texas declared its independence from Mexico (1836).

2 Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scores 100 points in a basketball game. (1962)

3 The Star Spangled Banner becomes the National Anthem (1931)

4 The Constitution of the United States of America goes into effect. (1789)

4 Mrs. Charles Fahning of Buffalo N.Y. is recognized as the first woman to bowl a perfect 300 game. (1930)

5 The Boston Massacre occurred. (1770)

6 Silly putty is invented. (1950)

6 Well known and loved Walter Cronkite signs off as anchorman off the CBS Evening News (1981)

7 Alexander Graham Bell patents the Telephone. (1876)

7 Monopoly board game is invented (1933)

8 President Ronald Reagan calls the USSR an "Evil Empire" (1983)

8 Baseball great Joe DiMaggio dies (1999)

9 Ironclad ships the Monitor and the Merrimack battle in the Civil war.

10 The U.S. government issues paper money for the first time. (1862)

10 Alexander Graham Bell places the world's first telephone call, to his assistant in the next room. (1876)

11 The most famous storm in American history begins.... the Blizzard of 1888.(1888)

12 Girl Scouts were founded. (1912)

12 Baseball great Joe DiMaggio agrees to a new contract with the NY Yankees, and gets a $6,250 raise. My, how times have changed! (1942)

13 Senate begins impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson. (1868)

13 Greenwood patented earmuffs, originally called the "Champion Ear Protector". (1877)  See Ear Muff Day

13 Harvard University is named after clergyman John Harvard. (1639)

14 Eli Whitney patents the Cotten Gin (1794)

14 George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak Company, commits suicide rather than facing the ravages of cancer. (1932)

15 "The Ides of March" Julius Caesar is stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus. (44 B.C.)

16 Professor Robert Goddard launches the first liquid fuel rocket. (1926)

16 The Mai Lai Massacre takes place in Vietnam. (1968)

17 On this day everyone is a little bit Irish- It's Saint Patrick's Day!

17 The rubber band was invented. Can you imagine life without them!?! (1845)

18 Soviet Union cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov becomes the first person to take a space walk. (1965)

19 Congress approves Daylight Savings Time. (1918)

20 Harriet Beacher Stowe publishes the book Uncle Tom's Cabin . (1852)

21 The infamous Alcatraz prison is closed. (1963)

23 Patrick Henry declares "Give me liberty, or give me death!" (1775)

24 German scientist Robert Koch announces he has discovered the bacillus that causes Tuberculosis. (1882)

24 Elvis Presley joins the U.S. Army. (1958)

25 The European Economic Community (ECC) is established by the Treaty of Rome. (1957)

26 Ludwig von Beethoven dies in Vienna, Austria. (1827)

26 Dr. Jonas Salk invents a vaccine to fight polio.

26 The Eastman Dry Plate and Chemical Company manufactures the first motion picture film. (1885)

27 The biggest earthquake ever recorded strikes Anchorage, Alaska.  It measured 8.3 on the Richter scale. (1964)

28 Nathaniel Briggs patents the washing machine. (1797)

28 The city of Madrid falls to the forces of Francisco Franco, ending the Spanish Civil War. (1939)

28 Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident occurs in Middletown, Pa. (1979)

29 Ice jams stop the flow of water over Niagara Falls. (1848)

29 Coca Cola is invented. (1886)

30 The 15th amendment goes into effect, giving black men the right to vote. (1870)

30 Jeopardy debuts on television. (1964)

31  The Eiffel Tower opens in Paris, France (1889)

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