More March 1 Trivia
1692 - In Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Sarah
Goode, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba, an Indian slave from Barbados,
were accused of witchcraft, beginning the Salem Witchcraft
Trials. Assuming those convicted were not practicing the dark
arts, 19 innocent women and men were killed as a result of
1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy
1790 - The first United States census was authorized.
1868 - The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was founded at the University
1872 - Congress made 1,221,773 acres of public land in the
area of what were later the states of Wyoming, Montana, and
Idaho as America's first national park - Yellowstone National
Park. Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square
1910 - An avalanche in Wellington, Washington took The Great
Northern Railroad's westbound Spokane Express and the Wellington
Train Station. 96 people were killed.
1921 - Harry Houdini earned a US Patent (#1,370,31) for a
safety Diver Suit for his underwater magic escape tricks.
1932 - The Lindbergh Kidnapping - Charles Lindbergh III, the
20-month-old son of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh, was kidnapped
from the family's new mansion in Hopewell, New Jersey.
1954 - At Bikini Atoll, US hydrogen bomb code-named Bravo
1961 - President John F. Kennedy issued an executive order
establishing the Peace Corps.
1971 - A bomb exploded in the Capitol building in Washington,
DC, but hurt no one. A group callied the "Weather Underground"
claimed credit for the bombing, which was done in protest
of the ongoing US supported Laos invasion.
1971 - James Taylor made the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine,
spotlighting 'The New Rock: Bittersweet and Low.'
1983 - Swatch watches were introduced. I'm still looking to
replace my wife's black face, black band, black hands edition.
1991- Clarissa Explains It All debuted on Nickelodeon.
1995 - Yahoo! was incorporated.
1996 - The news was revealed that 1 billion households worldwide
owned a television set.
1998 - Titanic became the first film to gross over
$1 billion worldwide.
2007 - Chiller debuted on cable television
More March 2 Trivia
1657 - The Great Fire of Meireki in Edo (now Tokyo), Japan,
caused more than 100,000 deaths, and lasted three days
1807 - The US Congress passed an act to "prohibit the
importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction
of the United States... from any foreign kingdom, place, or
1863 - The US Congress authorized a track width of 4-feet,
8-1/2 inches as the standard for the Union Pacific Railroad,
which became the standard width for most of the world.
1937 - King Kong (film) opened at New York's Radio
City Music Hall.
1944 - Train #8017 stopped in a tunnel near Salerno, Italy,
and more than 500 people on board suffocated and died. In
the midst of WW II, the story was very much covered up by
the Italian government.
1949 - The first round the world nonstop airplane flight was
completed in a US Air Force B-50 Superfortress bomber, the
Lucky Lady II headed by Captain James Gallagher. They landed
back at Carswell Air Force base, Fort Worth, Texas, which
they had left on February 26, about 94 hours earlier.
1960 - Lucille Ball filed for divorce from Desi Arnaz, ending
their marriage as well as the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show
franchise on CBS.
1962 - Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a single basketball
game against the New York Knicks. Final score: 169-147, at
the Hershey Arena. Although there were only about 6,000 tickets
sold, guesstimates are that almost 50% of male sports fans
born in the Philadelphia area between 1925 and 1958 claim
to have been at the event.
1969 - The Concorde SST Supersonic jet aircraft, prototype
001, made its first flight from Toulouse airport in France.
1972 - US spacecraft Pioneer 10 was launched.
1983 - Compact discs and players are released for the first
time in the United States and other markets. (They had previously
been available only in Japan.)
1978 - Charlie Chaplin's body was stolen from a cemetery in
the Swiss village of Corsier-sur-Vevey, near Lausanne, Switzerland.
The grave robbers (and the re-buried body) were found a few
1985 - Sheena Easton the first and still only recording artist
to score top-10 singles on all five major Billboard singles
charts: Pop, Country, Dance, Adult Contemporary and R&B
with her hit 'Sugar Walls.'
1990 - Nelson Mandela was elected deputy President of the
African National Congress.
2009 - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon premiered on NBC.
More March 3 Trivia
1873 - US Congress passed the 'Comstock Law', making it illegal
to send any "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" books
through the mail.
1885 - American Telephone and Telegraph Company was incorporated
as a wholly owned subsidiary of American Bell.
1901 - The office of Standards, Weights and Measures was created
by an act of the US Congress.
1915 - Birth of a Nation made it's east coast debut
1915 - NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics),
the predecessor of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration),
1919 -The first US international airmail service began, between
Seattle, Washington and Victoria, B.C., Canada.
1923 - TIME magazine published the first issue.
1931 - President Herbert Hoover made Francis Scott Key's "The
Star-Spangled Banner" the official national anthem of
the United States.
1938 - Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia.
1951 - Watch Mr. Wizard debuted on NBC.
1951 - Jackie Brenston recorded 'Rocket 88' at Sam Phillips'
recording studios in Memphis, Tennessee.
1952 - In a 6-3 decision, the US Supreme Court upheld a New
York state law that prohibited communists from teaching in
1985 - Moonlighting premiered on ABC
1991 - Rodney King was severely beaten by police officers
in Los Angeles, CA. The footage was filmed by observers and
then broadcast on television in the U.S. The incident led
to massive riots by African-Americans in the city of Los Angeles.
1997 - Daria premiered on MTV
2005 - After 67 hours, the first solo non-stop and fastest
flight around the world without refueling ended when Steve
Fossett landed at the Salina Municipal Airport, which he had
left on February 28, 2005.
More March 4 Trivia
1519 - Hernán Cortés arrived in Mexico in search
of the Aztec civilization and its wealth.
1789 - The federal government under the US Constitution began,
replacing the Articles of Confederation.
1826 - The first chartered railroad in the US was chartered
as the Granite Railway in Quincy, Massachusetts.
1837 - The city of Chicago was incorporated.
1853 - Franklin Pierce was the first U.S. President to recite
his inauguration address entirely from memory. The speech
was 3,329 words long.
1930 - The Coolidge Dam on Gila River in Arizona was dedicated
by President Calvin Coolidge.
1944 - Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, the head of Murder,
Inc., was executed by electric chair at Sing Sing Prison in
1966 - John Lennon was quoted as saying "Christianity
will go, it will vanish and shrink... We're more popular than
Jesus now," in reference to religion fading in the western
1975 - The first People's Choice Awards was shown on
1975 - People magazine was published for the first
time in the United States as People Weekly.
1982 - Police Squad! premiered on ABC, lasting 6 episodes,
but the concept was made into several very successful "Naked
Gun" feature films
1985 - Robotech premiered, in syndication
More March 5 Trivia
1223 BC - The oldest recorded eclipse occurred, in modern
1558 - The tobacco plant was introduced into Spain by Francisco
Fernandes, as a healing herb.
1933 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared a bank holiday'
- closing all US banks and freezing all financial transactions.
1946 - Winston Churchill coined the phrase 'Iron Curtain'
in his speech at Westminster College, Missouri.
1955 - Elvis Presley appeared on Louisiana Hayride
on local television (Shreveport, Louisiana)
1963 - Invented in 1958 by Arthur K. Melin and Richard Knerr,
the Hula Hoop was patented (#3,079,728)
1969 - In Florida, the Dade County Sheriff's Office issued
an arrest warrant for Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison charging
him with a single felony count and three misdemeanors for
his performance at a Miami concert a few days earlier. Specifically,
"lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent exposure, profanity,
2002 - The Osbournes debuted on MTV
More March 6 Trivia
1836 - The Battle of the Alamo took place
1857 - The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the
Dred Scott v. Sandford case. It stated that anyone brought
into the United States as a slave, or their descendants, could
never be a United States citizen. The court of public opinion
disagreed very vocally a few years later.
1899 - Bayer registered Aspirin as a trademark. Aspirin is
considered by many to be the first wonder drug.
1930 - General Foods put the first individually packaged frozen
foods - "Birds Eye Frosted Foods" on sale in Springfield,
1943 - Norman Rockwell published Freedom from Want
in The Saturday Evening Post with a matching essay by Carlos
Bulosan as part of the 'Four Freedoms Series.'
1950 - Silly Putty was introduced as a toy by Peter Hodgson.
It was invented in 1943 by James Wright in an effort to make
1953 - James Watson and Francis Crick submitted to 'Nature'
magazine their first article on the structure of DNA. It was
published in the April 25th 1953 issue.
1964 - Nation of Islam's Elijah Muhammad officially gave boxing
champion Cassius Clay the name of Muhammad Ali.
1981 - Walter Cronkite resigned as main anchorman of The CBS
1983 - Country Music Television (CMT) began.
1985 - The song We Are the World was released.
1992 - The Michelangelo computer virus began to affect computers.
1994 - Liquid Television on MTV ended
2000 - Mobile Suit Gundam Wing debuted on The Cartoon
2001 - Napster began to block the transfer of copyrighted
material over its peer-to-peer network. In July 2001, Napster
shut down its entire network.
More March 7 Trivia
1876 - Alexander Graham Bell received his patent for (#174,465)
1897 - Dr. John Kellogg served the world's first cornflakes
to his patients at a mental hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan.
1911 - Willis S. Farnsworth Patented (#985,990) the first
1933 The board game Monopoly was created and trademarked by
Charles Darrow in Atlantic City.
1987 - Mike Tyson defeated James "Bonecrusher" Smith
to unify the WBA and WBC heavyweight titles.
2009 - The Kepler space observatory was launched.
2011 - Charlie Sheen was officially fired from Two and
a Half Men.
More March 8 Trivia
1618 - Johannes Kepler formulated his Third Law of Planetary
1669 - Mount Etna, on the island of Sicily, began erupting
and over the next several weeks killed over 20,000 people.
1755 - Thomas Paine, published African Slavery in America
- the first article in the American colonies calling for the
emancipation of slaves and the abolition of slavery.
1817 - The New York Stock Exchange was founded.
1950 - The 'Volkswagen Type 2', known as the VW Bus, was produced
for the first time.
1968 - Bill Graham's Fillmore East opened in New York City.
1971 - Muhammad Ali lost to Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier
in the "Fight of the Century" at Madison Square
Garden in New York City.
1978 - The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide
to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, was broadcast.
1983 - President Ronald Reagan labels the Soviet Union an
1993- Beavis and Butt-Head premiered on MTV.
2006 - Top Chef debuted on Bravo
More March 9 Trivia
1611 - Johannes Fabricius, a Dutch astronomer, discovered
1822 - Charles M. Graham of NY was issued the first US Patent
(#X03472) for artificial teeth.
1841 - The US Supreme Court ruled that the African slaves
who seized control of the Amistad slave ship had been illegally
forced into slavery, and thus were free under American law.
1858 - The first US Patent (#19,578) for a street postal mailbox
was patented by Albert Potts, of Philadelphia.
1957 (Earthquake) Andreanof Islands, Alaska
1959 - Barbie debuted. Barbie's appearance was modeled on
a doll named Lilli, which was based on a racy German comic
1985 - The Tyler Civitan Club was the first to partake in
the Adopt-a-Highway Sign Program, erected on Texas's Highway
1989 - A Geomagnetic Storm affected Quebec's electrical transmission
1997 - Christopher Wallace, AKA Biggie Smalls, AKA the Notorious
B.I.G., was shot to death at a stoplight in Los Angeles. Rapper
Suge Knight has been eyed as the killer. Suge was also accused
of running over (and killing) Terry Carter in January, 2015.
2009 - Castle premiered on ABC
More March 10 Trivia
1804 - In St. Louis, Missouri, a formal ceremony was conducted
to transfer ownership of the Louisiana Territory from France
to the United States, via the Louisiana Purchase.
1876 - Alexander Graham Bell spoke into his just-completed
invention, the telephone. "Mr. Watson, come here. I want
to see you." It worked.
1906 - An underground fire sparked a massive explosion that
virtually destroyed a vast maze of mines in Courrieres, France,
that killed over 1,000 workers.
1926 - Lolly Willowes, or The Loving Huntsman, was
the first Book-of-the-Month Club selection, published by Viking
1955 - A US Patent (#2,704,172) was issued to Aaron S. Lapin
for his invention of "Dispensing Valves for Gas Pressure
Containers". That may sound boring until you find out
it was for his Reddi-Wip cream topping.
1978 - The Incredible Hulk premiered on CBS.
1980 - Jean Harris shot and killed Scarsdale diet doctor Herman
1983 - MTV broadcasted the video of Michael Jackson's song
"Billie Jean" for the first time
1997 - Buffy, The Vampire Slayer premiered on The WB,
based on the 1992 movie.
More March 11 Trivia
105 - Ts'ai Lun invented paper, in China.
1818 - Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by 21-year-old
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, was published. It is recognized
as world's first science fiction novel.
1864 - The Great Sheffield Flood killed 238 people in Sheffield,
1888 - Great Blizzard of 1888, east coast, USA, killed more
than 400 people.
1916 - USS Nevada (BB-36) was commissioned as the first US
1918 - The influenza epidemic of 1918 began in Fort Riley,
Kansas. 20 million people world-wide died from the disease.
1927 - Samuel Roxy Rothafel opened the Roxy Theatre in NYC.
1933 - 42nd Street was released in theaters.
1960 - Pioneer V was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida
1974 - The children's special Free to Be... You and Me,
produced by Marlo Thomas, aired on ABC.
1989 - COPS debuted on FOX. It was one of the earliest
'reality TV" shows.
1997 - 'Sir' Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth
II for his "services to music."
2011 (Earthquake) Coastal Honshu, Japan
2011 - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster, Japan
More March 12 Trivia
1894 - Coca-Cola bottles were sold to the public for the first
time, in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
1912 - The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts of the
USA) were founded in the United States.
1923 - Phonofilm, the first motion picture with a sound-on-film
track was demonstrated at a press conference by Dr. Lee De
Forest, who was also the inventor of the radio tube in 1907.
1928 - St. Francis Dam collapsed San Francisquito Canyon,
1933 - New resident Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his first national
radio address or "fireside chat," from the White
1993 - '93 Superstorm stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to
the northeastern US. 318 were killed.
1994 - The Church of England ordained its first female priests.
1999 - Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary
and Poland joined NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).
2003 - 15-year-old Elizabeth Smart was found in Sandy, Utah,
nine months after being abducted from her Salt Lake City home.
2003 - The Dixie Chicks' lead singer, Natalie Maines said,
in an interview with The Gaurdian "Just so you know,
we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war,
this violence. And we're ashamed the President of the United
States is from Texas." That lead to a revolt from many
of their fans.
2008 - Hulu opened online.
More March 13 Trivia
1639 - Formerly 'New College," Harvard College was renamed
after clergyman John Harvard.
1781 - German-born English astronomer William Hershel discovered
1862 - The US government forbade all Union army officers from
returning fugitive slaves, effectively annulling the Fugitive
Slave Act of 1850 and setting the stage for the Emancipation
1868 - Impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson began. He was found
1877 - The first US Patent (#188,292) for earmuffs was issued
to teen-aged Chester Greenwood of Farmington, Maine.
1930 - The discovery of a ninth planet, named Pluto, was announced
by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory. Pluto was later
degraded to a 'Dwarf Planet.'
1969 - Disney's The Love Bug opened in theaters.
2013 - Pope Francis was elected in the papal conclave as the
266th Pope of the Catholic Church.
More March 14 Trivia
44 BC - Casca and Cassius decided that Mark Antony should
stay alive durng the Caesar assassination the next day.
1794 - Eli Whitney was issued a US Patent (#X0072) for his
1839 - Sir John Herschel referred to 'photography'- his new
word - in a lecture to the Royal Society
1899 - Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin was issued a US Patent
(#621,195) for the invention of his "Navigable Balloon,"
the rigid airship, known as the Zeppelin.
1900 - The Gold Standard Act is ratified, placing United States
currency on the gold standard. No country uses it today (2016).
1936 - The first all-sound film version of Show Boat
opened at Radio City Music Hall.
1950 - The Federal Bureau of Investigation instituted the
"Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list (List)
1958 - The Recording Industry Association of America awarded
the first Gold Record (500,000 sold) to Perry Como for 'Catch
A Falling Star.'
2011 - Aflac Insurance fired Gilbert Gottfried, the voice
of the Aflac Spokesduck, for an offensive online tweet about
the Japan earthquake
More March 15 Trivia
44 BC - Gaius Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman
Senate house, by 60 conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus
and Gaius Cassius Longinus. #bewaretheidesofmarch
1545 - First meeting of the Council of Trent, the 'Counter-Reformation'.
1806 - A chondrite meteorite, carrying carbon-based, organic
chemicals, was identified for the first time. Found outside
Alais, France, the organic chemicals it carried suggested
the possibility of life on whatever body was the source, somewhere
out in space.
1906 - Rolls-Royce Limited was incorporated.
1956 - My Fair Lady debuted on Broadway at the Mark
1922 - Fuad I became King of Egypt.
1977 - Eight Is Enough & Three's Company
debuted on ABC.
1985 - The first Internet domain name was registered - symbolics.com.
More March 16 Trivia
1850 - Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter was
1926 - American Robert H. Goddard launched the world's first
liquid-fueled rocket at Auburn, Massachusetts. It reached
a height of 41 feet.
1942 - The first V-2 rocket test launched. It exploded at
1945 - Tsutomu Yamaguchi was the only individual who witnessed
and survived both atom bombs in Japan, Hiroshima on August
6th, and Nagasaki on August 9.
1958 - The Ford Motor Company produced its 50 millionth automobile,
1961 - Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, MD, was
1968 - General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile,
an Oldsmobile Toronado.
1978 - The Amoco Cadiz wrecked off the coast of Portsall,
France, spilling 68 million gallons of oil.
1985 - Associated Press newsman Terry Anderson was taken hostage
in Beirut. He was released on December 4, 1991.
2005 - Robert Blake, star of the 1970s television detective
show Baretta, was acquitted of the murder of his 44-year-old
wife, Bonny Lee Bakley.
More March 17 Trivia
461 - Saint Patrick died in Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.
1762 - The first parade Saint Patrick (the patron saint of
Ireland) was held by Irish soldiers serving in the British
army in New York City.
1885 - The medical report of the deformities of Joseph Carey
Merrick - The 'Elephant Man' - was presented to the Pathological
Society of London by Dr. Frederick Treves.
1947 - First flight of the B-45 Tornado strategic bomber.
1958 - The United States launched the Vanguard 1 satellite.
1980 - The Supreme Court concerning whether a patent could
be issued for a genetically-engineered bacterium in the case
of Diamond vs. Chakrabarty. On June 16th, they decided yes,
it could be patented.
1901 - 11 years after his suicide, 71 paintings by Vincent
van Gogh were shown at the Bernheim-Jeune gallery in Paris.
1958 - The US launched the Vanguard I satellite, from Cape
1992 - A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa was passed
68.7% to 31.2%.
More March 18 Trivia
37 - Caligula was declared emperor of Rome.
1834 - The first US railroad tunnel was completed between
Hollidaysburg and Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
1850 - American Express is founded by Henry Wells and William
Fargo. They were very successful in banking.
1852 - Henry Wells and William G. Fargo founded Wells, Fargo
1911 - Irving Berlin copyrighted the first mega-pop hit, 'Alexander's
1922 - Mohandas Gandhi was sentenced to six years in prison
for civil disobedience (he served only two).
1925 - Tri-State Tornado (Missouri-Illinois-Indiana) killed
1968 - The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold
reserve (the Gold Standard) to back US currency.
1975 - McLean Stevenson's character (Lt. Colonel Henry Blake)
died in the M*A*S*H episode "Abyssinia, Henry",
its third season finale
1981 - The Greatest American Hero debuted on NBC
1984 - Miss America, Vanessa Williams became even more well-known
when she became the first Miss America to resign after old
nude photos of her appeared in "Penthouse" magazine.
She has gone on to prove herself as a first class actress
and singer. That particular issue is also noted for being
the first issue with a man on the cover (George Burns), and
an underage Traci Lords is the nude centerfold. It is illegal
to own, or even look inside, this issue in most countries,
including the United States.
1990 - In the largest art theft in US history, 12 paintings,
collectively worth over $300 million, were stolen from the
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
2005 - The Suite Life of Zack & Cody premiered
on The Disney Channel
More March 19 Trivia
1649 - The House of Commons of England abolished the House
of Lords, declaring it 'useless and dangerous to the people
1842 - French writer Honore de Balzac's play Les Ressources
de Quinola opened to an empty house due to a publicity stunt.
He had earlier announced that the show had sold out, so nobody
actually bought any tickets.
1918 - Congress established time zones and approved daylight
1931 - The Nevada state legislature voted to legalize gambling
1957 - Graceland was on 13.8 acre estate, and sold for $102,500
to Elvis Presley.
1962 - Bob Dylan released his first album, Bob Dylan.
1979 - C-Span was launched
1983 - First Lady Nancy Reagan made an appearance on an episode
of Diff'rent Strokes, beginning her Just Say No anti-drug
1987 - Televangelist Jim Bakker resigned as the host of The
PTL Club after involvement in a sex scandal.
More March 20 Trivia
1345 - According to scholars at the University of Paris, the
Black Death was created today, from what they called "a
triple conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars in the 40th
degree of Aquarius, occurring on the 20th of March 1345."
Actually, the bubonic plague came from infected fleas from
sickened and dead rats.
1602 - The Dutch East India Company was established.
1852 - Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel, Uncle
Tom's Cabin, was published.
1854 - In Ripon, Wisconsin, former members of the Whig Party
formed the Republican Party.
1900 - Nikola Tesla received a US Patent (#645,576) for the
wireless transmission of electric power.
1916 - Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity
was published in Annalen der Physik.
1982 - Rock Guitarist Randy Rhodes died in a plane crash.
1985 - Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the 1,135-mile
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
1987 - The FDA approved the sale of AZT (azidothymidine)
1995 - The Aum Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth) cult released Sarin
gas into the Tokyo subway system, killing a dozen people and
More March 21 Trivia
1788 - The Great New Orleans Fire destroyed 80% of the city.
1859 - The first Zoological Society was incorporated in Philadelphia.
PA, today simply called 'The Philadelphia Zoo.'
1871 - Otto von Bismarck was appointed Chancellor of the German
1925 - Butler Act became state law in Tennessee that prohibited
"The teaching of the Evolution Theory in all the Universities,
Normals and all other public schools of Tennessee, which are
supported in whole or in part by the public school funds of
the State, and to provide penalties for the violations thereof
that it shall be unlawful to teach any theory that denies
the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible,
and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order
of animals." It was repealed on May 17, 1967.
1942 - A report was submitted suggesting the name "plutonium"
for artificial element 94 since it followed neptunium and
uranium (elements 93 and 92).
1952 - Hosted by Alan Freed, first major rock-and-roll show,
the Moondog Coronation Ball, was held in Cleveland, Ohio.
1963 - Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay closed and transferred
its remaining prisoners.
1965 - Martin Luther King Jr., and 3200 civil rights demonstrators
began a historic march from Selma, Alabama to the state capitol
1980 - "Who shot J.R.?" On the season finale of
Dallas, J. R. Ewing was shot by an unseen assailant. The following
season we found out that it was Kristin Shepard, J.R.'s mistress
1980 - President Jimmy Carter announced that the United States
would boycott the Olympic Games scheduled to take place in
Moscow that summer.
1989 - Sports Illustrated reported allegations tying
baseball player Pete Rose to baseball gambling.
2006 - Twitter was founded.
More March 22 Trivia
1630 - The Massachusetts Bay Colony outlawed the possession
of cards, dice, and gaming tables.
1894 - The first championship series for Lord Stanley's Cup
was played in Montreal, Canada. The Montreal HC (Montreal
Hockey Club) won the first cup.
1933 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Beer and
Wine Revenue Act, putting a federal tax on all alcoholic beverages,
although prohibition was still in effect until December, 1933.
1945 - The Arab League was founded in Cairo, Egypt.
1960 - The first laser was patented (#2,929,922) by Arthur
Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes under the title 'Masers and
Maser Communications System.'
1963 - The Beatles' first album, Please Please Me,
was released in the United Kingdom.
1972 - The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by the U.S. Senate
and sent to the states for ratification. It never gained the
38 states necessary to become part of the US Constitution.
1978 - The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash aired on NBC.
1978 - Karl Wallenda, aged 73, of The Flying Wallendas, died
after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan,
1997 - Tara Lipinski, age 14 years and 10 months, became the
youngest women's World Figure Skating Champion.
More March 23 Trivia
893 (Earthquake) Iran
1775 - Patrick Henry delivered his 'Give me liberty, or give
me death!' speech at St. John's Episcopal Church, in Richmond,
1839 - The initials 'O.K.' were first published in The Boston
Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for 'oll correct,'
a popular slang misspelling of 'all correct' at the time.
1840 - John William Draper took the first successful photo
of the Moon. Actually, a daguerreotype, a precursor of the
1857 - Elisha Otis's first elevator was installed at 488 Broadway
New York City.
1913 (Tornado) Omaha, Nebraska
1956 - Pakistan became the first Islamic republic in the world.
1982 - Joanie Loves Chachi premiered on ABC
1983 - President Ronald Reagan introduced the Strategic Defense
Initiative (SDI) now called "Star Wars" to the American
1983 - Dr. Barney C. Clark, the first recipient of a permanent
artificial heart, died at the University of Utah's Medical
Center after 112 days with the device.
1998 - James Cameron's Titanic won 11 Academy Awards.
2001 - The Russian space station, Mir, ended 15 years in orbit
by burning up entering Earth's atmosphere, mostly burning
up in the atmosphere, and splashing into the Pacific Ocean..
More March 24 Trivia
1707 - The Acts of Union 1707 was signed, officially uniting
the Kingdoms and parliaments of England and Scotland to create
the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1765 - The Kingdom of Great Britain passed the Quartering
Act, which required homes in the Thirteen Colonies to house
1882 - Robert Koch announced the discovery of Mycobacterium
tuberculosis, the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis.
1955 - Tennessee Williams' play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
opened in New York,
1958 - Elvis Presley (serial number 53 310 761) was inducted
into the U.S. Army
1989 - The Exxon Valdez, captained by Joseph Jeffrey Hazelwood,
hit Prince William Sound, spilling 11,000,000 gallons of Alaskan
1993- Doogie Howser, M.D. aired its final episode
2005 - The Office premiered on NBC
2006 - Hannah Montana premiered on The Disney Channel
More March 25 Trivia
421 - The city of Venice was founded.
1655 - Saturn's largest moon, Titan, was discovered by Christiaan
1807 - The Slave Trade Act became law, abolishing the slave
trade in the British Empire.
1811 - Percy Bysshe Shelley was expelled from the University
of Oxford for publishing the pamphlet The Necessity of
1911 - The Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory burned in New
York City, killing 145 workers. The disaster helped bring
forth more laws and regulations protecting employees.
1957 - United States Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsberg's
poem 'Howl' on grounds of obscenity.
1982 - Cagney & Lacey premiered on CBS
1984 - Television Special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
introduced Michael Jackson's 'moonwalk' during his performance
of "Billie Jean."
1990 - The Happy Land nightclub fire was an arson fire that
killed 87 people in The Bronx, New York City.
1995 - WikiWikiWeb, the world's first wiki, and part
of the Portland Pattern Repository, was published online by
2001 - Bjork wore her now-famous 'swan dress' to the Oscars.
2002 - The Bachelor premiered on ABC
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1169 - Saladin became the emir of Egypt.
1812 - A political cartoon in the Boston Gazette coined the
term "gerrymander" (named after Governor Elbridge
Gerry) to describe oddly shaped electoral districts designed
to help incumbents win reelection.
1872 (Earthquake) Owens Valley, California killed 30 people.
1895 - The Phantoscope, an early motion picture projector
that enlarged film images for viewing by large groups, was
patented (#536,569) by Charles Francis Jenkins and Thomas
1916 - Robert Stroud (The Birdman of Alcatraz) stabbed and
killed a prison guard in Leavenworth Kansas. He was sentenced
to Alcatraz for the murder.
1920 - This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1930 - The Book of Mormon was published in Palmyra,
1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk announced that he had successfully tested
a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes polio.
1993 - The last new episode of The Family Feud with host Ray
1997 - After the 1995 discovery of the comet Hale-Bopp, 39
members of the 'Heaven's Gate' cult committed suicide to more
quickly join the aliens on the 'other side' of the comet.
1999 - The 'Melissa worm' infected Microsoft word processing
and e-mail systems.
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1886 - Apache warrior, Geronimo, surrendered to the US Army.
1899 - Guglielmo Marconi's radio transmitted across the English
Channel from Boulogne, France, to Dover, England.
1915 - Typhoid Mary, the first healthy carrier of disease
ever ID'd in the United States, was put in quarantine.
1964 (Earthquake) 'Good Friday Earthquake' - the most powerful
earthquake in US history at a magnitude of 9.2, struck Southcentral
Alaska, killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to
the city of Anchorage.
1973 - Native American actress Sacheen Littlefeather went
to podium for Marlon Brando to decline his Best Actor Oscar
for his performance in The Godfather.
1975 - Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System began.
1983 - The Thornbirds miniseries ran March 27-30 on ABC
1998 - The FDA approved Viagra. It seems like the commercials
were running a lot longer than that.
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1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy
1920 - Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford got married; it
was the first high profile celebrity wedding.
1949 - Fred Hoyle coined the term "Big Bang" in
a radio interview.
1960 - Stanley Kramer was the first to get his star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame
1964 (Earthquake) Alaska - the 8.4 on the Richter scale quake
killed 125 people.
1979 - Three Mile Island Nuclear Disaster happened when a
pressure valve in the Unit-2 reactor at Three Mile Island
failed to close.
1990 - President George H. W. Bush posthumously awarded Olympic
athlete Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal.
2005 (Earthquake) Nothern Sumatar, Indonesia
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1638 - Swedish colonists established the first European settlement
in Delaware, naming it New Sweden.
1867 - Queen Victoria gave Royal Assent to the British North
America Act which established the Dominion of Canada, effective
on July 1.
1871 - The Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria.
1882 - The 'Knights of Columbus' was established.
1951 - Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy
to commit espionage.
1998 - BBC America made its debut on digital cable.
2009 - In a very unusual political/business situation, Rick
Wagoner, the chairman and chief executive of General Motors,
resigned at the request of President Obama's administration.
2006 - Queen Elizabeth II pronounced the singer 'Sir' Tom
Jones a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the
2010 - Fox Reality Channel was replaced with Nat Geo Wild
on cable television.
More March 30 Trivia
1842 - Ether anesthesia was used for the first time, in an
operation by the American surgeon, Dr. Crawford Long.
1867 - Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million ('Seward's
Folly'), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward.
1910 - The Mississippi Legislature founded the University
of Southern Mississippi.
1939 - Detective Comics #27 was released, introducing
1964 - Jeopardy!, hosted by Art Fleming, debuted.
1966 - The special Color Me Barbra, with Barbra Streisand,
aired on CBS.
1981 - President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest outside
a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley Jr. He later told
his wife, Nancy, ''Honey, I forgot to duck."
1990 - In Belgium, several UFOs were seen on radar and were
chased by two Belgian Air Force F-16's
2001 - The Fairly Odd Parents and Invader Zim
premiered on Nickelodeon
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1492 - Queen Isabella of Castille issued the Alhambra Decree,
ordering her 150,000 Jewish and Muslim subjects to convert
to Christianity or face expulsion.
1822 - The massacre of tens of thousands of people living
on the Greek island of Chios by soldiers of the Ottoman Empire
following an attempted rebellion,.
1836 - The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club,
by Charles Dickens, was published under his pseudonym, Boz.
1889 - The Eiffel Tower, 986 feet tall, in Paris, France,
1918 - The US began daylight saving time (DST) on Easter Sunday,
when clocks were set ahead by one hour.
1930 - The Motion Picture Production Code was instituted,
imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime,
religion and violence in film, in the US. It was in place
1943 - Formally called 'Away We Go' in the initial tryout
runs, Oklahoma! opened on Broadway.
1957 - Julie Andrews starred in Cinderella, on CBS
1959 - The Dalai Lama, fled the Chinese suppression of a national
uprising in Tibet and crossed the border into India, where
he is granted political asylum.
1981 - A new single cell genetically engineered life form
patent (#4,259,444) was issued to Ananda Chakrabarty. The
Pseudomonas bacterium (now called Burkholderia cepacia) could
be used to clean up toxic spills because it can break down
crude oil into simpler substances that can potentially become
food for aquatic life.
1985 - The first WrestleMania, the biggest wrestling
event from the WWE (WWF), took place in Madison Square Garden
in New York.
1987 - Max Headroom premiered on ABC
1994- Madonna appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman
and stirred up controversy by going on a profanity-laden tirade.
It marked the most censored event in television talk show
history with 13 swear words being censored.
1995- Latina singer Selena was murdered and the live coverage
of the crime drew in over 3.2 million views to CBS.