March 1 in Pop Culture History

March 1 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

March 1 History Highlights

  • 1781 – The articles of Confederation were ratified by the 13 original states.
  • 1872 – Yellowstone National Park was established.
  • 1932 – The Charles (Jr.) Lindbergh Kidnapping occurred.
  • 1961 – The Peace Corps was established
  • 1999 – Land Mines were banned in a United Nations treaty.
  • If you were born on March 1st,
    You were likely conceived the week of… June 8th (prior year)

The Lindbergh Kidnapping

The Lindbergh kidnapping, also known as the “Crime of the Century,” was a famous and highly publicized criminal case.  Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., 20-month-old son of the famous aviator and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was kidnapped about 9:00 p.m., on March 1, 1932, from the nursery on the second floor of the Lindbergh home near Hopewell, New Jersey. The child was not found and was declared dead in 1935. Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a German carpenter, was eventually arrested, tried, and convicted of the crime. He was sentenced to death and executed by electric chair in 1936. The case generated much media attention and was the subject of numerous books and movies. It remains one of the most famous criminal cases in American history.

March 1 is…

Baby Sleep Day
National Compliment Day
Peanut Butter Lovers Day
National Pig Day
(Plan a) Solo Vacation Day

National Compliment Day

In 1998, two women from New Hampshire, Kathy Chamberlin and Debby Hoffyman, started National Compliment Day as a way to remind people that paying compliments is a very positive thing. On this day, we celebrate the simple act of giving someone a compliment. It’s easy to connect with another human being and it can make them feel good! Here are 7 ways to pay a compliment on National Compliment Day (or any day, really).

  • “You have a really great smile.”
  • “I love your shirt!”
  • That was a great joke!”
  • “Your hair looks amazing today.”
  • “You’re so talented – I wish I could play the guitar like that!”
  • “You’re such a kind person – thank you for being so understanding.”
    “Wow, you are one impressive person. I’m really lucky to know you.”

National Compliment Day is a holiday that isn’t very well known, but it’s definitely worth celebrating! On this day, we remind ourselves of the simple joys in life – like paying compliments. It’s easy to connect with someone when you compliment them, and it always makes them feel good. So why not celebrate National Compliment Day by paying someone a compliment? Here are seven great ways to do just that!

March 1 Birthday Quotes

“Everything good that has happened to me has happened as a direct result of something bad.”
– Harry Caray

“When Reality is a prison, Your mind can set you free.”
– Zack Snyder

“I think it’s in our nature to try to get beyond that next horizon. I think that when we as a species are scratching that itch we’re actually following an evolutionary compulsion that is wired into us. I think good things come of it. That’s the philosophical side.”
– Ron Howard

“Trouble is part of your life.”
– Dinah Shore

“Most of my major disappointments have turned out to be blessings in disguise. So whenever anything bad does happen to me, I kind of sit back and feel, well, if I give this enough time, it’ll turn out that it was good, so I shant worry about it too much.”
– William M. Gaines

“Nothing is more odious than music without hidden meaning.”
– Frederic Chopin

March 1 Birthdays

1432 – Isabella of Coimbra (died in 1455)
1590 – William Bradford, Pilgrim leader (died in 1657)
1611 – John Pell, English mathematician and linguist (died in 1685)
1810 – Frédéric Chopin, Polish pianist and composer (died in 1849)
1837 – William Dean Howells, American novelist, playwright, and critic (died in 1920)
1891 – Ralph Hitz, Austrian-American hotelier (died in 1940)
1904 – Glenn Miller, American trombonist, composer, and bandleader (died in 1944)
1910 – David Niven, English actor (died in 1983)
1914 – Harry Carey, American Baseball announcer (died in 1998)
1914 – Ralph Ellison, American novelist and literary critic (died in 1994)
1917 – Dinah Shore, American radio and television personality (died in1994)
1922 – William M. Gaines, American comic book publisher (died in 1992)
1922 – Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli general and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (died in 1995)
1924 – Arnold Drake, American author and screenwriter (died in 2007)
1926 – Pete Rozelle, American businessman and commissioner of the National Football League (died in 1996)
1927 – Harry Belafonte, American singer-songwriter and actor
1927 – Robert Bork, American lawyer and scholar, United States Attorney General (died in 2012)
1935 – Robert Conrad, American actor (died in 2020)
1941 – Robert Hass, American poet
1944 – Roger Daltrey, English singer-songwriter and actor
1944 – Mike d’Abo, English singer
1945 – Dirk Benedict, American actor and director
1947 – Alan Thicke, Canadian-American actor and composer (died in 2016)
1954 – Catherine Bach, American actress
1954 – Ron Howard, American actor, director, and producer
1956 – Tim Daly, American actor
1958 – Nik Kershaw, English singer-songwriter
1966 – Zack Snyder, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1974 – Mark-Paul Gosselaar, American actor
1978 – Jensen Ackles, American actor
1987 – Ke$ha, American singer
1994 – Justin Bieber, Canadian singer-songwriter

March 1 History

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 the trials.

1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy

1790 – The first United States census was authorized.

1868 – The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was founded at the University of Virginia.

Yellowstone National Park: Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone is the first national park in the U.S. and covers 3,471 square miles across Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Known for its geothermal features, such as Old Faithful Geyser, and diverse wildlife.

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 exploded.

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. The “Weather Underground” group 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.’

1975 – #1 Hit March 1, 1975 – March 7, 1975: Eagles – Best of My Love

March 1, 1980 Birthday (fictional) Ron Weasley, Harry Potter

1983 – Swatch watches were introduced. I’m still looking to replace my wife’s black face, black band, black hands edition.

1986 – #1 Hit March 1, 1986 – March 14, 1986: Mr. Mister – Kyrie

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

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

March 1, 1980 Birthday (fictional) Ron Weasley, Harry Potter

Any opposite sides on a die are equal to 7. 1/6, 2/5, 3/4.

John D. Rockefeller was worth a modern equivalent of $336 billion.

The Atlantic Ocean is named after Atlas, the Greek Titan who carried the world on his shoulders.

Useless Pronunciation: K as in knife

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” – Oliver Barrett IV (Ryan O’Neal) in Love Story, 1970

The instructions are unclear. In fact, the instructions are so unclear that they have begun to emit a very thick fog. Should I just sit in my car in this field with the brights on and wait it out?

The biggest film of 1972: The Godfather (Drama) earned ~ $135,000,000

Sarah Bernhardt – Real Name: Rosine Bernard

“Finally” is pronounced as Final – e but “finale” is pronounced as fi – nally. #thatcrazyenglishlanguage

Apple brags about releasing “their most advanced iPhone yet” every year as if they had any other option but to release something better than the previous model.

The Capital of the United Kingdom is London

The highest point on the moon is 6,358 feet higher (1938 meters) than Mount Everest.

Shelley Winters – Real Name: Shirley Schrift

The reason Shaggy and Scooby aren’t fat from eating so much food is probably because they spend so much of their time running away from monsters.

“I recognize the council has made a decision, but given that it’s a stupid-ass decision, I’ve elected to ignore it.” – Nick Fury

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