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March 1st

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Yellowstone National Park

1781...The Articles of Confederation are ratified.

1872...Yellowstone becomes the county's first National Park. The park is over one million acres and it spreads over the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone becomes famous for its steaming geysers (Old Faithful), bubbling cauldrons, and majestic mountain beauty.

1932.. The 20-month-old son of the aviator Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped from his home in Hopewell, New Jersey. The kidnapper uses a ladder to obtain access to the baby's room on the upper floor. A ransom is paid, but the kidnapper kills the little baby on the night he takes him. The crime is eventually solved, a man is executed, and kidnapping becomes a federal offense.

1961...President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps, under the Department of State, is to be a humanitarian agency, charged with the job of sending trained America men and women to developing countries in the world to help and assist them. The Peace Corps is still operational today, with thousands of volunteers serving in more than seventy countries.

March 2nd

Texas and the Mexican War

Texas and the Mexican War

1807...Congress passes an act that prohibits the selling of slaves. It is now illegal to bring slaves into any port or place in the United States or to any area that is within the jurisdiction of the United States.

1836...Texas declares independence from Mexico.

1917...Puerto Ricans are granted citizenship.

March 3rd

Helen Keller

Helen Keller

1820... Congress passes the Missouri compromise.

1887...Ann Sullivan meets and begins teaching 6-year old Helen Keller. Helen can neither see nor hear. Ann teaches her using touch. Helen goes on to graduate from college and to become a writer and a lecturer. Her story and the story of her tutor are an inspiration to all who hear it.

1931...Itís been a long time coming, but the Star- Spangled Banner is finally made the official national anthem of the United States. In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed an executive order to make the Star-Spangled Banner the anthem of the United States. Not until 1931 did Congress pass an act confirming President Wilsonís executive order. President Hoover signs the act and the Star-Spangled Banner officially becomes the national anthem of the United States. The words to the Star-Spangled Banner were written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812. Key was under detainment on a British ship while the British Royal Navy was bombing Fort McHenry. It was the Battle of Baltimore. All night long he heard the battle rage. Ft. McHenry was assaulted by 1,800 bombs. Key had no idea what he would see in the morning. When the sun came up what he saw was the American flag waving in the wind. It was a glorious sight, and it moved him to pen the words of the Star-Spangled Banner.

March 4th

The inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

President Abraham Lincoln

1789...Congress meets for the first time. They meet in New York City's Federal Hall. Their first order of business is to fulfill the promise to add amendments to the Constitution that protect personal rights. These include the right to religious freedom, the right to bear arms, free speech and freedom of the press. They pass twelve amendments. Ten of them will be ratified by theStates and become known as the Bill of Rights.

1861...Abraham Lincoln becomes 16th President of the United States.

1934...Franklin R. Roosevelt becomes the 32nd President of the United States.

March 5th

Martha Steward

Martha Stewart

2004...Martha Stewart is convicted of a felony charge. Americaís favorite homemaker Martha Stewart, is found guilty of lying about the sale of stock. Martha sold some shares of stock after her she received a tip the shares were going to plummet. It is assumed that she sold her stock as a result of that tip, which amounts to insider trading. Most people thought Martha would be acquitted, but the jury found her guilty. The verdict could have brought a penalty of up to 20 years in jail. As it was, Martha Stewart served five months in a federal prison, five months of house arrest and 2 years of probation. To this day very few people feel her verdict was fair, and her popularity remains undiminished.
1770...Colonists in America clash with British troops leading to the Boston Massacre.

1963...Wham-O patents the Hula-Hoop.

March 6th

The Rosenbergs, Ethel and Julius

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg

1857...The Supreme Court reaches its decision in the Dred Scott Case.

1899...Aspirin , found in the bark of the willow tree, is patented by the German owned Bayer Company. Aspirinhas long been known for curing headaches and reducing pain. It has not been popular because of the unpleasant taste of the drug. Bayer changes this. It makes it more palatable and begins distributing it as a powder. It is highly successful, and becomes one of the most popular drugs in the world. Aspirin will go on to be sold over-the-counter in tablet form.

1952...The trial begins for Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, accused of selling nuclear secrets to the Russians.

March 7th

Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell

1876...Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for the invention of the telephone. Alexander is born in Scotland. When he moves to America, he gets a job as a teacher at a school for the deaf. He ends up marrying one of his former pupils. Alexander is looking for way to help those who cannot hear. In the process of experimenting with sound he becomes interested in transmitting speech over wires. He wants to blend aspects of the telegraph and the phonograph so that people who are separated can talk to each other. This leads him to the telephone. Three days after he receives the patent, he transmits the first message over his new invention. It is to his assistant. He says "Mr. Watson, come here, I need you.".

1965...Martin Luther King leads a large civil rights march from Montgomery, the capital of Alabama to Selma.

March 8th

The Volkswagen Bus

The Volkswagen Bus

1917...The Russian revolution begins. Living conditions are dismal in Russia. Russian men, ill-prepared to fight the Germans, have been dying at an alarming rate. It is estimated that between 900,000 and 2,500,000 Russians have been killed. At least 1,500,000 Russians are wounded. Nearly 4,000,000 Russian soldiers are held as POWs. The economy is distressed and there is no food. The government is unresponsive to the people. Strikes break out and the Russian people begin to riot. It gets bad and Czar Nicholas is forced to abdicate his throne. A provincial government is set up. Russia'sturn to Communism is around the corner, as Lenin makes his way home.

1950...The Volkswagen Bus goes into production.

March 9th

The Barbie Doll

The Barbie Doll

1916...Pancho Villa's gorillas attack the border town of Columbus, New Mexico The city center is burned and seventeen Americans are killed. As a result of the attack President Wilson sends troops to Mexico to capture Poncho Villa "dead or alive." Pancho Villa has been executing Americans in Northern Mexico. Villa is upset that the United States supports the Mexican President Carranza. Although Pancho Villa is pursued by US Troops for eleven months they are unable to find him. Pancho Villa eventually resurfaces, is pardoned by the Mexican government, and retires to his ranch in Parral. It is there that he is assassinated by his enemies three years later.

1959...The first Barbie doll goes on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City.

1945...American B-29 fighter bombers drop over 1,600 tons of fire bombs on Tokyo, Japan,

March 10th

James Earl Ray

James Earl Ray

1906...An explosion kills 1060 mine workers in Courrieres, France

1969...James Earl Ray pleads guilty to the assassination of Martin Luther King.

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