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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of March




March 1st

Yellowstone National Park

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 its majestic mountain beauty. 

1932.. The 20-month-old son of the famous 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 70 countries.


March 2nd

Texas and the Mexican War

Texas and the Mexican War


1807...Congress abolishes the African sale trade.

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 through 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...The Star Spangled Banner becomes the national anthem of the United States.


March 4th

The inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

President Abraham Lincoln

1789...Congress meets for the first time.

1861...Abraham Lincoln becomes 16th President of the US.

1934...Franklin R. Roosevelt becomes the 32nd President of the US.


March 5th

Martha Steward

Martha Stewart

1770...Colonists in America clash with British troops leading to the Boston Massacre.

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

2004...Martha Steward convicted of obstruction of justice.


March 6th

The Rosenbergs, Ethel and Julius

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg

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

1899...Bayer patents aspirin.

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


March 7

Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell

1876...Alexander Bell patents the telephone.

1965...Civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.


March 8th

The Volkswagen Bus

The Volkswagen Bus

1917...The beginning of the Russian Revolution.

1950...Volkswagen Bus goes into production.


March 9th

The Barbie Doll

The Barbie Doll

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

1871...Pancho Villa attacks the border town Columbus, New Mexico.

1945...American B-29 fighter bombers drop 2,000 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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