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Notable Historic Events
for the Month of March
The Boulder Dam
states adopt the Constitution
of the Confederate States of
1779...Congress creates the US Army Corp of
1918...The world is about to go through a
horrible epidemic. The life expectancy in the
United States will drop by 12 years and the world population will be reduced
3-5 percent. To this day we do not know where the
flu started. At first it was called the Spanish Flu because of heavy
losses in that country. However, it turned out that it only seemed worse in
Spain because other countries were minimizing their losses. As WWI ended and
soldiers headed home, the
flu spread throughout the world. More people end up being killed by the flu
than as a result of
WWI. The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 ends up being one of
most horrific events in the history of our day.
1931...Work begins on the Boulder
1931...Gandhi leads a march against
British rule in India and their policy and
profits on the sale of
Franklin D. Roosevelt gives his first Fireside Chat from the
1888...A severe blizzard hits New England. The Great
Blizzard of 1988 was one of the worst winter storms to ever occur in the
States. It was known as the Great White
Hurricane. It affected the East Coast
from the state of
Virginia up though
Canada. Snowfall levels during
the storm reached 58 inches. The wind, blowing at 45 miles per hour, cause
snowdrifts to rise 50 feet tall. Normal activities came to a standstill as
people were stuck in their homes. The
trains couldn’t move,
telegrams could not
be sent or received and emergency services could not operate. As a result of this
big storm moves were taken to improve the underground infrastructure for the
US Army K-9 Dog
1781...The planet Uranus is discovered by William Hershel.
1935...Bruno Hauptmann is convicted of killing the
1942...US Army launches the K-9 Corps to train
military service. During WWI it was common to see
in the trenches carrying messages and giving comfort to the
soldiers. Now the US Army has decided to make it official.
will now train for
service in the new K-9 Corps. The
will train in obedience from 8-12 weeks. Then they will train for
different tasks. Some dogs will be trained as sentry
dogs, while others will become scouts, messengers or mine detectors.
The seven breeds of
that will be trained include Doberman Pinchers,
German Shepherds, and
will go on to serve not only the Army, but the Navy, Marines and Coast
Sample: "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives"
1950...The first Ten Most Wanted fugitive list is
published by the FBI.
1990...Gorbachev is elected Secretary of the Communist Party. He
then becomes President of the
44 B.C. ...Julius Caesar is assassinated on the ides of March.
II is forced to abdicate his throne. The
Russian people have grown weary
of a leader that is so insensitive to their problems. WWI has taken a heavy toll
Russian people. The men have been wounded and killed in large
numbers. The economy is in ruin, and people are hungry. Workers take
to the streets in protest and the
military takes their side. The Czar flees with his family but is soon
taken and held
prisoner. When it appears others might come to his rescue and he could be
restored to power, both he, his wife, and his five children are killed.
West Point Military Academy
1802...West Point, in
New York State, becomes the first
military academy in the
United States. It is founded by
Congress and currently runs under the direction of the U.S. Army. The
purpose of West Point it to train young men to be officers in the army. Cadets study the
theory, strategies and practice of military
graduation cadets are
commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants in the army and expected to serve 5
years of active duty.
U.S. Military secures the
Island of Iwo Jima.
supertanker Cadiz wrecks off the coast of Portsall, France.
It spills 68 million
gallons of oil into the
that washes ashore.
1762... The first
St. Patrick's Day
parade is held in
America. It is held in
New York City. The parade is organized
soldiers serving in the British army and stationed in
America. St. Patrick
is the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick becomes familiar with Ireland after
being stolen from his home in Britain by Irish criminals. He lives in Ireland
for 6 years before escaping and returning home. After joining the
Catholic Church St. Patrick decides to go back to Ireland as a
missionary. He is very successful, and by the time he dies the people in
Ireland have turned to the
St. Patrick’s Day becomes a day to celebrate both the culture of Ireland and
the service of St. Patrick to the country of Ireland.
1961...Golda Meir becomes the
prime minister of Israel.
1766...The British Parliament repeals the
The future ire of the
colonies toward Britain shows itself when the British Parliament passes the
Stamp Act. England is trying to raise
money for its
troops stationed in
America. With this act the colonists are taxed on every piece of printed paper
they use, including all
and legal documents. All this is done without any input from the colonists. The colonist
protest and it turns violent. The unrest continues for four months until the
Tax Act is finally repealed. The British, however, have no intent to change
their ways. The same day that they repeal the Stamp Act they assert their right
for total legislative power over the colonies. Taxation without representation
will turn into a major issue for the colonies and one of the major reasons for
the Revolutionary War.
tornado in history kills almost 700 people and injures
thousands others as it barrels through the states of
Sidney Harbor Bridge
1918...Congress approves daylight-savings time.
Sydney Harbor Bridge
1953...The Academy Awards
televised for the first time with Bob Hope as the host.
2003...The war starts in Iraq.