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March


 

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Notable Historic Events

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March 11th

 Boulder Dam

The Boulder Dam

1861...The Southern states adopt the Constitution of the Confederate States of America.

1779...Congress creates the US Army Corp of Engineers.

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 Dam.

 

March 12th

Mohatma Ghandi

Mohatma Ghandi

1931...Gandhi leads a march against British rule in India and their policy and profits on the sale of salt.

1933...President Franklin D. Roosevelt gives his first Fireside Chat from the White House.

1988...A severe blizzard hits New England. The Great Blizzard of 1988 was one of the worst winter storms to ever occur in the United States. It was known as the Great White Hurricane. It affected the East Coast from the state of Virginia up though Maine and into 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 future.

 

March 13th

US Army K-2 Dog

US Army K-9 Dog

1781...The planet Uranus is discovered by William Hershel.

1935...Bruno Hauptmann is convicted of killing the Lindbergh baby.

1942...US Army launches the K-9 Corps to train dogs for military service. During WWI it was common to see dogs in the trenches carrying messages and giving comfort to the soldiers. Now the US Army has decided to make it official. Dogs will now train for military service in the new K-9 Corps. The dogs 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 dogs that will be trained include Doberman Pinchers, German Shepherds, and Siberian Huskies. Dogs will go on to serve not only the Army, but the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard.
 

March 14

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 Soviet Union.

 

March  15th

Julius Ceasar

Julius Caesar

44 B.C. ...Julius Caesar is assassinated on the ides of March.

1917...Czar Nicholas 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 on the 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 appears others may come to his rescue and he could be restored to power, both he, his wife, and his five children are killed.

1939...The Nazis overrun Czechoslovakia.

 

March 16th

West Point Military Academy

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 for the army. Cadets study the theory, strategies and practice of military science. Upon graduation cadets are commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants in the army and expected to serve 5 years of active duty.

1945...The U.S. Military secures the Island of Iwo Jima.

1978...The supertanker Cadiz wrecks off the coast of Portsall, France. It spills 68 million gallons of oil into the sea that washes ashore.

 

March 17th

Golda Meir

Golda Meir

1762... The first St. Patrick's Day parade is held in America. It is held in New York City. The parade is organized by Irish 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 Christian faith. 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 first female prime minister of Israel.

 

March 18th

  killer tornedo   

Tornado

1766...The British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act. 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 publications, newspapers, licenses, 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.

1925...The worst tornado in history kills almost 700 people and injures thousands others as it barrels through the states of Missouri, Indiana and Illinois.

 

March 19th

Sidney Harbor Bridge

Sidney Harbor Bridge

1918...Congress approves daylight-savings time.

1932...The Sydney Harbor Bridge Opens.

1953...The Academy Awards are televised for the first time with Bob Hope as the host.

2003...The war starts in Iraq.

 

March 20th

President Lyndon B. Johnson

President Lyndon B. Johnson

1854...The Republican Party is created.

1965...President Lyndon B. Johnson sends federal troops to supervise the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

 

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