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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of March




March 21st


Alcatraz Prison

1871...Journalist Henry Stanley begins his search in Africa for the British explorer, Dr. David Livingstone; culminating in the oft quoted phrase "Dr. Livingstone, I presume."

1963...Alcatraz, the maximum security prison in San Francisco Bay, closes down.

1980...President Carter decides to boycott the Olympics because of the Soviet invasion into Afghanistan.


March 22nd


The Flying Wallendas

The Flying Wallendas

1765...The British impose the Stamp Act on the American Colonies.

1963...The Beatles first album,  Please Please Me, is released in England.

1972...The Equal Rights Amendment is passed Congress and sent to the states for ratification.

1978...Karl Wallenda, of the The Flying Wallendas falls to his death walking a tightrope between buildings in Puerto Rico.


March 23rd

Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry

1775...Patrick Henry gave the speech in which he declares "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death".

1983...During his State of the Union address President Reagan proposes developing strategic defense missiles to protect again nuclear attack.

1983...Barney Clark dies 21 days after receiving the first artificial heart.


March 24th

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley, King of Rock 'n Roll

1989...The Supertanker Exxon Valdez runs aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of oil.

1958...Elvis is inducted into the Army.


March 25th

The Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party

1777... The British Parliament passed the Boston Port Act, trying to recoup their losses from the Boston Tea Party.

1911...The Triangular Shirtwaist factory burns down, killing 145 workers and leading to better laws and regulations to protect factory workers.

1957...The beginning of the Common Market in Europe.


March 26

Dr. Jonas Salk

1953...Doctor Jonas Salk announces the creation of the Polio Vaccine.

2000...Vladimir Putin is elected President of Russia.


March 27th

Canary Airpliners Crash

Canary Airport Crash

1958...Nikita Khrushchev becomes the Soviet Premier.

1977...Two 747 Jumbo jets collide at the Canary Airport killing 582 passengers and crew.



March 28th

Three Mile Island

Three Mile Island

1776...Juan Bautista de Anza founds San Francisco City.

1979...An incident occurs as a nuclear reactor overheats at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania.  As a result of both mechanical and human error there was a partial meltdown that released a small amount of radioactive gases. No one died or was killed in the accident but public awareness was raised as to the potential damage of nuclear power plants.


March 29th

President Herbert Hoover

President Herbert Hoover

1929...A phone is installed in the Oval Office for President Hoover.

1943...WWII rationing in the US begins for meat, cheese, butter and cooking oils.

1973...The last combat troops leave Vietnam.


March 30th

William Seward

William Seward

1867...US Secretary of State William Seward buys Alaska from the Russians for $7 million dollars.  The transaction is labeled "Seward's Folly."

1980...124 workers on an oil platform in the North Sea drowned when a large wave collapses the platform.

1981...An assassination attempt is made on the life of President Reagan



March 31st

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower


1889...The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France opens.

1959...The Dalia Lama flees Tibet and is granted political asylum in India.

2005...Terri Schiavo dies after much controversy on the right-to-die issue.






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