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March 1

-752  First Roman triumph of Romulus over the Caeninenses, following the Rape of the Sabine Women.

1872  Yellowstone National Park established as the world’s first national park.

1961  The U.S. Peace Corps was established by President John F. Kennedy.

1990  Steve Jackson Games was raided by the United States Secret Service.

March 2

1847  Alexander Graham Bell, telephone inventor, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1877  Rutherford B. Hayes declared President by U.S. Congress, even though the popular vote was won by Samuel J. Tilden on November 7, 1876.

1904  Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel was born.

1933  King Kong (film) opened at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

1956  Morocco gained its independence from France.

1964  Filming began on The Beatles’ first film, “A Hard Day’s Night.”

1974  Mavis De Blanc Barnes Wilson died.

1995  Yahoo! was incorporated.

March 3

1820  The United States Congress passed the Missouri Compromise.

1840  Nez Perce Chief Joseph was born in Wallowa Valley, Oregon.

1873  U.S. Congress’ Comstock Law made it illegal to send any “obscene, lewd, or lascivious” books through the mail.

1913  Woman Suffrage Procession of 1913 attended by thousands in Washington, D.C.

1923  Doc Watson was born in Deep Gap, North Carolina.

1923  The first issue of Time magazine was published.

1938  Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia.

1959  The new home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team was officially named Candlestick Park.

1991  Beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers captured on amateur video.

March 4

1791  Vermont admitted to the United States as the 14th state.

1830  Former President John Quincy Adams returned to Congress as a representative from Massachusetts. He went on to serve 8 consecutive terms.

1837  The city of Chicago was incorporated.

1897  Francis Joseph “Lefty” O’Doul was born in San Francisco.

1918  The USS Cyclops departed Barbados and was never seen again, presumably lost with all hands in the Bermuda Triangle.

1966  John Lennon said that “We’re (The Beatles) more popular than Jesus now.”

1983  Sergio Romo was born in Brawley, California.

2016  Captain Budley Nelson died.

March 5

1046  Naser Khosrow’s seven-year Middle Eastern journey began, described later in his book Safarnama.

1770  The Boston Massacre occurred.

1946  The “Iron Curtain” speech was delivered by Winston Churchill at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

1982  John Belushi died in Hollywood, California.

1933  President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared a “bank holiday,” closing all U.S. Banks and freezing all financial transactions.

2016  Ray Tomlinson, inventor @ email, died.

March 6

1475  Michelangelo was born in Caprese, Italy.

1806  Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born.

1820  The Missouri Compromise was signed into law by U.S. President James Monroe.

1836  Fort Alamo fell to Mexican troops led by General Santa Anna.

1926  Alan Greenspan was born in New York City.

2013  The opening of The Bay Lights on the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

2016  Nancy Reagan died in Los Angeles.

March 7

1994  U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.

1999  Stanley Kubrick died in St. Albans, England at age 70.

2016  Dudley “Doodle” Dunlap, a brave orange cat, died in San Francisco, age 16-3/4.


1817  The New York Stock Exchange founded.

1911  International Women’s Day begun in Copenhagen, Denmark by Clara Zetkin, leader of the Women’s Office for the Social Democratic Party of Germany.

1999  Joe DiMaggio died in Hollywood, Florida at age 84.

2016  Sir George Martin died at age 90.

March 9

1934  Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, was born in Gzhatsk, U.S.S.R.

1958  Alan K. Lipton was born.

1996  George Burns died in Beverly Hills, California at age 100.

2012  Peter Bergman died in Santa Monica, California at age 72.

2015  Eugene Patton, “Gene Gene the Dancing Machine” on NBC’s The Gong Show, died in Pasadena, California at age 82.

March 10

1862  The first issue of U.S. government paper money occurred as $5, $10 and $20 bills began circulation.

2006  The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, operated by NASA / JPL, arrived at Mars.

March 11

1905  Mavis De Blanc was born in New Orleans.

1985  Mikhail Gorbachev elected General Secretary of the Communisy Party of USSR.

2011  9.0 magnitude earthquake off Japan followed by tsunami killed thousands and triggered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

2014  The Autonomous Republic of Crimea was annexed by Russia.

March 12

1894  Coca-Cola was bottled and sold for the first time in Vicksburg, Mississippi by local soda fountain operator Joseph A. Biedenham.

1912  The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts of the USA) were founded.

1922  Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts.

1925  Harry Harrison was born in Stamford, Connecticut.

1989  Invention of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

2011  Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant reactor melted and exploded, releasing radioactivity after Japan’s earthquake.

March 13

 624  Battle of Badr between Muhammad’s army and the Quraish of Mecca.

1882  Eadweard Muybridge's Zoopraxiscope debuted in London.

1892  Janet Flanner (Genêt) was born.

2013  Pope Francis was elected as 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

March 14 - PI DAY π

1813  Red hail and snow fell on Tuscany.

1879  Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Kingdom of Württemberg. German Empire.

1900  Congress ratified the Gold Standard Act.

1983  Taylor Hanson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

2015  Pi Day - Sequential time occurrence on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53.58979… following the sequence of pi to all digits.

2018  Stephen Hawking died in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

March 15 - IDES OF MARCH

  -44  Julius Caesar was assassinated in Rome at age 55.

1767  Andrew Jackson was born in the Waxhaws border region between the Carolinas.

1912  Lightnin’ Hopkins was born in Centerville, Texas.

1940  Phil Lesh was born in Berkeley, California.

1985  The first Internet .com domain name was registered (

2019  W.S. Merwin diet at age 91.

March 16

1872  The Wanderers F.C. won the first FA Cup, the oldest football competition in the world, beating Royal Engineers A.F.C. 1-0 at The Oval in Kennington, London.

1983  Arthur Godfrey died in Manhattan, New York at age 79.

2014  Crimea voted in a referendum to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.

2017  Bluesman Jams Cotton died at age 81.


1938  John O. Wilson was born in San Francisco.

1941  Paul Kantner was born in San Francisco.

1948  Bruce Henderson was born in New Jersey.

1979  First meeting of Daniel C. Nettell and David A. Wilson in Pleasant Hill, California.

2017  Poet Derek Walcott died in Saint Lucia.

March 18

1871  Declaration of the Paris Commune.

1893  English poet Wilfred Owen was born.

1968  The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back U.S. Currency.

2017  Chuck Berry, King of Rock-N-Roll, diet at home, Saint Charles, Missouri at age 90.

March 19

1895  Auguste & Louis Lumière recorded first footage on new patented cinematograph.

1918  U.S. Congress established time zones and approved daylight saving time.

1931  Gambling was legalized in Nevada.

2013  American porn actor Harry Reems died.

2014  Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church founder, died.

2017  Newspaperman Jimmy Breslin died.

2018  Last male northern white rhinoceros died.

March 20

1602  The Dutch East India Company was established.

1828  Poet and playwright Henrik Ibsen was born in Skien, Grenland, Norway.

1883  The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property was signed.

1916  Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity published.

March 21

1685  Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany.

1952  Moondog Coronation Ball, the first rock and roll concert, in Cleveland, Ohio.

1961  The Beatles played their debut performance at The Cavern Club in Liverpool.

1970  First Earth Day proclamation was issued by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto.

2006  Social media site Twitter was founded.

March 22

1630  Massachusetts Bay Colony outlawed possession of cards, dice, and gaming tables.

1638  Anne Hutchinson expelled from Massachusetts Bay Colony for religious dissent.

1887  Leonard “Chico” Marx was born in New York City.

1962  Neal Ross Attinson (Barbatus the Elder) was born.

1972  United Status Congress sent Equal Rights Amendment to the states for ratification.

March 23

1775  Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me liberty, or give me death!” speech ignited the American Revolution.

1853  Elisha Otis’ first elevator was installed at 488 Broadway in New York City.

1910  Akira Kurosawa was born in Shingawa, Tokyo.

1981  First meeting of the Neo-Pagan Society of Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California.

2011  Elizabeth Taylor died in Los Angeles at age 79.

March 24

1874  Harry Houdini was born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary.

1882  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow died in Cambridge, Massachusetts at age 75.

1896  The first radio signal transmission in human history was made by A. S. Popov.

1919  Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet and publisher, was born in Yonkers, New York.

1983  Brenna Rose Hills-Wilson was born in Walnut Creek, California.

March 25

 421  Venice was founded at twelve o'clock noon, according to legend.

1811  Percy Bysshe Shelley was expelled from the University of Oxford for publishing the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism.

1957  U.S. Customs seized copies of Howl by Allen Ginsberg on obscenity grounds.

March 26

1484  At Westminster, William Caxton printed his translation of Aesop’s Fables.

1830  The Book of Mormon was published in Palmyra, New York.

1874  Poet Robert Frost was born in San Francisco.

1892  Poet Walt Whitman died in Camden, New Jersey at age 72.

1904  American mythologist Joseph Campbell was born in White Plains, New York.

1911  Tennessee Williams was born in Columbus, Mississippi.

1931  Leonard Nimoy was born in Boston.

March 27

1942  English writer and journalist Michael Jackson was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

March 28

 845  Paris was sacked by Viking raiders, probably led by Ragnar Lodbrok, who collected huge ransoms in exchange for leaving.

1871  In Paris, France, the Paris Commune was formally established.

1905  Marlin Perkins was born in Carthage, Missouri.

1979  Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident occurred in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

1985  Cirocco Dunlap was born in San Francisco.

2012  Earl Scruggs died in Nashville at age 88.

March 29

1871  The Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria.

1999  The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 10,000 mark for the first time.

2014  The first same-sex marriages in England and Wales were performed.

2017  The United Kingdom invoked Article 50, beginning the formal process of Brexit.

March 30

1746  Francisco Goya was born in Fuendetodos, Aragon, Spain.

1853  Vincent van Gogh was born in Zundert, Netherlands.

1856  The Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Crimean War.

1870  Texas readmitted to the United States following Reconstruction.

1939  Detective Comics #27 introduced Batman.

1981  President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in an assassination attempt in Washington, D.C.

March 31

1732  Franz Joseph Haydn was born in Rohrau, Austria.

1889  Official opening of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

1918  Daylight saving time went into effect in the United States for the first time.

1927  Cesar Chavez was born in Yuma, Arizona.

1959  The 14th Dalai Lama crossed border into India and was granted political asylum.

1991  The Republic of Georgia voted for independence from the Soviet Union.

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