Today in History: March Part 2 - History Gal

Today in History: March Part 2

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March 16, 1850

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlett Letter was published. Read the book for free from The Project Gutenberg or just watch this 3 1/2 minute video.


March 17, 461

St. Patrick died. Watch this short video to learn more about him.

March 18, 1766

Parliament repealed the Stamp Act. Visit the Massachusetts Historical Society learn about the Stamp Act, the Stamp Act Crisis, and its repeal and to view primary sources.

March 19, 2003

The War in Iraq began. The National Archives has a wealth of information to examine about the war.

March 20, 1965

President Lyndon Johnson sent troops to Alabama. Why? Visit this NPS site and the National Archives.

March 21, 1980

President Carter announced the U.S. would boycott the Olympics being held in Moscow. Read an article from 1980.  Click here to learn more about why the U.S. boycotted.

March 22, 1933

President Roosevelt signed the Beer and Wine Revenue Act signaling an end to Prohibition. Read FDR's letter to Congress.

March 23, 1919

Benito Mussolini founded the Fascist Party. At the Biography Channel, read his biography or watch the video.


March 24, 1989

The Exxon Valdez ran aground in Alaska triggering a massive oil spill. Go here to learn more.

March 25, 1911

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire killed 145. Visit Cornell University's site or watch a PBS video to learn more about the fire.

March 26, 1953

Jonas Salk announced he had a polio vaccine. Read about it here.

March 27, 1912

Japanese Cherry trees were planted along the Potomac River. Click here to learn the history behind the trees.

March 28, 1979

Nuclear accident occurred at Three Mile Island. The U.S. NRC explains the accident and PBS explains how a nuclear reactor works.


March 29, 1929

President Hoover had the first telephone installed in the Oval Office. There had been a phone in the  White House since 1878, but this was the first time the president could make a call from his own desk. Visit Elon University's history of the phone from 1870s - 1940s.


March 30, 1867

The United States purchased Alaska in what was known as Seward's Folly. Visit the Library of Congress to learn more about the purchase from Russia.


March 31, 1889

The Eiffel Tower opened in Paris. Discover more at the Eiffel Tower's official site.
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