March-History Pages

March 1, 1935:

  • All features of Hoover Dam were completed by March 1, 1935. It is built on the Colorado River between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona. Initially it was named after President Herbert hoover. It was dedicated on September 30, 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was renamed as Boulder Dam.

March 2, 1933:

  • King Kong movie opened in New York City on March 2, 1933. It has since then been ranked as the greatest horror movie of all time by Rotten Tomatoes, the most trusted measurement of quality for Movies & TV.

March 3, 1931:

  • The star-spangled banner of the United States was officially as the national anthem by act of Congress. It was written by Francis Scot Key during the war of 1812.

March 4, 1789:

  • Constitution of the U.S. got into effect. Congress established the date of the law and since it has been the governing law of the United States.

March 5, 1798:

  • Napoleon ended the ancient ruling system, the Confederation of the Thirteen Cantons, of Switzerland.
  • He invaded it and occupied the capital Bern.

March 6, 1899:

  • Felix Hoffmann, chemist, at Bayer AG, a chemical company in Germany, patents aspirin. In 1915 aspirin became available to the public without a prescription as the over-the-counter medicine and a household name around the world. Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) known as Aspirin is a commonly used drug for the treatment of pain and fever due to various causes. Aspirin has both anti-inflammatory and antipyretic effects.

March 7, 1876:

  • Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his Telephone invention at the age of 29 years. His patent was issued on March 10, 1876. Graham Bell co-founded AT&T (the American Telephone & Telegraph Company) in 1885.

March 8, 1936:

  • At Daytona Beach the first stock car race was held. Participants brought their own cars. The race was planned for 3.2 miles in 79 laps but stopped after 72 laps because of controversy, and the prize of $1,700 went to Milt Marion.

March 9, 1959:

  • The first Barbie doll was displayed by Mattel, Inc. a Southern California toy company, at the International American Toy Fair in New York City. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. Barbie was an adult woman made of plastic with a height of 29 cm (11 inch).

March 10, 2006:

  • The U.S. satellite, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) entered Mars orbit. It was launched to study the atmosphere of Mars as well as for searching for signs of water on it on August 12, 2005.  

March 11, 2020:

  • Covid-19 outbreak was declared as pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). A pandemic is an infectious disease that occurs over a wide geographical area with high prevalence affecting huge population lasting over several months.

March 12, 1930:

  • Dandi March of 240 km was started by Mahatma Gandhi with 78 people from his Sabarmati Ashram to the coastal village of Dandi as a mark of civil resistance to produce salt by breaking the British Law.

March 13, 1781:

  • William Herschel, English Astronomer, discovered Uranus, the seventh planet of our solar system from the Sun. He described it as – a curious either nebulous star or perhaps a comet. It was named as Uranus for the father of the god Saturn.

March 14, 1879:

  • One of the most creative intellects in human history Albert Einstein, German American physicist, was born in Ulm, Germany. He is best known for his innovative theories of relativity.

March 15, 44 BCE:

  • Julius Caesar was assassinated while launching some important political and social reforms by a group of nobles including Cassius and Brutus. He was a Roman general and statesman. He led the Roman armies in Gallic   Wars and defeated Pompey and became the dictator of Rome from 49 BCE till his death.

March 16, 1926:

  • The world’s first liquid-fueled rocket was successfully launched by American Professor Robert Hutchings Goddard. He is considered the father of modern rocket propulsion. Goddard’s patented inventions were important milestones in the history of spacecrafts.

March 17, 1958:

  • Vanguard 1, the first solar-powered satellite was launched from Cape Carnival, Florida. It was a small satellite with weight of less than four pounds (1.8 kg). Its transmission stopped in 1964.

March 18, 1906:

  • Trajan Vuia, the Romanian inventor and aviation expert constructed the first tractor type monoplane. It flew a flight of 40 feet (12 meters). He proved for the first time that an aircraft can fly by the running wheels on the ordinary road.

March 19, 1918:

  • Standard Time Act (STA) was established in the United States by the President Woodrow Wilson to save daylight time. The federal government was also given to oversee the country’s TIME ZONES by the legislation.

March 20, 1999:

  • Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones travelled around the globe with no stop by balloon. They were the first aviators to float past longitude 9027’W above Mauretania and landed in Egypt the next day.

March 21, 2006:

  • Jack Dorsey, cofounder and former CEO of Twitter sent the first public tweet. Thus the Social media of Twitter was created. His message reads – “Just setting up my twttr”. His full name is Jack Patrick Dorsey. He is an American technological entrepreneur, philanthropist, and financier.

March22, 1765:

  • The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament. This Act imposed a direct tax on the American colonies. The taxes imposed were on many goods such as newspapers, almanacs, legal documents, playing cards, pamphlets, dice and broadsides. It aroused violent protests in America.  

March 23, 1983:

  • Star Wars known as the “Strategic Defence Initiative” (SDI) was initiated by the U.S. President Ronald Reagan. It was intended to set up a strategic defensive system against potential nuclear attacks. He announced it while addressing the nationwide television media.

March 24, 2002:

  • 74th Academy Awards (popularly known as Oscar Awards) were given to film stars Denzel Washington and Halle Berry for their leading performances in Training Day and Monster’s Ball respectively at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. They won these awards for their performance in leading roles and became the second and third African Americans to win these awards. In 1940, Hattie McDaniel, the first African American received the best supporting actress Oscar Trophy for her role in “In a segregated hotel”.

March 25, 1807:

  • Slave Trade in the British West Indies was abolished by the British Parliament. Africans were forcibly brought to British colonies in Caribbean islands and treated them as slaves from 1662 to 1807.

March 26, 2005:

  • The scientific fiction television series “Doctor Who” was restarted by the BBC after 16 years’ break. Christopher Ecclestone appeared in the title role in the new series.

March 27, 1998:

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug Viagra from Pfizer, reputed pharmaceutical company. It is used in treating erectile dysfunction.

March 28, 1930:

  • Constantinople was received its present name Istanbul on this day. It was built as capital and named Byzantium about 657 BCE. Constantine the great renamed this city Constantinople in the fourth century CE.

March 29, 1974:

  • The terra-cotta army of 8,000 life-size soldiers and horses was found in the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang while drilling a well near Xian, China by farmers. They first found a subterranean chamber that led to the tomb and army.

March 30, 2003:

  • Cigarette smoking was banned in all working places in New York City. This law included restaurants and bars and implemented on this day.

March 31, 1889:

  • The Eiffel Tower, the wrought-iron structure was officially opened in Paris, France on this day. The height of the tower is 300 metres (984 feet). It was created to mark the centenary of the French Revolution by Gustave Eiffel, civil engineer.

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