March 1 1692 – The Salem Witch Trials Begin in Massachusetts

March 1 1692 – The Salem Witch Trials Begin in Massachusetts1 (20%) 1 vote *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Twelve days after two girls began to behave strangely and complain of pinpricks on their arms, Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba, a Caribbean slave woman, faced charges of witchcraft on March 1, 1692. The three women, residents of the small town of Salem Village in Massachusetts Bay Colony, were the first round of accused in an ugly chapter of New England history fueled by fears of supernatural forces and likely driven by political motivation. As Europe emerged from the Middle Ages in the late 1400s, the concept of a concerted effort […]

March 2 1965 – Operation Rolling Thunder Begins Over North Vietnam

March 2 1965 – Operation Rolling Thunder Begins Over North VietnamRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons After more than a decade of providing assistance to the government of South Vietnam, the United States expanded its involvement in the Vietnamese conflict with the start of Operation Rolling Thunder on March 2, 1965. The bombing raids escalated the scope of destruction approved by President Lyndon Johnson, allowing the US Air Force (USAF) to strike strategic targets within North Vietnam and suspected hideouts for the Communist-backed Viet Cong rebels, a prelude to wider participation by ground forces. During the mid-1950s, Vietnam existed as two separate nations divided by a demilitarized zone put […]

March 3 1857 – The United Kingdom and France Start the Second Opium War

March 3 1857 – The United Kingdom and France Start the Second Opium WarRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons In the midst of the most extensive expansion of European colonization in centuries, the Qing Dynasty — head of a closed Chinese society — decided to upend trade agreements with Britain, France and the United States. Five months after Qing officials arrested a dozen suspected pirates operating under the British flag, the British House of Commons narrowly pushed through a resolution to investigate reportedly hostile action by China on March 3, 1857. In an attempt to force new trade alliances on their terms, Britain and France would launch attacks on […]

March 4 1918 – The First Case of Spanish Flu is Reported at Fort Riley, Kansas

March 4 1918 – The First Case of Spanish Flu is Reported at Fort Riley, KansasRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Albert Gitchell, a young cook in the United States Army stationed at Fort Riley in northern Kansas, reported to a military hospital on March 4, 1918 complaining of a fever. In diagnosing Gitchell with a virus, doctors were unaware of the significance of the find: the patient had the first confirmed case of Spanish flu, one of the deadliest illnesses in the history of the world. With World War I raging in Europe, hundreds of thousands of men from all over the planet converged to fight on behalf […]

March 5 1872 – George Westinghouse Patents His Railway Air Brake

March 5 1872 – George Westinghouse Patents His Railway Air BrakeRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Two-and-a-half years after establishing the Westinghouse Air Brake Company, inventor and industrialist George Westinghouse received a patent for the railway air brake on March 5, 1872. By modifying an existing system, he increased the safety of the rapidly-expanding railroads by ensuring the massive powerhouse machines would be able to come to a stop with significantly fewer failures. Throughout the first six-plus decades of passenger trains, braking systems were incredibly primitive. In most cases, the trains carried a staff of porters (known as “brakemen” in the United States) to jump from one car to […]

March 6 1475 – Michelangelo Buonarroti is Born in Caprese, Italy

March 6 1475 – Michelangelo Buonarroti is Born in Caprese, Italy2 (40%) 2 votes *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Over the course of human history, there have been a variety of phenomenal artists and one — Michelangelo Buonarroti — was born on March 6, 1475 in the small Tuscan town of Caprese, Italy. Famous for his work as a sculptor and the paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, he is known the world over for the focus on form exhibited in his Renaissance masterpieces. To Italians of his day, he was simply Il Divino — “the divine one.” At the time of his birth, Michelangelo’s family had […]

March 7 1965 – Civil Rights Activists Are Beaten by Police in the Bloody Sunday March

March 7 1965 – Civil Rights Activists Are Beaten by Police in the Bloody Sunday MarchRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Just days after the death of a protester shot by Alabama policeman, in Marion, some 600 African-Americans gathered in Selma for a 54-mile march to the capital of Montgomery. After crossing over the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965, the civil rights activists were met by a line of state troopers with orders to stop the protest after a few blocks of walking. The officers did so with extreme force, firing tear gas into the crowd and advancing with batons to beat them back — shocking images […]

March 7, 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell receives patent for the telephone.

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March 7, 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell receives patent for the telephone.Rate this post On March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone. Bell, who was Scottish-born, was 29-years-old at the time. He was a scientist, engineer, innovator and inventor. Graham was the son of Melville Bell and worked with him in London. Melville Bell developed Visible Speech, a written system used to teach speaking to the deaf. However, his family later moved to Boston. Bell’s work was greatly influenced by his wife and mother who were deaf. He did pioneering research on hearing and speech which led him to experiment with hearing devices. This experimentation […]

March 8 1010 – Persian Poet Ferdowsi Completes the Epic Shahnameh

March 8 1010 – Persian Poet Ferdowsi Completes the Epic ShahnamehRate this post *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Throughout the history of civilization, humans have been known to relate important lessons or describe ancient history using words. While Western societies might point to the Greek author Homer as a father of the literary medium, Persians would identify Ferdowsi or Firdausi as the chief architect of their tradition, pointing in particular to his epic poem Shahnameh, finished on March 8, 1010. Loosely translated as “Book of Kings,” it offers an account of the twists and turns of Persia from the beginning of time until his day. Born around 940, Ferdowsi grew up […]

March 8, 1917: the February Revolution began in Russia

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March 8, 1917: the February Revolution began in RussiaRate this post The revolution began when riots and strikes started in Petrograd over the shortage of food. Though it began in March, it was named as the February Revolution because of the Julian calendar that Russians still used at the time. The rule of the Czar was highly unpopular and by the start of 1917, many Russians had lost faith in the leadership qualities of the Czar. The Russian parliament was established after the Revolution of 1905; however, Czar Nicholas would dissolve it whenever it went against his will. But another significant cause for the start of the revolution was Russia’s […]