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Each month we add a list into our newsletter of some important and/or interesting events that happened that month in history. March definitely packs a lot of history. Sit back, relax and enjoy for a few minutes. Take a step back in time!
- March 1, 1961 – President JFK established the Peace Corps, an organization for sending young American volunteers to developing countries to assist with health care, education and basic human needs.
- March 1, 1974 – American band leader Glenn Miller was born in Carilinda, Iowa. His music gained enormous popularity during the 1940’s through recordings such as Moonlight Serenade and String of Pearls.
- March 1847 – Telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. On March 10, 1876 his very first sentence was spoken on the newly invented telephone and was to his assistant “Mister Watson, come here, I want you”.
- March 4, 1933 – Newly elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt took office and delivered his first inaugural address attempting to restore public confidence during the Great Depression.
- March 10, 1880 – The Salvation Army was founded in the United States. The social service organization was first founded in England by William Booth and operates today in 90 countries.
- March 17th – Celebrated as Saint Patrick’s Day commemorating the patron saint of Ireland.
- March 22, 1972 – The Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Senate and then sent to the states for ratification.
- March 1879 – Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany. His theory of relativity led to new ways of thinking about time, space, matter and energy. He received a nobel Prize in 1921 and emigrated to the US in 1933.
- March 4, 1955 – the first radio facsimile or fax transmission was sent across the continent.
- March 6, 1899 – Felix Hoffmann patented “Aspirin”. Hoffmann discovered that the compound called salicin found in willow plants provided pain relief.
- March 5, 1872 – George Westinghouse, Jr. patented the steam air brake.
- March 24, 1989 – One of the largest oil spills in US history occurred as the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound off Alaska, resulting in 11 million gallons of oil leaking into the natural habitat over a stretch of 45 miles.