A Historical Day

(44 BCE) Roman dictator Julius Caesar is assassinated
44 BCE The usually festive Ides of March take a tragic turn as ‘dictator-for-life’ Julius Caesar is attacked by a group of knife-weilding Roman senators. Among the assassins is Caesar’s protégé and friend, Marcus Brutus..
(1877) Australia and England meet in debut test cricket match
Melbourne is the site of cricket’s first officially recognized Test match, with Australia hosting rival England in the sport’s most demanding challenge. This four-day match ends with Australia winning by 45 runs.. 1877
(1964) Hollywood power couple Taylor and Burton get hitched
1964 Screen star Elizabeth Taylor takes her fifth walk down the aisle and British thespian Richard Burton his second, as they marry following an affair that caused years of tabloid frenzy. They will divorce 10 years later, only to remarry after just months apart. Their second marriage will last less than a year..
(1965) President Johnson’s civil rights speech
The struggles of civil rights activists, and the recent violence they encountered in Alabama, inspire LBJ’s speech to the US Congress. He quotes the activists’ hallmark phrase, “we shall overcome,” and calls for voting rights for all. The speech will help galvanize support for the Voting Rights Act.. 1965

Happy PI Day

Well its that time again, March 14th and we celebrate PI (π) and what is more delicious than the pies above. YUMMY!
Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π. Pi Day is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of π. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day. [ Learn More ]

A Historical Day

(1794) Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin
1794 Eli Whitney is granted a US patent for the cotton gin, a machine that vastly simplifies cotton harvesting. It will lead to huge profits for the cotton-rich South, but will also increase the demand for slaves to pick the expanded cotton crops..
(1950) The FBI issues its debut 10 Most Wanted list
With input from field offices across the US, the Federal Bureau of Investigation releases its rogues’ gallery of the nation’s most dangerous criminals. In the decades to follow, the list will contribute to the capture of hundreds of suspects.. 1950
(1964) Jack Ruby found guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald
1964 A Dallas, Texas, jury convicts nightclub owner Jack Ruby of shooting and killing Lee Harvey Oswald, the suspected assassin of President John F. Kennedy. The verdict is the first to be televised in the US. .
(1991) Birmingham Six freed after 16 years in prison
Coerced confessions, police brutality, and muddled forensics are finally revealed as six Irish men see their sentences overturned after being convicted for a 1974 IRA bombing in Birmingham, England.. 1991

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(1868) First US presidential impeachment trial opens
1868 President Andrew Johnson’s lax attitude towards Reconstruction has raised the ire of Republicans who feel he should be tougher on the South. The trial in the Senate considers whether Johnson has violated the Tenure of Office Act. Johnson will avoid being thrown out of office by a single vote. .
(1942) US Army K-9 Corps let slip the dogs of war
German shepherds, doberman pinschers, and Siberian huskies are three of the many breeds that begin training with the Quartermaster Corps. These courageous canines will serve with distinction in World War II.. 1942
(1964) Kitty Genovese is murdered in New York City
1964 Bar manager Kitty Genovese is stabbed to death outside her apartment in Queens, and later reports will question whether neighbors heard and did nothing to help. The controversy will spur research into the ‘bystander effect.’.
(1996) Dunblane Primary School shooting
Tragedy strikes the small village of Dunblane, Scotland, when a lone gunman enters the primary school’s gym and begins shooting. Sixteen young students are killed along with their teacher and 13 are injured. . 1996

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(1930) Gandhi begins 240-mile ‘Salt March’
1930 With 80 of his followers, Mahatma Gandhi, leader of a nonviolent civil disobedience movement in India, begins a march to the coast to gather sea salt in defiance of British colonial rule. The action will prove a turning point in the Indian independence movement and influence civil rights activists around the world..
(1933) FDR gives his first ‘fireside chat’ to American public
After being elected in the midst of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt makes the first in what will be a series of radio broadcast to inform, warn, and encourage his fellow citizens.. 1933
(1938) Hitler absorbs his homeland, Austria, into Germany
1938 The nation of Austria is no more, as the Third Reich annexes it into Germany and Wehrmacht troops dismantle border crossings. The invasion and forced incorporation violates the Treaty of Versailles, but most criticism will be mild. .
(1994) Church of England ordains their first women priests
For the first time in its 460-year existence, the Church of England allows females to enter into the priesthood, ordaining 32 women in Bristol Cathedral in Bristol, England. Six years later the church will pass another milestone, as more women than men will be ordained as priests.. 1994