March

List historic world events in March

September, 2016

  • 29 September

    British troops liberate Mandalay, Burma

    British troops liberate Mandalay, Burma

    On this day, the 14th Army, under British Gen. William J. Slim, captures the Burmese city of Mandalay from the Japanese, bringing the Allies one step closer to liberating all of Burma. Mandalay, a city on the Irrawaddy River in central Burma (now Myanmar), was the center of the communications …

  • 29 September

    German cruiser Dresden sinks

    German cruiser Dresden sinks

    On this day in 1915, the British ships Kent and Glasgow corner the German light cruiser Dresden in Cumberland Bay, off the coast of Chile. After raising the white flag, the Dresden‘s crew abandoned and scuttled the ship, which sank with its German ensign flying. Dresden, a 3,600-ton light cruiser, …

  • 29 September

    President Reagan shot

    President Reagan shot

    On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by a deranged drifter named John Hinckley Jr. The president had just finished addressing a labor meeting at the Washington Hilton Hotel and was walking with his entourage to his limousine when Hinckley, …

  • 28 September

    Japanese power plant leaks radioactive waste

    Japanese power plant leaks radioactive waste

    A nuclear accident at a Japan Atomic Power Company plant in Tsuruga, Japan, exposes 59 workers to radiation on this day in 1981. As seems all too common with nuclear-power accidents, the officials in charge failed to timely inform the public and nearby residents, endangering them needlessly. Tsuruga lies near …

  • 28 September

    DeMille wins Oscar

    DeMille wins Oscar

    On March 19, 1953, legendary filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille wins the only Academy Award of his career when The Greatest Show on Earth takes home an Oscar for Best Picture. The film, a big-budget extravaganza about circus life, starred Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton, and Cornel Wilde. Born in Ashfield, Massachusetts, …

  • 27 September

    Abigail Adams urges husband to “remember the ladies”

    Abigail Adams urges husband to “remember the ladies”

    In a letter dated March 31, 1776, Abigail Adams writes to her husband, John Adams, urging him and the other members of the Continental Congress not to forget about the nation’s women when fighting for America’s independence from Great Britain. The future First Lady wrote in part, “I long to …

  • 26 September

    North Vietnamese launch Nguyen Hue Offensive

    North Vietnamese launch Nguyen Hue Offensive

    A major coordinated communist offensive opens with the heaviest military action since the sieges of Allied bases at Con Thien and Khe Sanh in 1968. Committing almost their entire army to the offensive, the North Vietnamese launched a massive three-pronged attack into South Vietnam. Four North Vietnamese divisions attacked directly …

  • 26 September

    Johnson publicly denies actions contemplated in Vietnam

    Johnson publicly denies actions contemplated in Vietnam

    Responding to questions from reporters about the situation in Vietnam, President Johnson says, “I know of no far-reaching strategy that is being suggested or promulgated.” Early in the month, Johnson had sent 3,500 Marines to Da Nang to secure the U.S. airbase there. These troops were ostensibly there only for …

  • 25 September

    Russian army lends support to rebels in February Revolution

    Russian army lends support to rebels in February Revolution

    After being called out to quell workers’ demonstrations on the streets of Petrograd (now St. Petersburg), regiment after regiment of soldiers in the city’s army garrison defect to join the rebels on March 12, forcing the resignation of the imperial government and heralding the triumph of the February Revolution in …

  • 25 September

    British evacuate Boston

    British evacuate Boston

    On this day in 1776, British forces are forced to evacuate Boston following General George Washington’s successful placement of fortifications and cannons on Dorchester Heights, which overlooks the city from the south. During the evening of March 4, American Brigadier General John Thomas, under orders from Washington, secretly led a …