Historic World Events / March (page 10)

March

List historic world events in March

August, 2016

  • 11 August

    First teach-in conducted

    First teach-in conducted

    The first “teach-in” is conducted at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; two hundred faculty members participate by holding special anti-war seminars. Regular classes were canceled, and rallies and speeches dominated for 12 hours. On March 26, there was a similar teach-in at Columbia University in New York City; …

  • 11 August

    Earthquake rocks Alaska

    Earthquake rocks Alaska

    The strongest earthquake in American history, measuring 8.4 on the Richter scale, slams southern Alaska, creating a deadly tsunami. Some 125 people were killed and thousands injured. The massive earthquake had its epicenter in the Prince William Sound, about eight miles northeast of Anchorage, but approximately 300,000 square miles of …

  • 10 August

    Julius Caesar is stabbed

    Julius Caesar is stabbed

    “Beware the Ides of March,” the soothsayer urges Julius Caesar in Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Julius Caesar (act I, scene ii). Despite the forewarning, Caesar is stabbed in the back by his friend Marcus Brutus. Caesar falls and utters his famous last words, “Et tu, Brute?” (And you, Brutus?) Shakespeare’s source …

  • 10 August

    John Denver has his first #1 hit with “Sunshine On My Shoulders”

    John Denver has his first #1 hit with “Sunshine On My Shoulders”

    Of his many enormous hits in the 1970s, none captured the essence of John Denver better than his first #1 song, “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” which reached the top of the pop charts on this day in 1974. “Sunshine On My Shoulders” was John Denver’s attempt to write a sad …

  • 10 August

    The WB premieres its first hit show

    The WB premieres its first hit show

    On this day in 1997, the fledgling Warner Brothers (WB) television network airs the inaugural episode of what will become its first bona-fide hit show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy‘s creator, Joss Whedon, developed the series from an original script he had written for the big screen a number of …

  • 9 August

    Pancho Villa raids U.S.

    Pancho Villa raids U.S.

    In the early morning of March 9, 1916, several hundred Mexican guerrillas under the command of Francisco “Pancho” Villa cross the U.S.-Mexican border and attack the small border town of Columbus, New Mexico. Seventeen Americans were killed in the raid, and the center of town was burned. It was unclear …

  • 8 August

    North Vietnamese launch “Ho Chi Minh Campaign”

    North Vietnamese launch “Ho Chi Minh Campaign”

    The North Vietnamese “Ho Chi Minh Campaign” begins. Despite the 1973 Paris Peace Accords cease fire, the fighting had continued between South Vietnamese forces and the North Vietnamese troops in South Vietnam. In December 1974, the North Vietnamese launched a major attack against the lightly defended province of Phuoc Long, …

  • 8 August

    Miramax chiefs part ways with Disney

    Miramax chiefs part ways with Disney

    On this day in 2005, after a yearlong negotiation process, the Walt Disney Company ends its productive but sometimes contentious relationship with Harvey and Bob Weinstein, the founders of Miramax Films. Sons of a New York City diamond cutter, Harvey and Bob Weinstein founded their own company in 1979 in …

  • 8 August

    The Moondog Coronation Ball is history’s first rock concert

    The Moondog Coronation Ball is history’s first rock concert

    Breathless promotion on the local radio station. Tickets selling out in a single day. Thousands of teenagers, hours before show time, lining up outside the biggest venue in town. The scene outside the Cleveland Arena on a chilly Friday night in March more than 50 years ago would look quite …

  • 8 August

    Richard Pryor releases Live on the Sunset Strip

    Richard Pryor releases Live on the Sunset Strip

    On this day in 1982, Live on the Sunset Strip, the latest concert film recorded by the provocative comedian Richard Pryor, arrives in movie theaters. Born in 1940 in Peoria, Illinois, Pryor broke into the New York comedy scene in the early 1960s; he made his national television debut in …