Historic World Events / March (page 2)

March

List historic world events in March

September, 2016

  • 25 September

    Lincoln signs Ulysses S. Grant’s commission to command the U.S. Army

    Lincoln signs Ulysses S. Grant’s commission to command the U.S. Army

    On this day in 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signs a brief document officially promoting then-Major General Ulysses S. Grant to the rank of lieutenant general of the U.S. Army, tasking the future president with the job of leading all Union troops against the Confederate Army. The rank of lieutenant general …

  • 24 September

    LBJ sends federal troops to Alabama

    LBJ sends federal troops to Alabama

    On this day in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson notifies Alabama’s Governor George Wallace that he will use federal authority to call up the Alabama National Guard in order to supervise a planned civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Intimidation and discrimination had earlier prevented Selma’s black population–over half …

  • 24 September

    Spanish Civil War ends

    Spanish Civil War ends

    In Spain, the Republican defenders of Madrid raise the white flag over the city, bringing to an end the bloody three-year Spanish Civil War. In 1931, Spanish King Alfonso XIII approved elections to decide the government of Spain, and voters overwhelmingly chose to abolish the monarchy in favor of a …

  • 24 September

    U.S. troops massacre South Vietnamese

    U.S. troops massacre South Vietnamese

    In what would become the most publicized war atrocity committed by U.S. troops in Vietnam, a platoon slaughters between 200 and 500 unarmed villagers at My Lai 4, a cluster of hamlets in the coastal lowlands of the northernmost region of South Vietnam. My Lai 4 was situated in a …

  • 23 September

    Public Notice urges recognition of “humane ladies”

    Public Notice urges recognition of “humane ladies”

    On this day in 1776, in Baltimore, Maryland, a public notice appears in local papers recognizing the sacrifice of women to the cause of the revolution. The notice urged others to recognize women’s contributions and announced, “The necessity of taking all imaginable care of those who may happen to be …

  • 22 September

    Max Brand publishes his first novel

    Max Brand publishes his first novel

    Max Brand, perhaps the most prolific writer of western stories, publishes his first novel, The Untamed. Max Brand was one of 21 pen names used by the Seattle-born author Frederick Faust. When he was still a young boy, Faust’s family moved to the San Joaquin Valley of California, where he …

  • 21 September

    Warsaw Pact ends

    Warsaw Pact ends

    After 36 years in existence, the Warsaw Pact—the military alliance between the Soviet Union and its eastern European satellites—comes to an end. The action was yet another sign that the Soviet Union was losing control over its former allies and that the Cold War was falling apart. The Warsaw Pact …

  • 21 September

    Another plot to kill Hitler foiled

    Another plot to kill Hitler foiled

    On this day, the second military conspiracy plan to assassinate Hitler in a week fails to come off. Back in the summer of 1941, Maj. Gen. Henning von Tresckow, a member of Gen. Fedor von Bock’s Army Group Center, was the leader of one of many conspiracies against Adolf Hitler. …

  • 21 September

    Franklin Roosevelt marries Eleanor Roosevelt

    Franklin Roosevelt marries Eleanor Roosevelt

    Future president Franklin Delano Roosevelt weds his fifth cousin once removed, Eleanor Roosevelt, in New York on this day in 1905. Eleanor, born Anna Eleanor Roosevelt in New York in 1884, lost her mother Anna to diphtheria when she was eight. Her father, Elliot, a brother of Theodore Roosevelt, died …

  • 21 September

    Fingerprint evidence is used to solve a British murder case

    Fingerprint evidence is used to solve a British murder case

    The neighbors of Thomas and Ann Farrow, shopkeepers in South London, discover their badly bludgeoned bodies in their home. Thomas was already dead, but Ann was still breathing. She died four days later without ever having regained consciousness. The brutal crime was solved using the newly developed fingerprinting technique. Only …