Historic World Events / March (page 20)

March

List historic world events in March

June, 2016

  • 15 June

    Grover Cleveland is born in Caldwell, New Jersey

    Grover Cleveland is born in Caldwell, New Jersey

    On this day in 1837, Grover Cleveland, the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms in the office, is born. Cleveland served as the 22nd president from 1885 to 1889 and as the 24th president from 1893 to 1897. As a young man, Cleveland left his native New Jersey to …

  • 13 June

    Lewis and Clark depart Fort Clatsop

    Lewis and Clark depart Fort Clatsop

    After passing a wet and tedious winter near the Pacific Coast, Lewis and Clark happily leave behind Fort Clatsop and head east for home. The Corps of Discovery arrived at the Pacific the previous November, having made a difficult crossing over the rugged Rocky Mountains. Their winter stay on the …

  • 12 June

    First liquid-fueled rocket

    First liquid-fueled rocket

    The first man to give hope to dreams of space travel is American Robert H. Goddard, who successfully launches the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket at Auburn, Massachusetts, on March 16, 1926. The rocket traveled for 2.5 seconds at a speed of about 60 mph, reaching an altitude of 41 feet …

  • 12 June

    Baseball owners give Veeck cold shoulder

    Baseball owners give Veeck cold shoulder

    On March 16, 1953, baseball’s owners refuse to allow Bill Veeck to move his struggling St. Louis Browns to Baltimore, which forces Veeck to sell the team. Veeck was the clown prince among baseball owners, prone to boneheaded stunts as well as inspired pranks, all aimed at bringing people to …

  • 11 June

    Ray pleads guilty to King assassination

    Ray pleads guilty to King assassination

    James Earl Ray pleads guilty to the assassination of African American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and is sentenced to 99 years in prison. On April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, King was fatally wounded by a sniper’s bullet while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room …

  • 11 June

    Edwin V. Sumner dies

    Edwin V. Sumner dies

    On this day in 1863, Union General Edwin Vose Sumner dies while awaiting reassignment to the far West. His death came months after he led his corps at the Battle of Antietam in Maryland. Born in Boston in 1793, Sumner joined the Army in 1819. He had already spent more …

  • 10 June

    Americans alarmed about impending French defeat

    Americans alarmed about impending French defeat

    After a force of 60,000 Viet Minh with heavy artillery had surrounded 16,000 French troops, news of Dien Bien Phu’s impending fall reaches Washington. French General Henri Navarre had positioned his forces 200 miles behind enemy lines in a remote area adjacent to the Laotian border. He hoped to draw …

  • 9 June

    Nazis take Czechoslovakia

    Nazis take Czechoslovakia

    On this day, Hitler’s forces invade and occupy Czechoslovakia–a nation sacrificed on the altar of the Munich Pact, which was a vain attempt to prevent Germany’s imperial aims. On September 30, 1938, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, French Premier Edouard Daladier, and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed the Munich Pact, …

  • 5 June

    Hail causes stampede at soccer match in Nepal

    Hail causes stampede at soccer match in Nepal

    On this day in 1988, a sudden hail storm prompts fans at a soccer match in Katmandu, Nepal, to flee. The resulting stampede killed at least 70 people and injured hundreds more. Approximately 30,000 people were watching the game between the Nepalese home team, Janakpur, and Muktijodha, of Bangladesh, at …

  • 5 June

    Congress authorizes survey of Cumberland Road

    Congress authorizes survey of Cumberland Road

    Congress authorizes surveying to begin for the construction of the Cumberland Road, which sped the way for thousands of Americans heading west. Four years earlier, Congress had recognized the importance of building a network of national roads to facilitate western immigration. The 1803 act that admitted Ohio into the Union …