Historic World Events / March (page 4)

March

List historic world events in March

September, 2016

  • 16 September

    Mexicans execute defenders of Goliad

    Mexicans execute defenders of Goliad

    In a disastrous setback for the Texans resisting Santa Anna’s dictatorial regime, the Mexican army defeats and executes 417 Texas revolutionaries at Goliad. Long accustomed to enjoying considerable autonomy from their Mexican rulers, many Anglo Texan settlers reacted with alarm when Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna proclaimed himself dictator of …

  • 14 September

    American Beauty tops Academy Awards

    American Beauty tops Academy Awards

    On this day in 2000, Billy Crystal hosts the 72nd annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. An Oscar crisis had been narrowly averted a week earlier, when Willie Fulgear, a man who made his living recovering and selling discarded objects, found 10 packing crates filled …

  • 14 September

    Clark pleads guilty in Yale grad student slaying

    Clark pleads guilty in Yale grad student slaying

    On this day in 2011, 26-year-old Raymond Clark III, a former animal research assistant at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, pleads guilty to the murder and attempted sexual assault of 24-year-old Yale graduate student Annie Le. On September 13, 2009, Le’s partially decomposed body was found stuffed behind a …

  • 14 September

    Johan Santana born

    Johan Santana born

    On this day in 1979, power pitcher Johan Santana is born in Tovar Merida, Venezuela. He went on to become the dominant left-handed pitcher in baseball from 2003 to 2006 and won the coveted Cy Young Award as the American League’s top pitcher following the 2004 season and again in …

  • 13 September

    Russians take Austrian garrison at Przemysl

    Russians take Austrian garrison at Przemysl

    After six months of battle, the Austrian garrison at Przemysl (now in Poland), the citadel guarding the northeastern-most point of the Austro-Hungarian empire, falls to the Russians on March 22, 1915. During the first weeks of World War I in August 1914, Russia had been able to mobilize more quickly …

  • 13 September

    Prolific, best-selling author James Patterson is born

    Prolific, best-selling author James Patterson is born

    On this day in 1947, James Patterson, one of the world’s top-selling novelists, is born. Best known for his thrillers, Patterson, the creator of the Alex Cross detective series and the Women’s Murder Club series, among others, has written books in a variety of genres, from historical fiction to young …

  • 11 September

    Mudslide in Washington state kills more than 40 people

    Mudslide in Washington state kills more than 40 people

    On this day in 2014, 43 people die when a portion of a hill suddenly collapses and buries a neighborhood in the small community of Oso, Washington, some 55 miles northeast of Seattle. It was one of the deadliest mudslides in U.S. history. The collapse occurred shortly after 10:30 a.m., …

  • 8 September

    Natural gas explosion kills schoolchildren in Texas

    Natural gas explosion kills schoolchildren in Texas

    Nearly 300 students in Texas are killed by an explosion of natural gas at their school on this day in 1937. The Consolidated School of New London, Texas, sat in the middle of a large oil and natural gas field. The area was dominated by 10,000 oil derricks, 11 of …

  • 7 September

    Khrushchev begins his rise to power

    Khrushchev begins his rise to power

    The Soviet government announces that Nikita Khrushchev has been selected as one of five men named to the new office of Secretariat of the Communist Party. Khrushchev’s selection was a crucial first step in his rise to power in the Soviet Union—an advance that culminated in Khrushchev being named secretary …

  • 7 September

    Reagan orders troops into Honduras

    Reagan orders troops into Honduras

    As part of his continuing effort to put pressure on the leftist Sandinista government in Nicaragua, President Ronald Reagan orders over 3,000 U.S. troops to Honduras, claiming that Nicaraguan soldiers had crossed its borders. As with so many of the other actions taken against Nicaragua during the Reagan years, the …