Historic World Events / March (page 5)

March

List historic world events in March

September, 2016

  • 7 September

    Maverick auto exec John DeLorean dies

    Maverick auto exec John DeLorean dies

    On this day in 2005, John DeLorean, an innovative auto industry executive and founder of the DeLorean Motor Company, dies at the age of 80 in New Jersey. In the early 1980s, the DeLorean Motor Company produced just one model, the DMC-12, a sleek sports car with gull-wing doors that …

  • 7 September

    Funeral held for the man behind the guillotine

    Funeral held for the man behind the guillotine

    The funeral of Guillotin, the inventor and namesake of the infamous execution device, takes place outside of Paris, France. Guillotin had what he felt were the purest motives for inventing the guillotine and was deeply distressed at how his reputation had become besmirched in the aftermath. Guillotin had bestowed the …

  • 4 September

    China’s last emperor is Japanese puppet

    China’s last emperor is Japanese puppet

    Henry Pu Yi, who reigned as the last emperor of China from 1908 to 1912, becomes regent of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo, comprising the Rehe province of China and Manchuria. Enthroned as the emperor Hsian-T’ung at the age of three, he was forced to abdicate four years later …

  • 4 September

    Nationalist Chinese forces invade mainland China

    Nationalist Chinese forces invade mainland China

    In a surprise raid on the communist People’s Republic of China (PRC), military forces of the Nationalist Chinese government on Taiwan invade the mainland and capture the town of Sungmen. Because the United States supported the attack, it resulted in even deeper tensions and animosities between the U.S. and the …

  • 2 September

    Bobby Fischer born

    Bobby Fischer born

    On this day in 1943, Bobby Fischer is born in Chicago, Illinois. Fischer went on to become the only American ever to win the chess world championship. He also became well-known for his strange behavior, which paranoia and anti-Semitic and anti-American rants, in spite of his Jewish background and American …

  • 2 September

    McCarthy does well in the Democratic primary

    McCarthy does well in the Democratic primary

    Senator Eugene McCarthy (D-Minnesota), an outspoken critic of the Johnson administration’s policies in Vietnam, polls 42 percent of the vote in New Hampshire’s Democratic presidential primary. President Lyndon B. Johnson got 48 percent. A Harris poll later showed that anti-Johnson, rather than antiwar, sentiment provided the basis for McCarthy’s surprisingly …

  • 1 September

    COPS debuts on Fox

    COPS debuts on Fox

    On this day in 1989, the hit reality-based television show COPS premieres on the Fox television network, and audiences hear the reggae beat of its distinctive theme song, Inner Circle’s “Bad Boys,” for the very first time. Created by the producing team of John Langley and Malcolm Barbour, COPS placed …

August, 2016

  • 31 August

    Fighting on Iwo Jima ends

    Fighting on Iwo Jima ends

    On this day, the west Pacific volcanic island of Iwo Jima is declared secured by the U.S. military after months of fiercely fighting its Japanese defenders. The Americans began applying pressure to the Japanese defense of Iwo Jima in February 1944, when B-24 and B-25 bombers raided the island for …

  • 31 August

    Jim Bridger born

    Jim Bridger born

    Two months before Lewis and Clark begin their epic western expedition, Jim Bridger is born in Richmond, Virginia. Twenty years later, Bridger, heading West along the routes Lewis and Clark pioneered, became one of the greatest mountain men of the 19th century. The son of a surveyor and an innkeeper, …

  • 31 August

    King Faisal assassinated

    King Faisal assassinated

    In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, King Faisal is shot to death by his nephew, Prince Faisal. King Faisal, son of King Ibn Saud, fought in the military campaigns in the 1920s and ’30s that helped forge modern Saudi Arabia. He later served as Saudi ambassador to the United Nations and in …