This Day in History: March
01: March 15, 44 BC: Julius Caesar Is Assassinated
Join esteemed historian Gregory S. Aldrete to uncover the circumstances that led to the assassination of Julius Caesar, reveal the details of the act itself, and delve into the period of uncertainty that followed.
02: March 17, 461: St. Patrick Dies
On March 17, people all around the world hold religious and secular celebrations in honor of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Find out how his small acts of evangelism changed the face of religion in Ireland.
03: March 28, 1979: A Nuclear Accident Occurs at Three Mile Island
Join an award-winning professor of physics to go through the events of the Three Mile Island disaster, detailing the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history.
04: March 6, 1836: The Alamo Falls
Join Professor Patrick Allitt to examine how a small band of volunteer soldiers stood up against the Mexican troops that had come to quash the Texas Revolution.
05: March 12, 1930: Gandhi Begins His Famous Salt March
Join Professor Hayden J. Bellenoit to dive into the history of the infamous Salt March—the impact it had on helping remobilize India against the Raj and the British, and the influence it had in shaping future civil rights movements.
06: March 23, 1775: Patrick Henry Demands "Liberty or Death"
Join Professor Allen C. Guelzo to get to know Patrick Henry and uncover the context and the history behind his famous “Give me liberty, or give me death!” speech.
07: March 1, 1872: Yellowstone National Park Is Created
Yellowstone containing worlds within worlds for exploring, but it also holds a prestigious place in history as the first national park in America. Join Ford Cochran to delve into the history, beauty, and impact of Yellowstone National Park.
08: March 22, 1941: Tuskegee Airmen Are Activated
In 1941, amid controversy, President Franklin D. Roosevelt activated the 99th Pursuit Squadron, thus officially launching the Tuskegee Airmen. This was the first African American flying unit in the US military. After years of struggle against constraints caused by deep-seated racism, these pilots would become a highly valuable asset in the war against the Nazis during World War II.
09: March 1, 1692: The Salem Witch Investigations Begin
The Salem witch trials became one of the most infamous events in colonial American history and remains today a textbook case of mass hysteria, in which fear, superstition, and rivalry can lead to tragic outcomes. Discover how these trials also offer a chilling window into the legal and religious vulnerabilities faced particularly by women in the 17th century.
10: March 18, 1962: Algeria Wins Her Independence
Shift your attention to the North African nation of Algeria and witness the war for independence against France, from 1954 to 1962. The Algerian War provides a prism through which to view the French colonial experience in the region, along with the region’s experience of the French.