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This Week In History – March 11th to March 17th

Hunter Hoskins, Staff Writer

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March Eleventh:

  • In 1818, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was published.
  • In 1779, Congress established the United States Army Corps of Engineers to help plan, design, and prepare environmental and structural facilities for the U.S. Army.
  • In 1918, the first signs of the deadly influenza epidemic appear.
  • In 2004, terrorists bombed trains in Madrid, Spain.

March Twelfth:

  • In 1888, Chinese laborers were excluded from the United States.
  • In 1933, eight days after his inauguration, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his first national radio address, or “fireside chat,” broadcasted directly from the White House.
  • In 1938, German troops marched to annex Austria.

March Thirteenth:

  • In 1865, the Confederate Army allowed African Americans in their ranks for the first time.
  • In 1881, Czar Alexander II was assassinated.
  • In 1915, the British end the Battle of Neuve Chapelle.
  • In 1942, the Quartermaster Corps of the United States Army began training dogs for the newly established War Dog Program, or “K-9 Corps.”

March Fourteenth:

  • In 1776, Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, was named captain of an artillery company.
  • In 1879, Albert Einstein was born. His work in particle and energy theory led to the creation of the atomic bomb.
  • In 1943, Germans recapture the city of Kharkov.
  • In 1965, the Allies launched the second wave of rolling thunder.

March Fifteenth:

  • In 44 BC, Julius Caesar was murdered on the Ides of March.
  • In 1767, President Andrew Jackson was born.
  • In 1820, Maine entered the Union.
  • In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson called for equal voting rights for African Americans.

March Sixteenth:

  • In 1751, President James Madison, “Father of the Constitution,” was born.
  • In 1802, the United States Military Academy was established.
  • In 1926, the first successful liquid-fueled rocket launch took place.
  • In 1968, the Mỹ Lai Massacre took place in Vietnam.

March Seventeenth:

  • In 461, after 40 years of poverty, and teaching, traveling, and working tirelessly, Saint Patrick died.
  • In 1776, the British troops evacuated Boston.
  • In 1906, earthquakes killed more than 1,200 people in Taiwan.
  • In 1917, there was a shakeup in the French government that led to the resignation of Prime Minister Aristide Briand.

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