On This Day in History, March 01

Did you know that every year, on this date, the national wedding day is observed? A day set aside to encourage couples in having a smooth wedding planning. Very thoughtful, right?

Nonetheless, there are many more events that happen on this day, but nothing beats those that made history. Read on to find out!

  • 1642 – Georgeanna (York) in Maine became the 1st incorporated American city.
  • 1847 – Michigan became the 1st English-speaking jurisdiction to abolish the death penalty (except for treason against the state).
  • 1872Yellowstone became the 1st national park in the world.
  • 1896 -Henri Becquerel discovered radioactivity.
  • 1941 -Nashville, Tennessee became the home of the first FM radio station in the country.
  • 1947 -The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was formed.
  • 1954 – The US tests hydrogen bombs in the Pacific archipelago of Bikini, part of the Marshall Islands.
  • 1961 –  President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps as a new agency within the Department of State.
  • 1962 – On this day, 95 people were killed in a plane crash that occurred along the South shore of Long Island, New York.
  • 1966 – The Chancellor of the Exchequer, James Callaghan, confirmed the decision to change over to decimal coinage in 1971.
  • 1966 – An unmanned Soviet probe called Venera 3 crashed on Venus in the pursuit of the conquest of space.
  • 1971 – The Weather Underground / Weatherman bombed the United States Capitol.
  • 1972 -The Israeli army launched attacks against Arab Guerrilla camps that operated in southern Syria.
  • 1973 – The Palestinian terrorist group Black September stormed the Saudi Arabian embassy in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, taking diplomats hostage.
  • 1981 – Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands began a hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland.
  • 1995 – Internet giant Yahoo! was incorporated.
  • 1997 – Massive flooding occurred throughout the state of Kentucky, with Thousands left homeless and more than 50 dead.
  • 1998 – Titanic became the first film to gross $1 billion.
  • 2002 – The possibility of water still existing on Mars was made known.
  • 2005 – Dennis Rader, accused of leading a double life as the BTK ( Bind, Torture, and Kill, ) serial killer, was charged in Wichita, Kansas.

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