This Week in History: 25 March to 31 March

Posted on March 24, 2014 by


March 25
31 – First Easter, according to calendar-maker Dionysius Exiguus.
708 – Constantine begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
1821 – Greece gains independence from Turkey.
1965 – Martin Luther King, Jr., leads 25,000 to state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.
1970 – Concorde makes its 1st supersonic flight (700 MPH/1,127 KPH).

March 26
1668 – England takes control of Bombay, India.
1804 – Congress orders removal of Indians east of Mississippi to Louisiana.
1982 – Ground-breaking in Washington, DC, for Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1999 – A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man.

March 27
1625 – Charles I, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland, ascends English throne.
1794 – The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates.
1945 – Iwo Jima occupied after 22,000 Japanese and 6,000 Americans killed.
1980 – Mount St. Helens becomes active after 123 years.

March 28
37 – Roman Emperor Caligula accepts the titles of the Principate, entitled to him by the Senate.
845 – Paris is sacked by Viking raiders, probably under Ragnar Lodbrok, who collects a huge ransom in exchange for leaving.
1854 – During the Crimean War, Britain and France declare war on Russia.
1939 – Spanish Civil War ends; Madrid falls to Francisco Franco.
1959 – Eleven days after Tibet uprising, China dissolves Tibet’s government and installs Panchen Lama.

March 29
1795 – Beethoven (24) debuts as pianist in Vienna.
1867 – Congress approves Lincoln Memorial.
1942 – The Bombing of Lübeck in World War II was the first major success for the RAF Bomber Command against Germany and a German city.
1961 – Twenty-Third Amendment ratified.
1973 – US troops leave Vietnam, nine years after Tonkin Resolution.
1976 – Eight Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for shooting four Kent State students.

March 30
1492 – King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella sign decree expelling Jews from Spain.
1856 – Russia signs Peace of Paris, ending the Crimean War.
1867 – US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre – Seward’s Folly).
1870 – Texas becomes last confederate state readmitted to Union.
1944 – 781 British bombers attack Neurenberg.
1981 – President Reagan shot and wounded by John W Hinckley III.

March 31
1146 – Bernard of Clairvaux preaches his famous sermon in a field at Vézelay, urging the necessity of a Second Crusade.  Louis VII is present and joins the Crusade.
1814 – Forces allied against Napoleon capture Paris.
1933 – German Republic gives power to Hitler.
1965 – US ordered the first combat troops to Vietnam.
1966 – USSR launches Luna 10, first lunar orbiter.
1971 – William Calley sentenced to life for Mi Lai Massacre.

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