What Happened on March 1st

Historical Events

  • 1642 Georgeana (York) Maine became the 1st incorporated American city
  • 1780 Pennsylvania becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for new-borns only)
  • 1847 Michigan becomes 1st English-speaking jurisdiction to abolish the death penalty (except for treason against the state)
  • 1869 Postage stamps showing scenes are issued for 1st time
  • 1872 Yellowstone becomes world's 1st national park
  • 1970 White government of Rhodesia declares independence from Britain
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Did You Know?

US federal income tax takes effect (16th amendment)

On March 1, 1913

Famous Weddings

  • 1434 Jacqueline, Countess of Haintaut formally marries Frank van Borssele 2 years after first secretly marrying him
  • 1827 Father of U.S. History George Bancroft (26) weds first wife Sarah Dwight
  • 1947 Rocket engineer Werner von Braun (34) weds Maria Luise von Quistorp in Landshut, Germany
  • 1968 Singer-songwriter and actress June Carter (38) weds singer-songwriter Johnny Cash (36) at a church in Franklin, Kentucky
  • 1968 Country singer June Carter Cash (38) weds music icon Johnny Cash (36) in Franklin, Kentucky

Famous Divorces

  • 1919 Actress Gloria Swanson (19) divorces actor Wallace Beery (31) after 2 years of marriage
  • 1950 Actress Ingrid Bergman (34) divorces dentist Petter Aron Lindström after 12 years of marriage
  • 1989 Julianne Philips & Bruce Springsteen divorce
  • 1989 "Baywatch" actor David Hasselhoff (37) divorces actress Catherine Hickland (33) after nearly 5 years of marriage
  • 2002 "12 Angry Men" actor Edward James Olmos (55) divorces "Sopranos" actress Lorraine Bracco (47) after 8 years of marriage
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