What Happened on March 1

Significant 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 US Postage stamps showing scenes issued for 1st time. These pictorials showed post horse and rider, a locomotive, a shield an eagle, and a ship, the Adriatic
  • 1872 Yellowstone becomes world's 1st national park
  • 1954 US explodes Castle Bravo, 15 megaton hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll - most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the US
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Did You Know?

Portuguese soldier Estácio de Sá founds the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

On March 1, 1565

Would You Believe?

Pink Floyd release their album "Dark Side of the Moon", since sold over 45 million copies

On March 1, 1973

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
  • 1987 "The Last Picture Show" actress Cybill Shepherd (37) weds Dr. Bruce Oppenheim (38) in San Fernando Valley

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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