What Happened on March 1

Historical Events

  • 1642 Georgeana (York) in Maine becomes the 1st incorporated American city
  • 1780 Pennsylvania becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for newborns 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 a post horse and rider, a locomotive, a shield, an eagle and a ship, the Adriatic.
  • 1872 Yellowstone becomes the world's 1st national park
  • 1954 US explodes Castle Bravo, a 15 megaton hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll, which accidentally became the most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the US
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Mar 1 in Film & TV

  • 1975 Colour television transmissions begin in Australia.

Mar 1 in Music

  • 1973 Harvest (UK) and Capitol Records (US) release Pink Floyd's 8th studio album "Dark Side of the Moon"; it stays on Billboard Top 200 Album charts for most of the next 14 years, selling over 50 million copies worldwide

Mar 1 in Sport

  • 1969 New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle announces his retirement due to persistent knee injuries; finishes 18-season career with 536 home runs and .298 batting average

Did You Know?

Captain America created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby is first published by Timely Comics (premiere issue released on December 20, 1940)

On March 1, 1941

Would You Believe?

SS City of Glasgow leaves Liverpool harbour with approximately 480 passengers and crew; she was never seen again

On March 1, 1854

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 Wernher von Braun (34) weds Maria Luise von Quistorp (18) at a Lutheran church in Landshut, Bavaria, Germany

Famous Divorces

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