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March 29 1848 For the first time in recorded history, Niagara Falls stopped flowing. An ice jam in the Niagara River above the rim of the falls caused the water to stop. 1867 The North America Act was...

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March 28 1797 Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine. 1930 The cities of Constantinople and Angora changed names to Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey. 1939 The Spanish Civil War ended. 1941 Author...

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March 27 1794 Congress authorizes the construction of six frigates, including the Constitution (Old Ironsides), for the U.S. Navy. 1866 President Andrew Johnson vetoed a civil rights bill which later...

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March 17 1762 The first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in New York City. 1776 British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War. 1870 Wellesley Female Seminary (later Wellesley...

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March 16 1521 Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines. 1850 Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter was published. 1926 The first liquid-fuel rocket was successfully launched by Prof....

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March 15 44 B.C. On the “Ides of March,” Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the senate house by a group of conspirators led by Cimber, Casca, Cassius, and Marcus Junius Brutus. 1493 Christopher...

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March 14 1743 The first town meeting was held in Boston, Massachusetts, at Faneuil Hall. 1794 The cotton gin was patented by Eli Whitney. 1939 The Republic of Czechoslovakia was dissolved, soon to...

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March 13 1639 Cambridge College was renamed Harvard University. 1781 The German-born English astronomer Sir William Herschel discovered the planet Georgium Sidus, later known as Uranus. 1852 "Uncle...

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March 10 1629 Charles I of England dissolves Parliament and rules alone for 11 years. 1785 Thomas Jefferson is appointed minister to France. 1848 Congress ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo,...

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March 9 1796 Napoleon Bonaparte married Josephine de Beauharnais, widow of a former French officer executed during the revolution. 1841 The Supreme Court ruled that the Amistad slaves were...