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Sam Walton born, Frankfurt captured, Calley convicted

On March 29, 1918, Walmart founder Sam Walton was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. On March 29, 1945, Gen. George S. Patton’s 3rd Army captured Frankfurt, Germany. Patton’s troops then crossed through southern Germany and into Czechoslovakia, only to encounter an order not to take the capital, Prague, as it had

Parliment adopts Coercive Acts

On March 28, 1774, the British Parliament adopted the Coercive Acts, a series of four acts aimed at restoring order in Massachusetts and punishing Bostonians for the Tea Party, in which the Sons of Liberty boarded three British ships in Boston Harbor and dumped 342 crates of tea—valued at nearly

Yugo coup, Poilish strike

On March 27, 1941, Yugoslavian Air Force officers launched a bloodless coup toppling the pro-axis government. Two days before the coup, Prince Paul of Yugoslavia succumbed to pressure from Hitler to join the Tripartite Pact, a move that was deeply unpopular amongst the anti-Axis Serbian public and military. On March

Samuel Ward died, Tom Foley born

On March 26, 1776, Samuel Ward, a colonial Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations and a delegate to the Continental Congress, died. Ward was the only colonial governor to oppose the Stamp Act, threatening his position, but bringing him recognition as a great patriot. On March

Quartering Act, Elvis inducted

On March 24, 1765, Parliament passed the Quartering Act, ordering the American colonies to provide housing for British soldiers in barracks, or if necessary to accommodate the soldiers in local inns, livery stables, ale houses, and the houses of sellers of wine. The popular belief that the Redcoats tossed colonists

Patrick Henry “Give Me Liberty” Speech

On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry gave his famous speech exclaiming “Give me liberty or give me death!” at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia, where more than 100 Virginia patriots, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee, and Peyton Randolph gathered after leaving the colonial capitol of Williamsburg

Stamp Act passed

On March 22, 1765, the British Parliament passed the controversial Stamp Act, hoping to raise the funds from the North American colonies to defend the vast new American territories won from the French in the Seven Years’ War. The legislation levied a direct tax on all materials printed for commercial

Ponce massacre, Sharpeville massacre

On March 21, 1937, a peaceful Palm Sunday march in Ponce, Puerto Rico, turns deadly when National Guard and Insular Police, under the direct military command of the U.S.-appointed governor of Puerto Rico, General Blanton Winship, open fire on the crowd killing 18 people, including a 7-year-old girl. The Puerto

GOP Formed, LBJ Calls Bama Guard

On March 20, 1854, former Whig Party members met in Ripon, Wisconsin, to establish a new party, the Republican Party, that would oppose the spread of slavery into the western territories. On March 20, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson notified Alabama’s Governor George Wallace that he would use federal authority

Patriot McKean born, Versailles Treaty rejected, Nevada gambling passed

On March 19, 1734, patriot Thomas McKean was born in Pennsylvania. McKean went on to sign the Declaration of Independence and to serve as president of the state of Delaware, chief justice of Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court and president of the U.S. Congress under the Articles of Confederation. On March 19,

End Apartheid Referendum says, Brits leave Boston, St Pat dies

On March 17, 1992, white South Africans went to the polls to vote on a referendum supporting the reforms negotiated by State President F.W. de Klerk two years earlier, in which de Klerk proposed to end the apartheid that had begun in 1948. The vote was nearly 69 percent in

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