|1 1961: President JFK establishes the Peace Corps (a volunteer program run by the U.S. that provides international social and economic development assistance).|
1987: Congress passes a resolution designating March as Women’s History Month.
|2 1836: Texas declares itself independent from Mexico.|
1917: The Jones-Shafroth Act grants United States citizenship to Puerto Ricans.
|3 1913: Women’s Suffrage Parade in Washington D.C. where over 8,000 women gathered to demand a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to vote.|
2009: President Barack Obama meets Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown (first and only female to hold office).
|4 1791: First Jewish member of Congress, Israel Jacobs takes office.|
1930: Mrs. Charles Fahning of Buffalo N.Y. is the first woman to bowl a perfect game of 300.
|5 1770: Boston Massacre – 1st American and African American killed in the Revolutionary War.|
1842: Over 500 Mexican troops led by Rafael Vasquez invade Texas, briefly occupy San Antonio, and then head back to the Rio Grande.
|6 1836: Battle of the Alamo ends (Mexican forces overwhelm and kill all of its defenders). |
Shaquille O’Neal’s birthday (African American / Muslim NBA Player).
|7 1848: In Hawaii, the Great Mahele was signed (land redistribution proposed by King Kamehameha II – one of the most important episodes in Hawaiian history).|
1969: Israel elects Golda Meir to be the first female prime minister of Israel.
|8 International Women’s Day|
Lester Holt’s Birthday (first African American to solo anchor a weekday network nightly newscast).
|9 1841: U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-1 in favor of a group of illegally enslaved Africans who were captured off the U.S. coast after seizing control of a spanish schooner, La Amistad: the justices ruled that the Africans should be set free. |
1959: The Barbie Doll goes on sale.
|10 Celebration of Harriet Tubman’s Life|
1969: James Earl Ray pleads guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. and is sentenced to 99 years in prison.
|11 Maha Shivarati: Hindu festival celebrated each year in honor of Lord Shiva.|
Lailat al Miraj: Muslim holiday commemorating the prophet Muhammad’s night time journey from Mecca to Jerusalem.
|12 1912: Girl Scouts of USA founded by Juliette Low of Savannah, GA. |
2020: The U.S. suspends travel from Europe due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|13 March 13 – April 13 Deaf History Month|
Scatman John’s Birthday (American skat musician).
|14 National Pi Day 3.14|
1943: The Holocaust – destruction of the Kraków Ghetto is completed (one of the five major nazi ghettos).
|15 Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s Birthday (Second Female Justice to the Supreme Court).|
1907: Finland is the first European country to give women the right to vote.
|16 ”Black Press Day” 1827: First US Newspaper owned and operated by African Americans “Freedom’s Journal” begins publishing in New York City.|
1869: Hiram R. Revels makes 1st official speech by an African American in the Senate.
|17 St. Patrick’s Day: a holiday started in Ireland.|
1997: CNN begins broadcasting in spanish.
|18 Queen Latifa’s Birthday (African American rap artist and actress).|
1874: Hawaii signs a treaty with the United States granting exclusive trading rights.
|19 St. Joseph’s Day (in Western Christianity, the feast of St. Joseph – husband of the Virgin Mary). |
1911: First International Women’s Day is celebrated.
|20 First Day of Spring: Northern Hemisphere|
First Day of Autumn: Southern Hemisphere
|21International Day for the Eliminatin of Discrimination (anniversary of Police open firing, killing 69 people in South Africa at a demonstration)|
No Ruz – New Year’s Day for Iran
|22 1794: Slave Trade Act bans the export of slaves from the United States, and prohibits American citizens from outfitting a ship for the purpose of importing slaves. |
1873: The Spanish National Assembly abolishes slavery in Puerto Rico.
|23 1930: U.S. Ladies Figure Skating Championship won by Maribel Vinson |
1956: Pakistan Independence – The Islamic Republic of Pakistan becomes an independent republic within the British Commonwealth (96% of the population being Muslim).
|24 1958: Elvis Presley“The King of Rock and Roll” joins the U.S. Army.|
1837: Canada gives its Black citizens the right to vote.
|25 International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the TransAtlantic Slave Trade is a United Nations international observation.|
Hindu New Year.
|26 1830: The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York.|
T.R. Knight’s Birthday (American Actor – best known for his role as George O’Malley in Grey’s Anatomy – left the show in 2009 due to anti-gay slurs against him from fellow actor Isiah Washington).
|27 March 27 – April 4 Passover: Jewish holiday commemorating the emancipation of the Isralites from slavery in ancient Egypt. |
1836: The first Mormon temple was dedicated in Kirtland, Ohio.
|28 Palm Sunday: Christian Holiday commemorating the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem|
Holi: Hindu festival of colors
|29 1973: Vietnam War – The last of U.S. combat soldiers leave Vietnam. |
2014: The first same-sex marriages in England and Wales are preformed.
|30 1867: The United States buys Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million|
1870: 15th Amendment goes into effect, giving Black men the right to vote.
|31 International Transgender Day of Visibiltiy.|
Caesar Chavez’s Birthday (Mexican American labor organizer and spokesperson for Mexican-American farm workers in 1927).