What do Charles Lindbergh, The Spanish Flu, and the Great Blizzard of 88 all have in common? These are all important historical events that happened in March. Take a quick March history lesson right here.
March 1, 1932 – The son of aviation pioneer Charles A. Lindbergh was kidnapped in Hopewell, New Jersey. On May 12, the boy’s body was found several miles from the Lindberg’s home.
March 4, 1918 – At Camp Funston in central Kansas, the first soldier known to have influenza reported ill. It became known as the Spanish Flu and killed between 50 and 100 million people.
March 5, 1770 – The Boston Massacre occurred as a group of Americans harassed British soldiers who then opened fire into the crowd.
March 6, 1836 – Fort Alamo fell to Mexican troops led by General Santa Anna.
March 12, 1888 – The Great Blizzard of ’88 struck.
March 16, 1968 – The My Lai Massacre occurred in Vietnam.
March 23, 1775 – Patrick Henry ignited the American Revolution with a speech before the Virginia convention in Richmond, stating the immortal words, “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”
March 24, 1989 – One of the largest oil spills in U.S. history occurred as the Exxon oil tanker “Valdez” ran aground in Prince William Sound off Alaska.
March 30, 1981 – President Ronald Reagan was shot in Washington, D.C., following a speech inside the Washington Hilton Hotel.