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marchpicThe name of March comes from Latin Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was named for Mars, the Roman god of war who was also regarded as a guardian of agriculture and an ancestor of the Roman people through his sons Romulus and Remus. His month Martius was the beginning of the season for both farming and warfare

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1: First day of March is celebrated in Wales as St David's Day. Girls wear the Welsh national costume, and boys wear rugby shirts to schools throughout Wales. Check out 'St Davids Day'

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2: In 1780; Pennsylvania became the first US state to abolish slavery. Well done Pennsylvania: More details in: The Underground railroad Timeline

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Howard Carter English Egyptologist who discovered Tutankhamen's tomb died today in 1939 of lymphoma

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The British House of Commons unanimously passed a bill in 1995, that would largely prohibit game hunting in the country. The proposed legislation, known as The Wild Mammals Bill mainly targets fox, stag, and hare hunting (or should I have said they stop people targeting wild mammals).

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It's 1861 in America, and Abraham Lincoln was sworn in as the 16th president of the USA.

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English engineer Robert Stephenson's tubular bridge was opened, linking Anglesey with mainland Wales in 1850:

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Cyrano de Bergerac, French novelist and playwright born today in 1619: SparkNotes - Cyrano de Bergerac

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Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone in 1876 and coined the immortal phrase 'you can ring my bell'.

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The February Revolution began in today in 1917 at Petrograd (St Petersburg), Russia, heralding the rise of their totalitarian version of 'communism'.

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In 1074 Pope Gregory VII excommunicated all married priests which was another step back into darkness.

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1987 and the Vatican document, Instruction on respect for human life' in its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation.' Replies to Certain Questions of the Day', condemned artificial methods of fertilization and called for a ban on experiments on living embryos.

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The first successful English daily newspaper, the Daily Courant was published in London today in 1702: Check out History in English for early paparazzi musings.

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Anne Frank, Dutch Jewish diarist, died in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945:

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Its 1996 an American style mass killings have arrived at a school in Dunblane, Scotland: Sixteen children aged five and six, together with their teacher, were shot dead by legalized gun holder Thomas Hamilton.

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Queen Isabella of Castile ordered the expulsion of 150,000 Jews from Spain in 1492, unless they accepted Christian baptism.

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Julius Caesar, Roman emperor, assassinated beware the ides of March in 44 BC

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A Pakistani judge convicted Javed Iqbal, Pakistan's most notorious serial killer, of murdering 100 children and sentenced him to be strangled, chopped up into pieces, and dissolved in acid in front of the parents of his victims in 2000:

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National Day of Ireland. Feast day of St-Patrick's and a time when all self-respecting Irish people world-wide (and others) party in style.

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In 1834, six farm labourers from Tolpuddle, Dorset, were sentenced to transportation to Australia for forming a trade union. They became known as The Tolpuddle Martyrs.

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Sir Richard F. Burton, English explorer and scholar, translator of 'The Karma Sutra' and 1001 Arabian nights, first European to enter Mecca, possible finder of the source of the Nile and much, much more was born this day in 1821.

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1852: US author Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' was published.

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Irish theologian and archbishop of Armagh, James Ussher died this day in 1656. Best remembered for being the first creationist when he fixed the date of the Creation at 4004 BC (on a Wednesday at about lunch time most probably).

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Johann Wolfgang Goethe, German poet, novelist, and playwright died today in 1832:

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In 1983 President Reagan proposed the Star Wars' defense system for the USA, using satellites to detect enemy missiles and effect their destruction.

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The crowns of England and Scotland were united in 1603 when King James VI of Scotland succeeded to the English throne. More details in The Stuarts in Scotland

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1807 and the the British parliament has abolished the slave trade in what became known as The '1807 Abolition of Slavery Act'.

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Raymond Chandler, US novelist who created private eye Philip Marlowe died today in 1959.

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In 1871, England and Scotland played their first rugby international, in Edinburgh; Scotland won and you can find out the score @Scotland- Sports and Interests

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In 1939, The Spanish Civil War came to an end as Madrid surrendered to General Franco

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The last US troops left Vietnam 1973 as reported by the Washington post.

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Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter born today in 1853.

31st 1959 saw Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama flee from Chinese-occupied Tibet. For more details check out this page: Tashi Lumpo's Encyclopedia.

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