March 1 in Pop Culture History
1692 – In Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba, an Indian slave from Barbados, were accused of witchcraft, beginning the Salem Witchcraft Trials. Assuming those convicted were not practicing the dark arts, 19 innocent women and men were killed as a result of the trials.
1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy
1790 – The first United States census was authorized.
1868 – The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was founded at the University of Virginia.
1872 – Congress made 1,221,773 acres of public land in the area of what were later the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho as America’s first national park – Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles.
1910 – An avalanche in Wellington, Washington took The Great Northern Railroad’s westbound Spokane Express and the Wellington Train Station. 96 people were killed.
1915 – Iceland’s prohibition laws banned drinks containing more than 2.25% alcohol until March 1st, 1989. March 1st is now celebrated as “Beer Day”.
1921 – Harry Houdini earned a US Patent (#1,370,31) for a safety Diver Suit for his underwater magic escape tricks.
1932 – The Lindbergh Kidnapping – Charles Lindbergh III, the 20-month-old son of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family’s new mansion in Hopewell, New Jersey.
1954 – At Bikini Atoll, US hydrogen bomb code-named Bravo exploded.
1961 – President John F. Kennedy issued an executive order establishing the Peace Corps.
1971 – A bomb exploded in the Capitol building in Washington, DC, but hurt no one. A group callied the “Weather Underground” claimed credit for the bombing, which was done in protest of the ongoing US supported Laos invasion.
1971 – James Taylor made the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine, spotlighting ‘The New Rock: Bittersweet and Low.’
1975 – #1 Hit March 1, 1975 – March 7, 1975: Eagles – Best of My Love
1983 – Swatch watches were introduced. I’m still looking to replace my wife’s black face, black band, black hands edition.
1985 – The Purple Rose of Cairo was released in theaters
1986 – #1 Hit March 1, 1986 – March 14, 1986: Mr. Mister – Kyrie
1991 – The Doors was released in theaters.
1991- Clarissa Explains It All debuted on Nickelodeon.
1995 – Yahoo! was incorporated.
1996 – The news was revealed that 1 billion households worldwide owned a television set.
1998 – Titanic became the first film to gross over $1 billion worldwide.
2002 – 40 Days and 40 Nights debuted in theaters.
2007 – Chiller debuted on cable television