I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.
Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.
1770- Boston Massacre (Incident on King Street): British Soldiers kill five men in a crows throwing snowballs, stones, and sticks at them. African-American, Crispus Attucks is the first to die. He’s later held up as an early black martyr. Massacre galvanizes anti-British feelings.
1946- Winston Churchills’ “Iron Curtain” speech in Fulton Missouri, popularizes the term and draws attention to the division in Europe.
1496- English King Henry VII grants John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) a commission to explore for new lands.
1558- Smoking tobacco introduced into Europe by Spanish physician Francisco Fernandes.
1623- First American temperance law is enacted in Virginia.
1750- First American Shakespearean production “altered” Richard III in New York City.
1766- Don Antonio de Ulloa takes possession of Louisiana territory from the French.
1774- John Hancock delivers the fourth annual Massacre Day Oration, a commemoration of the Boston Massacre, and denounces the presence of British troops in Boston, enhancing Hancock’s stature as a leading patriot.
1795- Treaty of Basel- Prussia ends war with France.
1821- Monroe is first US president inaugurated on March 5th, because March 4th was on a Sunday.
1856- Georgia becomes first sate to regulate railroads.
1868- Stapler patented in England by CH Gould.
Source: On This Day
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