On This Day: March 19th

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.

March 19th

1920- US Senate rejects Treaty of Versailles for 2nd time refusing to ratify League of Nations’ covenant (maintaining isolation policy)

1932- The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened in Sydney, Australia

1644- 200 members of Peking imperial family and court commit suicide in loyalty to the Emperor

1748- Naturalization Act passes granting Jews right to colonize North American colonies

1808- Charles IV, king of Spain, abdicates after riots and a popular revolt at the winter palace Aranjuez. His son, Ferdinand VII, takes the throne

1822- Boston, Massachusetts incorporated as a city

1877- Australia beat England by 45 runs in very first Test match

1883- Jan Matzeliger invents first machine to manufacture entire shoes

1911- 1st International Women’s Day sees over 1 million men and women attend rallies in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Issues discussed included women’s right to vote and to hold public office, the right to work, to vocational training and an end to discrimination on the job.

1915- Pluto photographed for 1st time (although unknown at the time)

1915- VI Summer (Modern) Olympic Games: IOC President Pierre de Coubertin writes to Associated Press indicating 1916 Berlin Games won’t take place because of WWI

1917- US Supreme Court uphoelds 8-hr work day for railroad employees

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