March 13th is the 72nd day of a calendar year, 73rd in a leap year and has witnessed a lot of events all throughout history. Some of those are:
In the 1600s:
In 1639, clergyman John Harvard got Harvard University named after him.
In the 1700s:
In 1781, Sir William Herschel discovered the seventh planet in our solar system, namely Uranus.
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In the 1800s:
- In 1865, a bill which authorized slaves to be used as soldiers was signed by Jefferson Davis for the Confederacy.
- In 1868, the United States Senate started the impeachment trial of then president Andrew Johnson.
- It was on this day in 1878 when the first collegiate golf match was played. The match was between Cambridge and Oxford.
- In 1884, the United States of America finally adopted the Eastern Standard Time.
In the 1900s:
- In 1901, on this day, Andrew Carnegie announced that he would be retiring henceforth. He also declared that he would be giving away all of his fortune, estimated to be around $300 million.
- In 1911, corporate tax law was approved by the Supreme Court of the United States.
- In 1925, a law prohibiting the teaching of evolution was passed in Tennessee.
- In 1930, Pluto, the final planet in our solar system, was discovered by scientist Clyde Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory.
- On this day in 1935, archives which dated back to over three thousand years were found in the Biblical city of Jerusalem. The archives confirmed a lot of biblical evidences and history.
- In 1940, the signing of a treaty in Moscow marked the end of the war between Finland and Russia.
- In 1942, Julia Flikke, belonging to the Nurse Corps, went on to become the first ever woman colonel in the army of the United States.
- In 1951, the comic strip of the famous Dennis the Menace appeared in newspapers all across the United States for the very first time.
- On this day in 1969, the astronauts of Apollo 9 returned to Earth after completing a successful mission of testing the Lunar Module.
- In 1970, the PDP-11 minicomputer was introduced by the Digital Equipment Corporation.
- In 1974, death penalty was restored when the U.S. Senate voted 54-33 in favour of it.
- In 1995, the first ever United Nations World Summit on Social Development was concluded in Copenhagen in Denmark.
- In 1997, Sister Nirmala was chosen to succeed Mother Teresa as leader of the Catholic order by the Missionaries of Charity in India.
- In 2003, the Nature journal reported that scientists had discovered 350,000-year-old human footprints in Italy. These belonged to three humans who were climbing down the sides of a volcano.
- On this day in 2006, the construction of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum officially began in New York City.