Okay, time to move on to March 2012. What happened today in history?
Salem Witch Trials
1642 – Georgeana, Massachusetts (now known as York, Maine), becomes the first incorporated city in the United States.
1692 – Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba are brought before local magistrates in Salem Village, Massachusetts, beginning what would become known as the Salem witch trials.
1781 – The Continental Congress adopts the Articles of Confederation.
1790 – The first United States census is authorized.
1803 – Ohio is admitted as the 17th U.S. state.
1845 – President John Tyler signs a bill authorizing the United States to annex the Republic of Texas.
1847 – The state of Michigan formally abolishes capital punishment.
1867 – Nebraska becomes the 37th U.S. state; Lancaster, Nebraska is renamed Lincoln and becomes the state capital.
1872 – Yellowstone National Park is established as the world’s first national park.
1873 – E. Remington and Sons in Ilion, New York begins production of the first practical typewriter.
1910 – The worst avalanche in United States history buries a Great Northern Railway train in northeastern King County, Washington, killing 96 people.
1912 – Albert Berry makes the first parachute jump from a moving airplane.
1917 – The U.S. government releases the unencrypted text of the Zimmermann Telegram to the public.
1932 – The son of Charles Lindbergh, Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, is kidnapped.
1936 – The Hoover Dam is completed.
1941 – W47NV (now known as WSM-FM) begins operations in Nashville, Tennessee becoming the first FM radio station in the U.S..
1953 – Joseph Stalin suffers a stroke and collapses. He dies four days later.
1954 – Nuclear testing: The Castle Bravo, a 15-megaton hydrogen bomb, is detonated on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, resulting in the worst radioactive contamination ever caused by the United States.
1961 – President of the United States John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps.
1962 – American Airlines Flight 1 crashes on take off in New York.
1971 – A bomb explodes in a men’s room in the United States Capitol: the Weather Underground claims responsibility.
1974 – Watergate scandal: Seven are indicted for their role in the Watergate break-in and charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice.
1990 – Steve Jackson Games is raided by the United States Secret Service, prompting the later formation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
1995 – Yahoo! is incorporated.
2002 – U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins in eastern Afghanistan.
2003 – Management of the United States Customs Service and the United States Secret Service move to the United States Department of Homeland Security.
2005 – US Supreme Court rules that the execution of juveniles found guilty of murder is unconstitutional marking a change in “national standards,”.
2006 – English-language Wikipedia reaches its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station.
2007 – Tornadoes break out across the southern United States, killing at least 20; eight of the deaths are at a high school in Enterprise, Alabama.
1910 – David Niven, English actor (d. 1983)
1914 – Harry Caray, American sportscaster (d. 1998)
1914 – Ralph Ellison, American writer (d. 1994)
1927 – Harry Belafonte, American actor and musician
1927 – Robert Bork, American legal scholar
1935 – Robert Conrad, American actor
1944 – Roger Daltrey, English musician (The Who)
1954 – Catherine Bach, American actress
1954 – Ron Howard, American actor and director
1994 – Justin Bieber, Canadian pop star
1984 – Jackie Coogan, American actor (b. 1914)
2012 – Andrew Breitbart, entrepreneur, conservative crusader.