Elvis Presley ( 1960 ) Elvis Presley completes his two-year stint is discharged from the US Army.

Bank Holiday to Save Banks
5th March ( 1933 ) : To help stop the run on US banks U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced a four-day "bank holiday" . All U.S. banks would close effective March 6 to help stop Americans from withdrawing their money in panic which in turn caused more banks to collapse.

Martha Stewart 5th March ( 2004 ) Martha Stewart is convicted of the felony of obstructing justice and lying about why she'd unloaded her Imclone Systems Inc. stock just before the price plummeted. She had originally been accused of insider trading when she sold her stock days before the announcement that Imclone Systems Inc application for the new drug Erbitux was denied

Jim Morrison 5th March ( 1969 ) Jim Morrison ( Doors ) was arrested by Dade County a few days after his performance in Miami. He was charged of one felony and three misdemeanors related to indecent behavior he displayed on stage.


Franklin D. Roosevelt ( 1933 ) Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 32nd president of the United States pledging to lead the country out of the Great Depression

Africa and Aids
4th March ( 2005 ) : United Nations releases a report that warns that unless action is taken the HIV virus could become an epidemic in Africa with up to 90 million Africans infected. The current number is an estimated 22 million adults and children ( or 5% of the poplulation ) were living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa

Iran Contra Affair 4th March ( 1987 ) President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation on the Iran-Contra affair, acknowledging that talks with Iran had turned into an arms for hostages negotiation.

Hindenburg First Official Flight 4th March ( 1936 ) The Hindenburg makes it's First Official Flight in Germany. The Hindenburg built by the Zeppelin Company was 804 ft long filled with highly inflamable hydrogen to provide the lift and four 1,200 hp Daimler-Benz diesel engines giving the airship a maximum speed of 135 km/h (84 mph). To put this in context The Hindenburg was three times the length of a current Jumbo Jet and could carry less than 100 people including passengers and crew. ( Jumbo Jet carries circa 500 including passengers and crew )


Barbican Centre ( 1982 ) The Queen opens the Barbican Centre the largest arts centre in western Europe covering five-and-a-half acres of Cripplegate, which was destroyed by Nazi bombers in World War II.

Star-Spangled Banner
3rd March ( 1931 ) : After over a century, a poem written by Francis Scott Key was finally established as the U.S. National Anthem. The lyrics of this song were written on September 14, 1814, while Key observed the British invasion of Fort Mc Henry, a war zone located in Maryland, USA. “The Star-Spangled Banner” composition was inspired by a flag that remained standing, even after several hundred bombings occurred.

Communist Teachers Banned 3rd March ( 1952 ) As part of the paranoia concerning communism and the cold war the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a New York state law that prohibits communists from teaching in public schools.

Rodney King Beating 3rd March ( 1991 ) On this day, it was evident that police brutality had occurred in Los Angeles, California in the middle of the night on March 3, 1991. This was proved, as it was recorded on video (although some of the audible sounds were not as noticeable as the actions). Three white police officers had proceeded to beat Rodney King beyond what was necessary to use force to control him. Moreover, these three officers had reported that the bruises, cuts, and/or scrapes they gave King were minor in nature. The beating by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department of Rodney King is captured on Video, the video then appeared on television news which angered many of the public especially those in the African American community who believed the police brutality was racially motivated. Four LAPD officers were later tried in a state court for the beating but were acquitted. The announcement of the acquittals sparked the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.


King Kong ( 1933 ) The Original King Kong movie has its world premiere in New York

2nd March ( 1969 ) : The supersonic airliner an British and French joint project, Concorde, has it's maiden flight reaching 10,000ft and 300mph . It would be 7 years before Concorde started commercial flights on 21 January 1976 and flew commercial Trans-Atlantic flights until 23 October 2003 when it was retired from service

Operation Rolling Thunder 2nd March ( 1965 ) Operation Rolling Thunder begins with more than 100 United States Air Force jet bombers striking an ammunition depot at Xom Bang, 10 miles inside North Vietnam.

The Lucky Lady II 2nd March ( 1949 ) The First nonstop world flight is made by a B-50 Super fortress "The Lucky Lady II " led by Captain James Gallagher.


Peace Corps Established ( 1961 ) President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps as a new agency within the Department of State. The Work the Peace Corps performs ranges from teaching English to elementary school children in Zambia to launching a computer learning center in Moldova to promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in South Africa to working on soil conservation in Panama, Volunteers bring their skills and life experiences to where they are needed most.

Hydrogen Bomb
1st March ( 1954 ) : US tests hydrogen bomb in the Pacific archipelago of Bikini, part of the Marshall Islands.

First FM Radio Station
1st March ( 1941 ) : Nashville, Tennessee becomes the home of the very first FM radio station in the country. While the FM band had less static and more range, it didn’t become popular until the early 1960s as more radios capable of recieving FM are purchased.

Congressmen Shot 1st March ( 1954 ) Five U.S. congressmen were shot and injured during a House session today when Puerto Rican spectators who yelled "Free Puerto Rico" fired shots into the United States Capitol building.

Bobby Sands Hunger Strike 1st March ( 1981 ) Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands begins a hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland. During his hunger strike he was elected as a Member of Parliament for Great Britain. He died 65 days later.