Mar 20, 2012 5:31pm

March 20: First Female Iditarod Winner 1985

1985 First Female Iditarod Winner Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod dog sled race in Alaska.  The challenging race spans over 1,100 miles of snowy terrain. The race began in 1967, Alaska’s centennial anniversary as a U.S. Territory.  Chairman of the… Read More »

Mar 19, 2012 10:31pm

March 19: Energy Crisis in United States 2001

1992 Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson Separate The marriage between Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson officially came to an end in 1992.  Fergie drew criticism for hiring her own lawyers to negotiate separation terms from Andrew, rather than letting the royal family do it quietly…. Read More »

Mar 14, 2012 8:43pm

Mar. 14: Birmingham 6 Freed 1991

1980 U.S. Boxers Die in Plane Crash Most of America’s national boxing team died when a plane crashed in Poland.  The 12  athletes were on the flight along with their coaches and managers.  They had departed from New York and were en route to  an international competition…. Read More »

Mar 13, 2012 9:59pm

March 13: Winter Weather Batters East Coast 1993

1993 ‘Great Blizzard’ Slams East Coast The record-breaking “storm of the century” devastated the East Coast from Florida to Maine with blizzard snows, high winds, floods and tornadoes.  Alabama saw 15 inches of snow, while Tennessee was hit with 21 inches.  High winds created white-out… Read More »

Mar 2, 2012 8:37pm

March 2: Dr. Seuss Born in 1904

1904 Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Author and illustrator Dr. Seuss (or Theodor Geisel) was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Mass.  Theodor Geisel first used the pseudonym “Seuss” on a cartoon he drew for Dartmouth College’s humor magazine in 1925. Geisel did work in advertising… Read More »

Mar 1, 2012 4:35pm

March 1: Peace Corps Established 1961

1961 Peace Corps Established President John F. Kennedy announced the new Peace Corps program.  He envisioned a group of American men and women volunteering to assist in underdeveloped nations. Kennedy felt that internal conflicts in less developed countries posed a threat to “the future of… Read More »

Feb 29, 2012 6:41pm

Feb. 29: ‘Gone With the Wind’ Sweeps Oscars 1940

1940 First African American Actress to Win an Oscar   Actress Hattie McDaniel won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the 1940 Academy Awards.  McDaniel played the role of the sassy maid “Mammy” in the film adaptation of  “Gone With the Wind.”  McDaniel received… Read More »

Feb 28, 2012 7:46pm

Feb. 28: Ceasefire in Gulf War 1991

1991 Ceasefire in Gulf War   Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein announced that troops would withdraw from Kuwait, signalling an end to the Gulf War. U.S. military warned that complete withdrawal of American troops would be a lengthy process, and announced plans to leave reserve troops… Read More »

Feb 27, 2012 8:37pm

Feb. 27: Wounded Knee Standoff 1973

1973 Wounded Knee Standoff Ends Native Americans surrendered to federal authorities after a 71-day standoff in South Dakota.   1990 Criminal Charges for Exxon Exxon was indicted on five criminal counts for March 1989 oil spill off the coast of Alaska.   1990 Nelson Mandela… Read More »

Feb 25, 2012 12:18am

Feb. 24: United Airlines Flight 811 Door Failure

1989  United Airlines Flight 811 A cargo door ripped open after United Airlines Flight 811 made a stop in Hawaii.  Nine people were killed by the decompression.  The hole raised concern over metal fatigue on older planes.   1997 Dolly the Sheep Scientists showed the… Read More »