A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on March 3rd. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On March 3, 1776, the Continental Navy and Continental Marines, the forces that would become the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps, conducted the first amphibious operation in US military history when a raid on Nassau in the Bahamas was conducted, known as The Raid on Nassau or sometimes called The Battle of Nassau.
On March 2 and 3, 1859, the largest sale of African slaves in the United States came to a sad conclusion near Savannah, Georgia when the last slaves formerly owned by plantation owner Pierce Mease Butler (1807/10-1867) were sold in order for Butler to satisfy his considerable debts.
On March 3, 1885, American Telephone and Telegraph Company was formed to provide the first telephone services to a wide audience, but what came before?
On March 3, 1951, music history was made when the first song deemed to be “rock and roll” was recorded.
On March 3, 1951, music history was made when the first song deemed to be “rock and roll” was recorded. (NOTE: The link in the date for this entry leads to a different article than the other mention to this same event above.)
On March 3, 1991, the combination of George Holliday and his home video camera and selective use of portions of that video by the news media shocked the country and profoundly affected American History!
On March 3, 2005, the “other” country down under became the first modern nation with an all-female leadership cadre when New Zealand elected Margaret Wilson as Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives.
On March 3, 2005, Steve Fossett of the USA made a non-stop, unrefueled solo flight around the globe, the first person in aviation history to achieve that particular milestone.
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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