This Week in History (3/6)


Civil Rights protesters marching in Selma, Alabama on March 7th, 1965. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia)

Ryan Rose, Co-Editor

March 6th, 1899

The name “Aspirin” was trademarked by Bayer, the German pharmaceutical company that created the drug.

March 7th, 1965

Civil Rights protestors were attacked by state troopers in Selma, Alabama. Nightsticks and tear gas were used against the protesters in an attempt to prevent their march to Montgomery, the state capital. 

March 8th, 1817

The New York Stock Exchange was officially established. It was, and still is, responsible for revolutionizing the way that the global economy works. 

March 9th, 1796

Prior to becoming the Emperor of France and leading the French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte future-Empress Joséphine. The two stayed married for 14 years until Napoleon decided to annul their marriage in 1810 when they realized Josephine was infertile in attempts to find a new wife capable of giving him a male heir. 

March 10th, 1933

The first of Adolf Hitler’s concentration camps was established at Dachau. Over 30,000 people were estimated to have died at this one camp alone.

March 11th, 2020

For the first time, the World Health Organization officially called the COVID-19 crisis a pandemic. This would be followed by months of lockdowns, school closings, and upticks in hospitalization as the virus grew stronger and stronger.

March 12th, 1933

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued his first fireside chat, a radio address broadcasted to the American public directly. The fireside chats revolutionized the way that the American presidency communicated with its citizens.