31st MARCH ~ HISTORY ON THIS DAY

March 31st ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~ 1889: The Eiffel Tower opened : The Eiffel Tower was dedicated in Paris on the 31st March 1889, in a ceremony presided over by Gustave Eiffel, the tower’s designer, and attended by French Prime Minister Pierre Tirard, and a handful of other dignitaries, and 200 construction workers. The Eiffel Tower of open-lattice wrought-iron was the world’s tallest man-made structure at  324 metres (1,063 ft). | & more about history on this day in the video…

30th MARCH ~ HISTORY ON THIS DAY

March 30th ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~ 1981: President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by a deranged drifter named John Hinckley Jr. on the 30th March 1981. The president had just finished addressing a labor meeting at the Washington Hilton Hotel and was walking with his entourage to his limousine when Hinckley fired 6 shots at the president where he was standing with a group of reporters. Ronald Reagan and 3 of his attendants were shot. Hinckley was overpowered and pinned against a wall, while President Reagan was shoved into his limousine by a Secret Service agent, unaware that he’d been shot,  and rushed to the hospital. The president was shot with a .22 caliber bullet that just missed his heart, hitting his left lung. 70-year-old man Ronald Reagan walked into George Washington University Hospital with a collapsed lung. As he was treated and prepared for surgery, he was in good spirits and said to his wife, Nancy, ”Honey, I forgot to duck,” and to his surgeons, “Please tell me you’re Republicans.” Reagan’s surgery lasted two hours, and he was listed in stable and good condition afterward. The next day, the president resumed some of his executive duties and signed a piece of legislation from his hospital bed. On the 11th April he returned to the White House. Ronald Reagan’s popularity soared after the assassination attempt. | & more about history on this day in the video…

29th MARCH ~ HISTORY ON THIS DAY

March 29th ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~ 1973: U.S. withdraws from Vietnam : Two months after the signing of the Vietnam peace agreement, the last U.S. combat troops left South Vietnam as Hanoi freed the remaining American prisoners of war held in North Vietnam. America’s direct eight-year intervention in the Vietnam War came to an end. In Saigon, about 7,000 U.S. Department of Defense civilian employees remained behind to aid South Vietnam in a fierce and ongoing war with communist North Vietnam. | & more about history on this day in the video…

28th MARCH ~ HISTORY ON THIS DAY

March 28th ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~ 1979Nuclear accident at Three Mile Island: The worst accident in the history of the U.S. nuclear power industry began when a pressure valve in the Unit-2 reactor at Three Mile Island failed to close on the 28th March 1979. Cooling water, contaminated with radiation, drained from the open valve into adjoining buildings, and the core began to dangerously overheat. The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant was built in 1974 on a sandbar onPennsylvania’s Susquehanna River, 10 miles downstream from the state capitol in Harrisburg. | & more about history on this day in the video…

27th MARCH ~ HISTORY ON THIS DAY

March 27th ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~ 1998: FDA approved Viagra: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the drug Viagra, an oral medication that treats impotence, on the 27th March 1998. Sildenafil is the chemical name for Viagra, the artificial compound that was originally synthesized and studied to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and angina pectoris (a form of cardiovascular disease). Chemists at the Pfizer pharmaceutical company found the drug had little effect on angina, and could induce penile erections, within 30 to 60 minutes. Pfizer saw the economic opportunity in such a biochemical effect, and decided to market the drug for impotence. Sildenafil was patented in 1996, and two years later it was approved by the FDA for use in treating “erectile dysfunction,” the new clinical name for impotence. It is believed the drug was invented by Peter Dunn and Albert Wood. | & more about history on this day in the video…

26th MARCH ~ HISTORY ON THIS DAY

March 26th ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~ 1979: Israel-Egyptian peace agreement signed: In a ceremony at the White House, Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed a historic peace agreement on the 26th March 1979, ending three decades of hostilities between Egypt and Israel and establishing diplomatic and commercial ties. | & more about history on this day in the video…

25th MARCH ~ HISTORY ON THIS DAY

March 25th ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~ 1911: Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York City: One of the darkest moments of America’s industrial history happened on the 25th March 1911 when the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City burnt down, killing 145 workers. The tragedy led to the development of a series of laws and regulations that protected the safety of factory workers better. | & more about history on this day in the video…

24th MARCH ~ HISTORY ON THIS DAY

March 24th ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~ 1839: OK enters national vernacular: The initials “O.K.” were first published in The Boston Morning Post  on the 24th March 1839. It was meant as an abbreviation for “oll correct”, a popular slang misspelling of “all correct” at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans, then the World. During the late 1830s, it was a favorite practice among the younger, educated circles to misspell words intentionally, and abbreviate them as slang when talking to one another. In the 1830s the “in crowd” had a whole host of slang terms they abbreviated, such as “KY” for “No use” (“know yuse”), “KG” for “No go” (“Know go”), and “OW” for all right (“oll wright”), just as teenagers today have their own slang based on distortions of common words, such as “kewl” for “cool” and “DZ” for “these”. | & more about history on this day in the video…

22nd MARCH ~ HISTORY ON THIS DAY

March 22nd ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~ 1765: Stamp Act imposed on American colonies: To raise funds to pay off debts and defend the vast new American territories won from the French in the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763), the British government passed the Stamp Act on the 22nd March 1765. The legislation levied a direct tax on all materials printed for commercial and legal use in the colonies, from newspapers and pamphlets to playing cards and dice.| & more about history on this day in the video…