Category Archives: 20th Century

Historical Facts from 1901 to 2000 CE

March 23, 1982

On March 23, 1982, the Space Shuttle Columbia was launched into orbit. Many people don’t remember this. They remember the Space Shuttle Challenger exploding on or around this date. It didn’t. That tragedy happened on January 28, 1986, but the … Continue reading

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March 21, 1925

On March 21, 1925, the state of Tennessee enacted the Butler Act. This law made it a crime for any teacher in any state-supported public school, including colleges and universities, to teach any theory that was in contradiction to the … Continue reading

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March 16, 1987

On March 16, 1987, in response to the highly believed myth that Albert Einstein failed math in school, the magazine “Bostonia” published an English translation of Albert’s final high school report card from 1896. In all of the math subjects, … Continue reading

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March 12, 1911

On March 12, 1911, Dr. Simon Flexner of the Rockefeller Institute and his assistant, Dr. Hideyo Noguchi discovered the cause of infantile paralysis. It was caused by a virus, the poliovirus. Dr. Flexner and Dr. Noguchi laid the first block … Continue reading

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March 11, 1946

On March 11, 1946, the official newspaper of the USSR, Pravda, denounced English Prime Minister Winston Churchill as being anti-Soviet and a warmonger. Churchill replied, “Duh, it’s as though you hadn’t heard any of my speeches or read about any … Continue reading

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March 8, 1978

On March 8, 1978, A Vogon battle cruiser was travelling through the solar system when it picked up the first-ever radio broadcast of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. Douglas Adams’s show was transmitted on BBC Radio 4. The captain … Continue reading

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March 7, 1994

On March 7, 1994 the United States Supreme Court ruled in Campbell vs Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., that parodies of an original work were generally covered under the doctrine of fair use. The porn industry sighed in relief as they dodged … Continue reading

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March 5, 1993

On March 5, 1993 Cuban President Fidel Castro said that American First Lady Hillary Clinton was a “beautiful woman’. President Bill Clinton quickly agreed, but he also said, “It’s true that Hillary is a beautiful woman, but she’s no fat-bottomed, … Continue reading

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March 3, 1985

On March 3, 1985, the group Women Against Pornography awarded it’s annual ‘Pig Award’ to Huggies Diapers. The angry activists claimed that Huggies TV ads for diapers had ‘crossed the line between eye-catching and porn.’ In other related news, every … Continue reading

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March 2, 1917

On March 2, 1917, the citizens of the American Territory of Puerto Rico were granted US citizenship with the enactment of the Jones Act. This means for the last 100 years, Puerto Ricans have been American citizens with all the … Continue reading

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