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March: On This Day...

Tuesday, March 1st

1950: After 12 years of marriage, Ingrid Bergman and dentist Petter Aron Lindstrom get divorced. The two had one daughter together (Pia) before Bergman had an affair with movie director Roberto Rossellini during their shooting of Stromboli.

1973: Pink Floyd releases their album Dark Side of the Moon, which has since sold over 45 million copies.

Wednesday, March 2nd

1882: Queen Victoria narrowly escapes assassination when Roderick Maclean shoots at her while boarding a train in Windsor.

1944: Casablanca wins big at the 16th Academy Awards. It collects awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Thursday, March 3rd

1985: Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepard star in Moonlighting. ABC’s show features a budding romance and manages to mix romance, comedy and drama in a TV show for one of the first times.

1995: Future Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles gets a divorce from husband Andrew. She starts dating Prince Charles publicly in 1999, but the two have admitted they were together during both of their marriages.

Friday, March 4th

1522: Anne Boleyn enters English Court for the first time during the Green Castle pageant. This established her as a coveted woman and began her courting by King Henry VIII

1960: Lucille Ball files to divorces husband Desi Arnaz. The two were co-stars on I Love Lucy until Arnaz’s cheating got the best of their relationship.

Saturday, March 5th

1974: Actress Eva Mendes is born in Miami. She has been married to Ryan Gosling since 2011, with whom she has two children.

1978: Hello, Dolly! Starring Carol Channing makes it opening at Lunt-Fontanne Theater in NYC. The show runs for 152 performances and was the second revival of the show.

Sunday, March 6th

1964: Elizabeth Taylor finalizes her fourth divorce. This time from singer and actor Eddie Fisher.

1985: Yul Brynner makes his 4,500th performances as The King in The King & I. He eventually married his The King & I co-star Kathy Lee.

Monday, March 7th

1946: At the 18th Academy Awards The Lost Weekend wins four awards. Jane Wyman and Ray Milland star as a couple struggling through the trials of alcoholism.

1955: Peter Pan starring Mary Martin is first televised. The Broadway play is adapted for a TV movie special with the entire Broadway cast.

Tuesday, March 8th,

1910: Baroness Raymonde de Laroche of Paris becomes the first ever licensed female pilot

1952: Future US President Ronald Reagan (41) marries Nancy Davis (30) at the Little Brown Church in San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles

Wednesday, March 9th

1796: French Leader Napoléon Bonaparte (26) marries first wife Joséphine de Beauharnais (32), changing her first name from Rose

1959: Barbie makes her debut at the American Toy Fair in New York. Over a billion dolls have been sold worldwide since.

Thursday, March 10th

1914: Suffragettes in London damage Rokeby's painting Venus of Velasquez

1975: The Rocky Horror Picture Show live musical opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 45 performances

Friday, March 11th

1302: Romeo & Juliet's wedding day, according to Shakespeare

1918: US Army mess cook Private Albert Gitchell of Fort Riley, Kansas becomes the first documented case of Spanish flu; start of worldwide pandemic killing 50-100 million

Saturday, March 12th

1894: Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time in a candy store in Vicksburg, Mississippi

1994: The Church of England ordains its first ever 33 female priests

Sunday, March 13th

1905: Dancer and spy Mata Hari first performs her dance act at the Guimet Museum, Paris

2020: Breonna Taylor, African American medical technician, shot and killed by police officers in her home at 26

Monday, March 14th

1988: The first organized Pi Day at the San Francisco Exploratorium was held by physicist Larry Shaw who had the idea to celebrate the day by marching around a circle and then eating some pies

2017: World's oldest golf club Muirfield in Scotland, votes to admit women as members for first time in 273 years

Tuesday, March 15th

1933: Birthdate of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first Jewish female Supreme Court justice and the second female justice.

2019: Climate change strikes held by school children take place around the world inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg

Wednesday, March 16th

1946: Booth Theater’s Would-Be Gentleman closes. The play features a demonstration on how to be the perfect gentleman in the 1600’s.

1991: Irish Gay and Lesbian Organization holds a march in NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Thursday, March 17th

1905: Eleanor Roosevelt marries cousin Franklin Roosevelt. President Teddy Roosevelt gives away Eleanor.

2017: Emma Watson’s Beauty and the Beast premieres. The live-action remake of the animated film was done by Bill Condon.

Friday, March 18th

1992: Donna Summer finally gets her star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The Queen of Disco’s hits include, “Last Dance, “MacArthur Park,” I Feel Love,” “Hot Stuff” and “Love to Love you Baby.”

2012: Jennie Garth files to divorce Twilight star Peter Facinelli. They were married for 11 years.

Saturday, March 19th

1924: E.E. Cummings, American poet, marries Elaine Orr, a woman who was married to one of his Harvard classmates. The pair was only married nine months before the break-up despite Orr leaving her husband for Cummings and having a child out of wedlock with him.

1964: The first day of shooting Goldfinger. Sean Connery and Shirley Eaton become the first iconic James Bond and Bond Girl duo.

Sunday March 20th

1970: David Bowie marries model Angie Barnett in London. The pair later divorced, after having a son, Zowie Bowie, who changed his name to Duncan Jones as an adult, and has become a successful film director of such movies as Source Code and Warcraft.

1995: The Beatles release “Free As a Bird” It is the first single featuring all four Beatles in over 30 years.

Tuesday, March 21st

1940: Rebecca premieres in Miami. Hitchcock’s reworking of Daphne du Maurier’s book was his first American film and features a thrilling romance.

1945: Humphrey Bogart marries Lauren Bacall at Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield’s country home in Ohio. The marriage lasted 11 years, until Bogart’s death. Bacall married actor Jason Robards after Bogart’s death.

Wednesday, March 22nd

1991: Pamela Smart is found guilty of brainwashing her student-lover to murder her husband. She was having sex with her student and told him that she would stop unless he killed her husband and used his friends to do it.

1994: Tim McGraw’s second album is released, Not a Moment Too Soon. The album wins Billboard Album of the Year in 1994.

Thursday, March 23rd

1985: Singer/songwriter Billy Joel marries supermodel Christie Brinkley. The two had a daughter before their divorce in 1994.

2015: Kris and Bruce Jenner file to divorce after 13 years of marriage and two children. Their relationship was well documented on Keeping up with the Kardashians.

Friday March 24th

1603: James VI, the son of Mary Queen of Scots, is now King James I of England. The English and Scottish crowns are merged.

1984: David Hasselhof marries One Life to Live star Catherine Hickland. Their marriage scene was recreated on Knight Rider season four.

Saturday, March 25th

1969: Yoko Ono and John Lennon hold their first “bed-in” for peace. The pair used their 1969 marriage press to highlight the possibility of world peace.

2005: Jennifer Aniston files to divorce Brad Pitt. He was rumored to be cheating on her with co-star and future wife Angelina Jolie.

Sunday, March 26th

1973: The Young and the Restless makes it’s TV soap premiere on CBS. The show has had over 11,000 episodes

2011: Reese Witherspoon marries Jim Toth in California. It is Witherspoon’s second marriage and she had one son from it.

Sunday, March 27th

1613: Nicholas Guy and wife have a child in Canada. It is the first English child to be born in Canada.

1971: Mariah Carey is born in New York City. Her first five singles all top charts including, “Visions of Love” and “Emotions.”

Monday, March 28th

1794: The Louvre opens to the public for viewing.

1996: Angelina Jolie marries Jonny Lee Miller. It is her second marriage, after Billy Bob Thorton.

Tuesday, March 29th

1929: Ginger Rogers marries her dancing partner, Jack Pepper. She remarried four other times.

2014: Same sex couples are free to marry in the UK. The Marriage Act of 2013 allows marriage for all same sex couples.

Wednesday, March 30th

1983: Run for your Wives premieres in London. A London cabbie with two wives must juggle his complex life with the help from neighbors to smooth things out with the wives.

2004: Jennifer Garner divorces Scott Foley. Both have remarried, although Garner is currently divorced from second husband Ben Affleck.

Thursday, March 31st

1999: Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger star in 10 Things I Hate About You. The movie is a modern reworking of The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.

2010: James Van Der Beek divorces Heather McComb. The pair was married for seven years before the split.


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