March 1, 1781: U.S. Articles of Confederation took effect.

March 1, 1803: Ohio became the 17th state to join the Union.

March 1, 1867: Nebraska became the 37th state to join the Union.

March 1, 1961: President Kennedy signed order creating U.S. Peace Corps.

March 1, 1974: Seven former aides to President Richard Nixon were indicted in Watergate scandal.

March 2, 1836: Texas declared independence from Mexico.

March 2, 1945: U.S. forces defeated Japanese at Corregidor in World War II.

March 3, 1845: Florida became the 27th state to join the Union.

March 3, 1847: First U.S. postage stamps were authorized.

March 3, 1931: “The Star-Spangled Banner” was made the U.S. national anthem.

March 4, 1789: First U.S. Congress met in New York City.

March 4, 1791: Vermont became the 14th state to join the Union.

March 5, 1770: British soldiers fired on American protesters in Boston, killing five; event became known as the Boston Massacre.

March 5, 1953: Soviet leader Josef Stalin died in Moscow.

March 7, 1849: Botanist Luther Burbank was born in Lancaster, Mass.

March 7, 1876: Alexander Graham Bell patented first telephone.

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