19 Historical Instances Of Real March Madness

March is nicknamed for an annual college basketball frenzy, but guess what: buzzer-beaters aren’t the only crazy ish that goes down in the third month of the year.

1. March 1, 1260: Hulagu Khan (grandson of Genghis) and his Mongol army conquer Aleppo and Damascus using typical Mongol punishments, like rolling people up in rugs and having horses stampede over them.

2. March 1, 1692: Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne and Tituba are the first three women arrested for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts.

3. March 3, 1913: Onlookers attack a women’s suffrage parade in Washington D.C. as police remain indifferent.

4. March 5, 1770: British Army soldiers kill five civilian men and injure six others in the Boston Massacre.

5. March 5, 1982: John Belushi is cruelly taken from us forever.

6. March 9, 1074: Pope Gregory VII excommunicates all married priests.

7. March 11, 1969: Levi’s adds bell bottoms to their famous jeans collection.

8. March 15, 44 B.C. Julius Caesar is assassinated.

9. March 15, 1971: CBS cancels the “Ed Sullivan Show” after 23 years.

10. March 15, 1848: The San Francisco “Californian” publishes an article confirming the presence of gold in the American River, sparking the beginning of the California Gold Rush.

11. March 15, 1965: the first ever T.G.I. Friday’s opens.

12. March 18, 1992: Microsoft ships Windows 3.1.

13. March 21, 1980: J.R. Ewing gets shot on the TV show “Dallas.”

14. March 23, 1933: Adolf Hitler becomes dictator of Germany.

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15. March 24, 1989: The Exxon-Valdez oil spill, the largest in U.S. history, happens in Alaska.

16. March 28, 845: Vikings sack Paris.

17. March 28, 1979: The partial nuclear meltdown on Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania is the worst accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history

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18. March 29, 1848: An ice jam stops nearly the entire flow of water over Niagara Falls.

The Falls’ flow was halted for 30-40 hours, to the point where people could walk the dry riverbed. Some found muskets, arrowheads and tomahawks from the War of 1812.

19. March 30, 1867: Russia sells Alaska to the United States for $7.2 million.

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