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.

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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.

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

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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.