In Alaska and in the Nation
In 1913, Sen. Henry Roden of Iditarod introduced a bill requiring a maximum eight-hour day on all work for the territory of Alaska.
In 1959, U.S. Interior Secretary Fred Seaton closed Bristol Bay to commercial fishing to provide for adequate escapement.
In the nation
In 1925, a law went into effect in Tennessee prohibiting the teaching of the theory of evolution.
In 1928, hundreds of people died when the San Francisquito Valley in California was inundated with water after the St. Francis Dam burst just before midnight the evening of March 12.
In 1933, banks began to reopen after a "holiday" declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
In 1964, bar manager Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, 28, was stabbed to death near her New York home; the case generated controversy over charges that Genovese's neighbors had failed to respond to her cries for help.
In 1980, Ford Motor Co. Chairman Henry Ford II announced he was stepping down, the same day a jury in Winamac, Ind., found the company innocent of reckless homicide in the fiery deaths of three young women in a Ford Pinto.
In 1988, yielding to student protests, the board of trustees of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., a liberal arts college for the hearing-impaired, chose I. King Jordan to become the school's first deaf president.
In 1998, Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney, once the Army's top enlisted man, was acquitted at his court-martial of pressuring military women for sex but was convicted of trying to persuade his chief accuser to lie. U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, D-Mass., announced he would not seek a seventh term.
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