Shannon Zeltmann took the time to browse through historical events that occurred in the month of March. Here are some of the most interesting tidbits she discovered:

March 1, 1781– The Articles of the Confederation, the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution, is ratified on this day.

March 4, 1681– The king of England, King Charles II, gives William Penn a large amount of land in the New World. This area becomes known as Pennsylvania, after Penn.

March 4, 1933– Franklin D. Roosevelt gives his inaugural address, for the first of the four times he becomes President. He famously says, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” to try to restore public morale during the Great Depression.

March 5, 1770- The Boston Massacre occurs when British soldiers fire on colonists. Five people are killed and six injured.

March 9, 1864- Ulysses S. Grant becomes the commander of the Union Army.

March 12, 1994– The Church of England ordains the first thirty-two women as priests. Thousands of people leave the Church of England for the Catholic Church.

March 15, 44 BCE– Julius Caesar is assassinated by 22 senators and his best friend, Brutus. This is where the famous phrases, “Et tu, Brute” (“and you, Brutus?”) and “Beware the Ides of March” come from. Afterwards, the Roman state goes into a period of civil wars.