Guest Author - Vance Rowe
This has been a busy week in history from March 7 to March 13 through the years. Let’s have a look at them.
On March 7, 321 Roman Emperor Constantine declared sun-day, dies Solis Invictus, is the day of rest for the Roman empire.
On March 7, 1933 the icon of all board games is born in Monopoly. In 1935, the world’s most famous board game was mass produced by Parker Brothers in 1935. The game was first thought to be invented by a man named Charles Darrow but that is not exactly true. I was originally invented in 1904 and was called the Landlord’s Game. It was originally invented by a woman named Elizabeth Maggie, pronounced McGee, and was used primarily to teach economist Henry George’s single tax theory. The rules and board spots changed many times over the years.
March 8, 1971, Joe Frazier defeats Muhammad Ali in fifteen rounds to retain the world championship.
After only a four year run, television’s The A-Team aired its last show on March 8, 1987. It was a television show that answered the call for less violence on television. No one was ever killed as a part of the storyline. There were explosions and guns but no one was ever killed.
March 9, 1959 Barbie is introduced to the world at he World’s Toy Fair in New York City. At eleven inches tall and cascading blonde hair, Barbie was the first doll that was mass produced with adult features. She first started out as a doll named Lilli that was sold as a gag gift to men in cigar shops. The rights to Lilli were bought my Mattel co-founder Ruth Handler and re-named her after her daughter Barbara.
March 9, 1996 saw the death of comedian George Burns at the age of 100.
March 9, 1997, saw the murder of rap music icon Notorious B.I.G. in Los Angeles when he left the Soul Train Music Awards party. According to a detective in the LAPD, Russell Poole, the murder was committed by bad cops in the LAPD and that they were on the payroll of Death Row Records. The policemen in question eventually went to jail but on charges that were unrelated to the MC’s murder.
On March 10, 1969 James Earl Ray pleads guilty in the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Also on March 10, Tim Curry is the “sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania” as the Rocky Horror Picture Show opens in the Belasco Theater in NYC in 1975 for forty-five performances.
March 11, 1967 Pink Floyd releases their first song in Arnold Layne
March 11, 1974, the Rhino store pays people a nickel to take home a record album recorded by Danny Bonaduce of Partridge Family fame.
March 12, 1912 the Helen Hayes Theater opens in New York City
March 12, 1990 The LA Raiders announced that they were moving back to Oakland. It was also the first decade that the Raiders didn’t appear in a Super Bowl.
March 13, 1969 Apollo 9 returns to earth after a ten day mission. It was also the first manned flight of the Command Service Module.
March 13, 1987 Reputed mob boss John Gotti becomes known as the “Teflon Don” as he is acquitted of racketeering charges.
As you can see it was a very busy week for this past week in history. Please look up any of these events that seem of interest to you. Monopoly and Barbie have storied histories and will be worth looking up especially.