On March 18, Britain was forced to repeal an act that angered Americans. Here are the events and famous birthdays from this day in history.
1766: Stamp Act Repealed
After less than a year since Parliament approved it, the Stamp Act was repealed. It had only been in action for four months, but had received country-wide criticism. The act meant that everyone had to buy a British stamp, which would have the Tudor rose on it, for all official documents obtained. The money would raise revenues for the British army in the colonies. Benjamin Franklin appealed to the British Government to repeal the act after months of protests. That same day, the Government passed the Declaratory Act, another controversial bill.
1911: Biggest Pop Song of the Time Copyrighted
On this day in history, the biggest pop song of the 20th century was copyrighted. Irving Berlin gained the rights to “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” which had helped America gained economical and culture gains around the world. One thing that helped make this song extraordinary was that amateur piano players would be able to master it quickly, because it was a simplistic tune. Berlin would go on to create some of America’s biggest tunes still used today, including “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.”
1913: Assassination of King George I of Greece
At the time of Queen Victoria’s death, King George I of Greece was the second longest-reigning monarch in Europe. On this day in history, he was killed by an assassin, Alexandros Schinas, because he had refused to give the man money (according to the assassin). Schinas was sent to prison and tortured while there. He fell to his death after six weeks in prison. The king died instantly, the bullet from the gun used has hit his heart.
1937: Texan Schoolchildren Killed in Natural Gas Explosion
Almost 300 children were killed in history today after a natural gas explosion in their school, the Consolidated School of New London, Texas. It was located in the middle of a natural gas field, with 11 of the oil derricks within the school grounds. The school officials had been encouraged to use the wet-gas lines, which were known to be less stable. People 40 miles from the school felt the blast, which happened 10 minutes before the final bell of the school day. Nobody ever found the exact reason for the explosion, and static electricity has often been blamed. It did lead to the burning of wet gas after this.
Famous Birthdays on March 18
Duke John Holland of Exeter–1395
Mary Tudor, Queen of France — 1496
Massachusetts Bay colonist, Simon Bradstreet–1603
King Frederick III of Norway and Denmark–1609
Vice President of the United States, John C. Calhoun–1782
U.S. President Stephen Grover Cleveland—1837
French poet Stephane Mallarme—1842
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlin—1869
WWI poet Wilfred Owen—1893
President of the Republic of South America Frederik W. deKlerk—1936
Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine—1979
One Tree Hill actress Danneel Ackles—1979
Dance Mums star Tayluer Amos—2001
Birthdays from FamousBirthdays.com, OnThisDay.com and HistoryNet.com
Featured image from Deposit Photos
Image of George I of Greece in the public domain: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_I_of_Greece#/media/File:King_George_of_Hellenes.jpg
Mary Tudor, Queen of France: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Tudor,_Queen_of_France#/media/File:1496_Mary_Tudor.jpg
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