From Girl Scouts to Andrea Yates March 12th is much more than the 71st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (72nd in leap years). Remember there are only 294 days remaining to but that perfect New Years outfit.

  1. 1881 - Andrew Watson made his Scotland debut as the world's first black international football player and captain.
  2. 1894 - Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time.
  3. 1912 - The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts of the USA) are founded in the U.S..
  4. 1928 - In California, the St. Francis Dam fails, killing 400 people.
  5. 1933 - Great Depression: Franklin Delano Roosevelt addresses the nation for the first time as President of the United States. This was also the first of his "Fireside Chats."
  6. 1951 - The Dennis the Menace comic strip appears in newspapers across the USA for the first time.
  7. 1956 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 500 for the first time (500.24)
  8. 1987 - Les Misérables opens on Broadway.
  9. 1993 - North Korea nuclear weapons program: North Korea says that it plans to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and refuses to allow inspectors access to nuclear sites.
  10. 1994 - A photo by Marmaduke Wetherell, previously touted as 'proof' of the Loch Ness monster, is confirmed to be a hoax.
  11. 1994 - The Church of England ordains its first female priests.
  12. 1999 - Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.
  13. 2002 - In Texas, Andrea Yates is found guilty of drowning her five children on June 20, 2001. She is later sentenced to life in prison. Her sentence would be overturned on appeal and she would end up being retried in 2006.