Follow along with the biggest moments in March history in this visual journey of photos from the Shutterstock Editorial archive.
Photography has given us a rich visual archive of the most important events in history — everything from tragedies to the pinnacles of human achievement. Photos can bring us back to a tragic event that broke our collective hearts, a cultural moment that we rejoiced over, or a scientific breakthrough that made us see the world differently. Each month we’ll share photographs from the Shutterstock Editorial archive that show a significant historical or cultural event for each day of that month.
This month, we take a visual journey through March.
1998: Titanic becomes the first film to gross $1 billion.
1933: King Kong premieres.
1991: Footage of Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney King sparks global outcry over police violence.
1933: Franklin Delano Roosevelt is inaugurated as the 32nd president of the United States.
1946: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill delivers his Iron Curtain speech.
1987: 193 people die when The Herald of Free Enterprise ferry capsizes after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.
1965: Civil rights marchers are violently attacked by police in Selma, Alabama in what became known as “Bloody Sunday.”
1996: Fargo by the Coen Brothers is released.
1997: The Notorious B.I.G. is assassinated in Los Angeles.
1997: Buffy the Vampire Slayer debuts on the WB.
2004: 191 people are killed in a terrorist attack on commuter trains in Spain.
2012: The Hunger Games starring Jennifer Lawrence premieres.
2013: Pope Francis succeeds Pope Benedict to become the head of the Catholic Church.
1973: Future Senator John McCain released after spending 5 years as a POW in North Vietnam.
1990: General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev elected President of the Soviet Union.
1968: My Lai Massacre takes place in South Vietnam when United States troops kill hundreds of civilians.
1959: The Dalai Lama flees for India after a Tibetan revolt against the Chinese.
2005: The Suite Life of Zack & Cody debuts on the Disney Channel.
2003: United States President George W. Bush announces the launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
1995: Twelve people die in a nerve gas attack in the Tokyo subway by the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult.
2006: Twitter launches with the first Tweet sent by @Jack.
1963: The Beatles release their first album Please Please Me.
1994: Wayne Gretzky scores his 802nd career goal, breaking the all time record by Gordie Howe.
1989: The Exxon Valdez runs aground in Prince William Sound, spilling over 11 million gallons of oil, resulting in one of the greatest environmental disasters in United States history.
1911: 145 workers die during a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist company in New York City, leading to better safety laws for factory workers.
1997: 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult die in a mass suicide in San Diego, California.
1977: 538 people die when two 747 aircraft collide on the runway in Tenerife, Spain.
1963: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds is released.
1959: Some Like It Hot starring Marilyn Monroe is released.
1981: US President Ronald Reagan is wounded in a shooting outside the Washington Hilton Hotel by John Hinckley Jr.
1999: The Matrix is released.