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.


March 1

1998: Titanic becomes the first film to gross $1 billion.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Titanic
Photo by Moviestore/Shutterstock.

March 2

1933: King Kong premieres.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — King Kong
Photo by Moviestore/Shutterstock.

March 3

1991: Footage of Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney King sparks global outcry over police violence.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Rodney King
Photo by Kevork Djansezian/AP/Shutterstock.

March 4

1933: Franklin Delano Roosevelt is inaugurated as the 32nd president of the United States.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Photo by AP/Shutterstock.

March 5

1946: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill delivers his Iron Curtain speech.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech
Photo by AP/Shutterstock.

March 6

1987: 193 people die when The Herald of Free Enterprise ferry capsizes after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — The Herald of Free Enterprise
Photo by Heinz Ducklau/AP/Shutterstock.

March 7

1965: Civil rights marchers are violently attacked by police in Selma, Alabama in what became known as “Bloody Sunday.”

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Bloody Sunday
Photo by Uncredited/AP/Shutterstock.

March 8

1996: Fargo by the Coen Brothers is released.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Fargo
Photo by Michael Tackett/Working Title/Polygram/Kobal/Shutterstock.

March 9

1997: The Notorious B.I.G. is assassinated in Los Angeles.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — The Death of the Notorious B.I.G.
Photo by Erik Pendzich/Shutterstock.

March 10

1997: Buffy the Vampire Slayer debuts on the WB.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Photo by Moviestore/Shutterstock.

March 11

2004: 191 people are killed in a terrorist attack on commuter trains in Spain.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Train Attacks in Spain
Photo by Paul White/AP/Shutterstock.

March 12

2012: The Hunger Games starring Jennifer Lawrence premieres.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — The Hunger Games
Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Shutterstock.

March 13

2013: Pope Francis succeeds Pope Benedict to become the head of the Catholic Church.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Pope Francis
Photo by Agf/Shutterstock.

March 14

1973: Future Senator John McCain released after spending 5 years as a POW in North Vietnam.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Release of John McCain
Photo by Horst Faas/AP/Shutterstock.

March 15

1990: General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev elected President of the Soviet Union.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Mikhail Gorbachev
Photo by Anonymous/AP/Shutterstock.

March 16

1968: My Lai Massacre takes place in South Vietnam when United States troops kill hundreds of civilians.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — My Lai Massacre
Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG/Shutterstock.

March 17

1959: The Dalai Lama flees for India after a Tibetan revolt against the Chinese.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — The Dalai Lama's Flight
Photo by Uncredited/AP/Shutterstock

March 18

2005: The Suite Life of Zack & Cody debuts on the Disney Channel.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Photo by It’S A Laugh Productions/Walt Disney Tv/Kobal/Shutterstock.

March 19

2003: United States President George W. Bush announces the launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Operation Iraqi Freedom
Photo by Terry L Blevins/Shutterstock.

March 20

1995: Twelve people die in a nerve gas attack in the Tokyo subway by the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Tokyo Subway Attacks
Photo by Chiaki Tsukumo/AP/Shutterstock.

March 21

2006: Twitter launches with the first Tweet sent by @Jack.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Twitter Launch
Photo by Mark Lennihan/AP/Shutterstock.

March 22

1963: The Beatles release their first album Please Please Me.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Please Please Me
Photo by Sharok Hatami/Shutterstock.

March 23

1994: Wayne Gretzky scores his 802nd career goal, breaking the all time record by Gordie Howe.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Wayne Gretzky
Photo by Eric Draper/AP/Shutterstock.

March 24

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.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — The Exxon Valdez
Photo by Rob Stapleton/AP/Shutterstock.

March 25

1911: 145 workers die during a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist company in New York City, leading to better safety laws for factory workers.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Triangle Shirtwaist Company
Photo by Uncredited/AP/Shutterstock.

March 26

1997: 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult die in a mass suicide in San Diego, California.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Heaven's Gate Mass Suicide
Photo by AP/Shutterstock.

March 27

1977: 538 people die when two 747 aircraft collide on the runway in Tenerife, Spain.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Tenerife Crash
Photo by AP/Shutterstock.

March 28

1963: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds is released.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — The Birds
Photo by Universal/Kobal/Shutterstock.

March 29

1959: Some Like It Hot starring Marilyn Monroe is released.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Some Like it Hot
Photo by United Artists/Kobal/Shutterstock.

March 30

1981: US President Ronald Reagan is wounded in a shooting outside the Washington Hilton Hotel by John Hinckley Jr.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — Ronald Reagan Assassination Attempt
Photo by Ron Edmonds/AP/Shutterstock.

March 31

1999: The Matrix is released.

On This Day in March: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments — The Matrix
Photo by Jasin Boland/Warner Bros/Village Roadshow/Kobal/Shutterstock.