This Day in History: March 16th

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Barnum & Bailey team up for the “Greatest Show on Earth”, and the first military school in the United States is founded. All this, and a “Scarlet Letter”, can be seen in this edition of, “This Day in History”.


On this day in 1751, the “Father of the Constitution” James Madison, was born in Virginia. Madison would go on to draft the Constitution, write the Federalist Papers, and become the 4th President of the United States.

On this day in 1802, the first military school in the United States, the United States Military Academy, was founded by Congress at West Point, New York.

On this day in 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Scarlet Letter” if first published. The Novel tells the story of Hester Prynne, and follows a tale adultery and betrayal in colonial America.

(AP Photo)
(AP Photo)

On this day in 1881, the Barnum & Bailey Circus debuts as P.T. Barnum joined forces with James A. Bailey.

On this day 1956, Ozzie Newsome, who played for the Alabama Crimson Tide, was born in Muscle Shoals. Newsome has gone on to have a very successful career in the NFL, where he is now the General Manager of the Baltimore Ravens.

On this day in 1945, the U.S. military secured Iwo Jima after months of intense warfare with its Japanese defenders. Less than a month before, on February 23, a handful of Marines famously raised an American flag at its Iwo Jima’s peak, using a pipe as a flag post.

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