This Week in History

Maybe you'll learn something today.

Maybe you’ll learn something today.

BY MAX ROBSON

I’ve always had a strange obsession with history and famous dates. Also, being as educated in random facts as I am, it is my responsibility to freely share some of my scholarship with the public. I’ve chosen a few random events that stood out and now you’re forced to read them.

Photo Credit: The Columbus Dispatch

March 18, 2002 – “What the Puck?”

While attending a Columbus Blue Jackets game, 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil was hit by a hockey puck 11 years ago, this week. Suffering from extreme swelling of the brain, Brittanie died and forced the NHL to take action by installing the 18-foot nets that we see today

March 19, 2003 – “This Means War”

Ten years ago, President George W. Bush addressed the media with this statement: “At this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.” Eventually, Iraq’s dictator, Saddam Hussein was found, tried and hanged while no weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq.

March 21, 1963 – “The Rock”

Also known as, “America’s Devil Island,” Alcatraz official locked it’s doors 50 years ago. Alcatraz was known for it’s harsh conditions and even harsher criminals. Inmates such as Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly were a few of The Rock’s celebrity lineup.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit and take the tour… make sure to check out the video above.

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