This Month In History: March

March 20, 2020

If your birthday is in March, you’re in good company. Check out two brilliant folks who also have March birthdays, as well as a few other things that make March rather interesting:

The Eiffel Tower

A “factory chimney” was born in 1889 – Well, maybe that’s not how we would describe the Eiffel Tower, but that’s how artists described the tower in a proposal to build a large monument to celebrate the centennial year of the French Revolution. The Exposition Universelle, an international event in Paris, was the perfect event to showcase the tower and France’s architectural capabilities. The tower took less than two and a half years to complete, a technical marvel for a structure of the tower’s size and complexity. The Eiffel Tower stands 984 feet tall and is visited by 300 million people every year.

Interesting Fact: The Eiffel Tower was meant to be destroyed after the Exposition Universelle. The tower’s role as a radiotelegraph station saved it from being taken down!

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (The Notorious R.B.G.)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in 1933 – Ginsburg is not only the first female to become a tenured professor at Columbia University, she is also the second female to be appointed justice of the US Supreme Court. One of her landmark cases was to support gender equality in a case where benefits were given to women but not men. Generally known as an advocate for women’s rights, Ginsburg continues to fight for gender equality.

Interesting Fact: Ginsburg does twenty pushups a day. And planks too!

US Five-Dollar Bill

The current five-dollar bill was born in 2008 – Sure, you probably don’t think much of a five-dollar bill, but the one with Abraham Lincoln on one side and the Lincoln Memorial on the other was reborn in 2008 with a new design that was meant, above all, to be more secure. How, you ask? The watermarks on the bills make it more difficult for counterfeiters to reproduce. Watermarks are symbols like the large number “5” next to Lincoln’s portrait that are difficult to duplicate. Other security features, like a vertical security thread with the letters “USA,” are meant to make the bill more secure.

Interesting Fact: A five-dollar bill lasts approximately five years before being replaced because of damage.


The Atlas, Statue by Michelangelo

Michelangelo was born in 1475 – The Italian artist was born in Caprese, Italy, and was eventually known as one of the world’s most significant contributors to the world of art. He was part of the Italian Renaissance, or the “enlightened age” of art and architecture in Italy. Some of his outstanding contributions? The painting of the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, Rome, and the sculptures of David, Pietà, and The Atlas.

Interesting Fact: Michelangelo fired all of his assistants and finished the sixty-five-foot ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by himself in four years.