March 1, 1872: U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant establishes Yellowstone as America's first national park.
March 1, 1954: The U.S. detonates a hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The weapon is estimated to be 1,000 times as powerful as the Hiroshima bomb. A Japanese fishing boat, the Lucky Dragon is 80 miles away at the time of the blast. Its 23 crewmembers were all stricken with radiation sickness.
March 1, 1997: "Guns, Germs and Steel" is published. Jared Diamond’s book traces human history through its development of natural resources. The book sells millions of copies and wins the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction.
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