March 8, 1669:Mount Etna (at right, erupting in Jan. 2011) erupts, threatening the Sicilian town of Catania. The Catanians furiously dig a channel to divert the lava from their homes and toward the neighboring village of Paterno, prompting a battle between residents of the two towns.
During the winter of 2013 two separate snow and ice storms shut down metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, for several days disrupting the lives of more than 5 million people.
Hundreds were stranded overnight in cars. One woman reportedly even gave birth in her vehicle, while stuck in gridlocked freeway traffic. Others abandoned their vehicles to walk many miles through freezing temperatures. Thousands more were left without power.
March 4, 1519:Hernando Cortez and 509 soldiers arrive at Veracruz to begin their brutal conquest of the Aztec people. His arrival coincides with an Aztec prophecy that Quetzalcoatl, a major god in Aztec culture, would return.