On This Day in History, Mar. 12, 2021

  • 1776 – A public notice appears in local papers recognizing the sacrifice of women to the cause of the revolution. The notice urged others to recognize women’s contributions to the war.
  • 1806 – Jane Means Pierce is born. She became the 15th First Lady of the United States.
  • 1871 – Katherine Fenton Nutter is born. She came west as a telegraph operator and became “Utah’s Cattle Queen.”
  • 1907 – Dorrit Hoffleit is born. She became a senior research astronomer at Yale University, known for her work in variable stars, astrometry, spectroscopy, meteors and mentoring.
  • 1912 – Juliette Gordon Low leads first Girl Scouts meeting in the United States.
  • 1933 – FDR broadcasts first ‘fireside chat’ during the Great Depression, 8 days after his inauguration.
  • 1947 – Mitt Romney is born.
  • 1964 – Malcolm X resigns from the Nation of Islam.
  • 1993 – Janet Reno is sworn in as the first woman US Attorney General, after unanimous confirmation by the US Senate.
  • 2003 – Elizabeth Smart is found.