March is Women's History Month, so this week, we honor some of the female composers who have contributed to classical music. As in many fields, it has often been difficult for women to develop their talents to the fullest.
On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers were killed in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one of the deadliest industrial accidents in US history. The tragedy led to major reforms of labor law in New York City and New York State.
On March 6, 1869, Dmitri Mendeleev made a presentation to the Russian Chemical Society in which he presented the first version of his periodic table of the elements.
On March 2, 1931, Tom Wolfe was born. Wolfe is a journalist and novelist whose magazine articles in the 1960s and 1970s helped to change our ideas of how journalism should be written.
On February 26, 1932, Johnny Cash was born. For almost fifty years, Cash was a major figure in American popular music. He was best known as a country singer, but also frequently recorded gospel music, and had several early rockabilly hits.
On February 23, 1685, George Frideric Handel was born. Handel was one of the great composers of the Baroque era, particularly noted for his operas and oratorios. His oratorio Messiah has become a standard part of the Christmas season, with annual performances in many large cities.
On February 23, 1868, W. E. B. Du Bois was born. Du Bois was a sociologist and historian, and an important leader of the early African-American civil rights movement.