This Day in History: March 7th


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A picture showing the Remagen Bridge following its capture by U.S. Army forces of the First Army under the command of General Courtney Hodges

Tuesday, March 7, 1876: Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone.

Thursday, March 7, 1912: Roald Amundsen’s discovery of the South Pole is announced.

Saturday, March 7, 1945: The first group of African-American airmen from the flying school at Tuskegee graduate. In total nine hundred ninety two African-American men graduated from the school, flying more than fifteen hundred combat missions in World War II.

Wednesday, March 7, 1945: The Battle of Remagen begins in western Germany. The small town, which was about the size of Alamo, was soon inundated with soldiers from the American First Army under the command of General Courtney Hodges and the Wehrmacht (German Army) Seventh Army under the command of General Eric Brandenberger. Eighteen days later the U.S. Army crossed the Remagen Bridge over the Rhine into what was considered “Sacred Germany”.

Monday, March 7, 1994: A referendum introduced in Moldova that asked voters if the nation should unionize Romania is rejected by 98% of the populace.