From the discovery of a new Moai statue on Easter Island to the anniversary of Joseph Stalin's death, welcome to the world of history in March 2023.
It’s the end of March 2023 and we’ve handpicked a few of our favorite history stories from this month as well as several historic anniversaries.
We discuss the discovery of a Roman shrine in the Swiss Alps, the discovery of a new Moai statue on Easter Island, and how a Danish man with a metal detector discovered a pendant with the oldest-known reference to the god Odin.
We also discussed the death of Traute Lafrenz Page, the last surviving member of the anti-Nazi resistance group the White Rose. Lafrenz’s compatriots, siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl, were infamously executed by the Nazis in 1943 but Lafrenz managed to survive the war. She emigrated to the United States and largely stayed quiet about her wartime experience.
“I was a contemporary witness,” Page said in 2018, once she’d begun to discuss her experience with the resistance group. “Given the fates of the others, I am not allowed to complain.”
In addition to news stories covered on the site, we also discussed several historical anniversaries, including the death of Joseph Stalin on March 5, 1953, and the first time the Academy Awards were broadcast on television on March 19, 1953. During that ceremony — during which future president Ronald Reagan acted as an announcer — Best Picture went to The Greatest Show On Earth, Best Actor to Gary Cooper for High Noon, and Best Actress to Shirley Booth for Come Back, Little Sheba.
Finally, we touched on the birth of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 15, 1933.