March 13, 1781

Astronomer William Herschel discovers the planet Uranus, the first planet to be discovered by use of a telescope.

March 15, 1972

Francis Ford Coppola’s epic film The Godfather opens. The film wins Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (for Marlon Brando), and Best Screenplay (to Mario Puzo and Coppola).

March 16, 1850

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story of adultery and betrayal in colonial America, The Scarlet Letter, is published.


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