Interesting Facts this Week

Interesting Facts this Week 2nd March to 10th March

March is an eventful month in history and we made a selection of interesting facts to present you. Our interesting facts this week cover a varied range of subjects, from movies which made history to medicine, football, and even Dublin history. Most of the stories were covered by the Irish Newspapers and more information can be found in the archives.

2nd of March

One of the most loved musical films of all time, "The Sound of Music", starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer is released on this day in 1965. Lady Gaga sang the leading musical scores at the Oscar ceremony last week in a fitting tribute to the timeless musical.

The CD was released worldwide 32 years ago, back in 1983! Does anyone remember the good old cassettes? Does anybody still have cassettes and are you able to play them?

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 3rd of March

Today marks 150 years since the opening of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, the founding member of the HSBC Group.

Another one of our interesting facts is that 10 years ago, in 2005 Steve Fossett became the first person to fly an airplane around the world solo without any stops. It took him 67 hours and 2 minutes. More details in the Irish Independent

4th of March

The most popular American magazine, People Magazine, was published for the first time on this day in 1974. It’s been keeping us up to date with all celebrity news and interesting stories ever since!


Home to the world’s busiest airport, Chicago becomes incorporated as a city on this day in 1837. Chicago always loved the Irish as the Sunday Independent reports:

5th of March

Interesting Fact: The Stapler was patented in England on the 5th of March 1868 by C H Gould.

One of Rock’s Iconic songs, "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin was played live for the first time at Ulster Hall, Belfast by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones in 1971.

6th of March

Today it would have been the birthday of Michelangelo, 1475 – 1564

On this day, 113 years ago, Real Madrid C.F. was founded. The club went on to become the most successful European football franchise of the 20th century.

On this day in 1899, the Imperial Patent Office in Berlin registers Aspirin, the brand name for acetylsalicylic acid, on behalf of the German pharmaceutical company Friedrich Bayer & Co.

7th of March

And one more interesting fact from 2010, when Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first woman to win an Academy Award for best director, for her movie “The Hurt Locker”.

8th of March

The Volkswagen minibus, the icon of all things Hippie, was first produced on this day in 1950. 65 years later you can still see beautifully maintained  buses all around the world.


On this day in 1966, a bomb destroyed Nelson's Column in Dublin. With Nelson’s head disappearing a few days later, the events were well covered in Irish newspapers at the time:

And Happy International Women’s Day!

If you want to check what the Irish Newspapers were writing about on any of these dates through the years, access the archives and happy exploring!