These “March Dates of Note” come courtesy of the Daughters of the American Revolution:
March 22 – Parliament passes the Stamp Act, which is immediately denounced in the colonies as a revenue measure benefiting England at the expense of the colonists. The measure is repealed after London merchants complain of losing markets in the New World (1765).
March 23 – Patrick Henry calls on the Virginia Provincial Congress meeting at St. John’s Church in Richmond to put the colony on military alert against the British. When there is opposition from Loyalists, he replies: “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” (1775)
March 24 – The Quartering Act is issued to the 13 colonies. Colonists must now provide for board and upkeep of British soldiers, supplying them with “candles, firing, bedding, cooking utensils, salt and vinegar and five pints of small beer or cider, or a gill of rum per man, per diem.” (1765)
March 26 – Congress passes the Naturalization Act, requiring new immigrants to complete a two-year residence before they can become citizens. (1790) March 29 – The last American combat troops leave South Vietnam. (1973)