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This Month in Business History


Harris & Ewing, photographer. Frances Perkins.1865. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Frances Perkins: First Female Cabinet Member

Frances Perkins became the 1st woman appointed to a presidential Cabinet when she was sworn in as Secretary of Labor on March 4, 1933.

Production on the Sholes and Glidden Type-Writer Began

Production began on the Sholes and Glidden Type-Writer on March 1, 1873. This guide highlights the first commercially made typewriter and discusses how the later Remington Typewriter revolutionized office operations.

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disaster occurred on March 25, 1911. This guide tells the story and highlights its impact on worker safety and labor history.

National Recovery Administration (NRA) and the New Deal

The "New Deal" is a collection of legislation in various areas passed at various times and collectively called the "New Deal." One of the key pieces of New Deal legislation was the Economy Act passed on March 15, 1933.

Debut of the Standard & Poors 500 Index

In March 1957 Standard & Poors debuted a new way for investors and stock market watchers to get a sense of the market when they introduced the S&P 500 Index.

Founding of the Department of Labor

On March 4, 1913 President William Howard Taft signed into law the bill that created the Department of Labor as a cabinet level agency.

1933 Bank Holiday

On March 6, 1933 President Franklin Roosevelt issued Proclamation 2039 which suspended all banking activity.

Cesar Chavez: Labor Leader Born

Born on March 31, 1927 to a Mexican American family in Yuma, AZ, Cesar Chavez devoted his life to the fight to improve the lives of farm workers.