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This Day in Pop Culture for March 3


1932: Time is Published for the First Time

It was on this day in 1923 that the weekly news magazine, Time, published its first issue. It was the first of its kind and still the strongest. Today, it has the largest circulation of any weekly news magazine in the world. Total readership sits at 25 million with 20 million of them coming from the U.S. Initially, the magazine was to be called Facts emphasizing brief articles so that busy men could it the publication in an hour. It was changed to Time with the slogan, “Take Time – It’s Brief.” For decades, the cover featured a single person. The first was Joseph G. Cannon, the retired Speaker of the House of Representatives. The cover price was just .15 cents.

1931: Star Spangled Banner Becomes National Anthem

Though written on September 14, 1814 by Francis Scott Key, the “Star-Spangled Banner” didn’t become the official national anthem until this day in 1931 when President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional act. It is said that Key wrote the lyrics after actually witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the 1812 war. He was in awe that the fort’s flag still stood after a 1,800 bomb assault. The lyrics were set to the tune of “To Anacreon in Heaven,” a popular English song.


  • 1911: Jean Harlow (actress)
  • 1940: Perry Ellis (fashion designer)
  • 1970: Julie Bowen (actress)
  • 1982: Jessica Biel (actress)
  • 1986: Stacie Orrico (singer)

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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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