What happened today?
The U.S. Congress authorized the first census.
Rebecca Lee was the first black woman awarded a medical degree.
IRA member Bobby Sands began a hunger strike in Maze Prison; he would die 65 days later.
Read more: This Day in History: March 1 — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/dayinhistory#ixzz1nsBT6LsX