On this day in 1692, three women were charged with witchcraft in Salem. Over the next few months, 150 others, mostly women, were accused of participating in satanic practices. 19 people were eventually put to death, by hanging, or being crushed to death.
In 1932, one of the nation's most infamous kidnappings occurred when the toddler son of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh was taken from his family home in New Jersey. A German immigrant and carpenter, Bruno Hauptmann, was charged with the murder and was executed by electrocution in 1935.
On a much nicer note, in 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps.
Here are six tips for the day –
1. March is National Nutrition Month. Why not learn more at a presentation sponsored tonight at the Westborough Public Library?
2. Young children are invited to celebrate the birthday of beloved author Dr. Seuss at the Northborough Public Library on Friday. http://communityadvocate.com/2012/02/24/northborough-dr-seuss-lunchtime-stories-at-free-library/
3. If you have ever wanted to get involved in volunteering in your community, there are groups for just about every possible interest. Start with your town's website for a good place to find more information. For example, here's the city of Marlborough's
4. Working with athletes who are also Special Olympians can be very rewarding. Why not consider volunteering with them? Here's an article about the group in Shrewsbury –
5. March Madness isn's just college basketball – it's also local. Check out the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Tournament (MIAA) brackets to follow the region's high school teams as they compete in the state district tournament.
6. Did you know there are a lot of fabulous local musicians in the area? The Assabet Valley Mastersingers are located in Northborough but have residents from other area towns. Recently the group was awarded a grant from the Westborough Cultural Council. Check out their website here – http://www.avmsingers.org/