Historical Events on 15th March

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44 BC - Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, is stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March.
221 - Liu Bei, a Chinese warlord and member of the Han royal house, declares himself emperor of Shu-Han and claims his legitimate succession to the Han Dynasty.
351 - Constantius II elevates his cousin Gallus to Caesar, and puts him in charge of the Eastern part of the Roman Empire.
493 - Theodorik the Great beats Odoaker of Italy
933 - Battle at Riade: German King Henry I beats Magyaren
1311 - Battle of Halmyros: The Catalan Company defeats Walter V of Brienne to take control of the Duchy of Athens, a Crusader state in Greece.
1360 - French attack English south coast, raiding Winchelsea
1382 - Conservative "Popolo Grasso" regain power in Florence Italy
1391 - Jew-hating Monk in Seville Spain stirs up people to attack Jews
1493 - Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his 1st New World voyage
1545 - First meeting of the Council of Trent.
Explorer of the New World Christopher ColumbusExplorer of the New World Christopher Columbus 1560 - Failed assault on royal palace in Amboise, France
1562 - General Francois de Guise enters Paris
1580 - Spanish king Philip II puts 25,000 gold coins on head of prince Willem of Orange
1672 - King Charles II enacts Declaration of Indulgence
1729 - Sister St Stanislas Hachard, 1st American nun, takes her vows, N Orleans
1744 - French King Louis XV declares war on Britain
1778 - Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island discovered by Captain Cook
1781 - Battle of Guilford Court House, SC (British suffer heavy losses)
1783 - In an emotional speech in Newburgh, New York, George Washington asks his officers not to support the Newburgh Conspiracy. The plea is successful and the threatened coup d'etat never takes place.
1812 - 1st Russian settlement in California, Russian River
1820 - Maine admitted as 23rd state of the Union
First US President George WashingtonFirst US President George Washington 1827 - Freedom's Journal, 1st Black newspaper, publishes
1827 - University of Toronto is chartered
1848 - A revolution breaks out in Hungary. The Habsburg rulers are compelled to meet the demands of the Reform party.
1855 - Louisiana establishes 1st health board to regulate quarantine
1862 - Gen John Hunt Morgan begins 4 days of raids near Gallatin, TN
1864 - Red River Campaign-Union forces reach Alexandria, LA
1867 - Michigan becomes 1st state to tax property to support a university
1869 - Cincinnati Red Stockings become the 1st pro baseball team
1869 - Cincinnati Red Stockings beat Antioch 41-7
1875 - 1st US cardinal (John McCloskey) invested
1877 - Commencement of 1st Test Cricket, Australia v England at MCG
1885 - 1st performance of Caesar Franck's "Lesson Djinns"
1887 - 1st salaried fish & game warden (William Alden Smith in Michigan)
1889 - 6 US & German warships perish in harbor of Apia Samoa, 200 die
1892 - 1st escalator patented by inventor Jesse W Reno (NYC)
1892 - NY State unveils automatic ballot booth (voting machine)
1897 - 1st indoor fly casting tournament opens, at Madison Square Garden
1901 - Horse racing is banned in San Francisco, last race Mar 16th
1903 - After years of fighting between the British and the rebellious Africans, the British claim supremacy over 500,000 square miles, thus controlling all northern Nigeria
1906 - Britons Rolls, Royce & Johnson form Rolls Royce Ltd
1907 - Finland is 1st European country to give women the right to vote
1908 - 1st performance of Maurice Ravel's "Rapsodie Espagnole"
MLB Pitcher Cy YoungMLB Pitcher Cy Young 1912 - Pitcher Cy Young retires from baseball with 511 wins
1913 - 1st US presidential press conference (Woodrow Wilson)
1913 - Cleveland establishes 1st small claims court
1916 - Dutch merchant ship Tubantia torpedoed by German submarine & sinks in North Sea
1916 - Gen Pershing and 15,000 troops chase Villa into Mexico; they stay 10 for 10 months
1916 - University of Gent goes under Dutch control
1917 - [OS Mar 2] Nicholas II, the last Russian Tsar abdicates & nominates his brother Grand Duke Michael to succeed him
1919 - American Legion forms (Paris)
1922 - 1st southern radio station begins (WSB, Atlanta Georgia)
1922 - France, which up until now has insisted on currency for all WWI reparation payments from Germany, now accepts raw materials as payment
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir LeninMarxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin 1923 - Lenin is hit with his 3rd stroke
1926 - Belgium's "black monday", franc falls
1928 - Benito Mussolini modifies Italy electoral system (abolishes right to choose)
1930 - 1st seaplane glider flown, Port Washington, NY
1930 - 1st streamlined submarine of US navy, USS Nautilus, launched
1933 - NAACP begins coordinated attack on segregation & discrimination
1934 - US Information Service opens
1935 - George Headley completes 270 in cricket v England at Kingston
1937 - 1st blood bank forms (Chicago IL)
1937 - 1st state contraceptive clinic opens (Raleigh NC)
1939 - Hitler occupies Bohemia & Moravia (Czechoslovakia); Slovakia independent
1940 - Hermann Goering says 100-200 church bells enough for Germany, smelt the rest
1941 - Blizzard in ND kills 151
Nazi Politician Hermann GoeringNazi Politician Hermann Goering 1943 - Allied reconnaissance flight over Java
1943 - Red Army evacuates Kharkov
1944 - Italian town of Cassino destroyed by Allied bombing
1945 - 17th Academy Awards - "Going My Way", Bing Crosby & Ingrid Bergman win
1945 - Bert Shepard (1 legged WW II vet) tries out as a pitcher for Senators
1945 - Billboard publishes its 1st album chart (King Cole Trio is #1)
1945 - Catholic University of Nijmegen reopens
1945 - Dodgers open spring training at Bear Mountain NY
1946 - British Prime Minister Clement Attlee agrees with India's right to independence
1947 - John Lee appointed 1st black commissioned officer in US Navy
1948 - Bradman scores 115 for the Australian cricket team v Western Australia
1948 - Sir Laurence Olivier on the cover of LIFE magazine
1948 - WCAU TV channel 10 in Philadelphia, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
Cricket Legend Donald BradmanCricket Legend Donald Bradman 1949 - WICU TV channel 12 in Erie, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
1949 - WLWD (now WDTN) TV channel 2 in Dayton, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
1950 - Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Consul" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 269 performances
1950 - NYC hires Dr Wallace E Howell as its official "rainmaker"
1951 - Persia nationalizes Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
1952 - "2 in the Aisle" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 276 perfs
1952 - Greatest 24-hr rainfall begins: 187 cm at La Reunion, Indian Ocean
1953 - Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1953 - West Germany loses in soccer to Netherlands, 2-1
1954 - "CBS Morning Show" premieres with Walter Cronkite & Jack Paar
1954 - WSJV TV channel 28 in Elkhart-South Bend, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
1955 - Dutch 2nd Chamber requires TV licenses
1955 - US Air Force unveils self-guided missile
Broadcast Journalist Walter CronkiteBroadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite 1955 - WLEX TV channel 18 in Lexington, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
1956 - "My Fair Lady" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 2,715 perfs
1956 - Whipper Billy Watson beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA champion
1957 - 3rd nation to explode a nuclear bomb (Britain)
1958 - "Body Beautiful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 60 performances
1958 - KULR TV channel 8 in Billings, MT (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
1958 - Oscar Robertson of Cin scores a NCAA midwest region-record 56 pts
1958 - Royals basketball star Maurice Stokes collapsed during a playoff game with encephalitis; He goes into a coma & is permanently disabled
1958 - USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
1959 - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1959 - Richard Rogers' "No Strings" opens on Broadway
1959 - Robert Foster sets record by staying underwater 13 m 42.5 s
1959 - WILX TV channel 10 in Lansing, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise SuggsGolfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs 1960 - Key Largo Coral Reef Preserve established (1st underwater park)
1960 - National Observatory at Kitt Peak, Arizona dedicated
1961 - South Africa withdrews from British Commonwealth
1962 - Richard Rodger's musical "No Strings" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 580 performances
1962 - 5 research groups announce simultaneously discovery of anti-matter
1962 - Donald Jackson of Canada is 1st to land a triple lutz ice skate jump
1962 - KATU TV channel 2 in Portland, OR (ABC) begins broadcasting
1962 - Wilt Chamberlain is 1st to score 4,000 pts in an NBA season
1963 - WFAN TV channel 14 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting
1964 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1965 - T.G.I. Friday's 1st restaurant opens in NYC
1965 - WMFE TV channel 24 in Orlando, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
1966 - 8th Grammy Awards: Taste of Honey, Tom Jones, Sintra & Striesand
Singer Tom JonesSinger Tom Jones 1966 - Racial riots erupt in the Watts section of Los Angeles
1967 - AFCENT-headquarter moves to Brunssum
1967 - Marshal Arturo da Costa e Silva sworn in as President of Brazil
1967 - WSJK TV channel 2 in Sneedville/Knoxville, TN (PBS) 1st broadcast
1968 - Bob Beamon sets indoor long jump record (27'2-3/4")
1968 - British Foreign Secretary George Brown resigns
1968 - LIFE mag calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world"
1968 - US Mint stops buying & selling gold
1968 - Uprising in South Yemen
1968 - Diocese of Rome announces that it "deplored the concept", but wouldn't prohibit rock & roll masses at Church of San Lessio Falconieri
1969 - US Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigns
1969 - Violent Chinese-Russian border dispute leaves 100s dead
Rock Guitarist Jimi HendrixRock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix 1970 - Gary Geld & Peter Udell's "Purlie" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 689 performances
1970 - Expo '70 opens in Osaka, Japan
1971 - Chatrooms make their debut on the Internet
1972 - Danish airliner hit mountain in Sheikdom of Oman killing 112
1972 - NASA selects 3 part configuration for Space Shuttle
1972 - "The Godfather", based on the book by Mario Puzo, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premieres in NYC (Best Picture 1973)
1972 - Two British soldiers killed when attempting to defuse a bomb in Belfast; an RUC officer iskilled in an IRA attack in Coalisland, County Tyrone
1974 - Brazilian president Garastazu M├ędici resigns
1975 - Bundy victim Julie Cunningham disappears from Vail, Colo
Actor Al PacinoActor Al Pacino 1975 - Jevgeni Kulikov skates world record 500m (37.99 sec)
1976 - Failed coup in Niger
1977 - "Eight is Enough" premieres on ABC-TV
1977 - US House of Reps begin 90 day test of televising its sessions
1977 - First official test cricket match is played between Australia and England at Melbourne
1978 - -21] operation Litani: Israeli offensive in South Lebanon
1978 - A's trade Vida Blue to Giants for 7 players & $390,000
1978 - China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
1979 - Apparat releases Newdos + 2.1 for Radio Shack's TRS-80
1979 - Isle's Bryan Trottier's 5th career hat trick
1979 - Sarfraz takes 9-86 at MCG as Australia lose 7-5 to lose the Test
1981 - "Broadway Follies" opens/closes at Nederlander Theater NYC
NHL Star Bryan TrottierNHL Star Bryan Trottier 1981 - Patty Hayes wins LPGA Sun City Golf Classic
1981 - Suriname failed coup under sgt-mjr Wilfred Hawker
1982 - Actress Theresa Saladana, stabbed repeatedly by obsessed fan
1982 - KGB-AM in San Diego CA changes call letters to KCNN (now KPOP)
1982 - Nicaragua suspends their citizens rights for 30 days
1983 - Karnataka beat Bombay on 1st innings to win cricket Ranji Trophy
1984 - 10th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Linda Evans win (TV)
1984 - Tanzania adopts constitution
1985 - Larry Holmes TKOs David Bey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
1985 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1985 - The first Internet domain name is registered (symbolics.com).
1986 - Funeral services held for Swedish PM Olaf Palme
WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry HolmesWBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes 1987 - "Starlight Express" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 761 performances
1987 - "Sweet Charity" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 368 performances
1987 - Last day in Test cricket for Larry Gomes & Joel Garner
1987 - NZ beat WI by 5 wickets in Jeremy Coney's last Test Cricket
1987 - US Davis Cup team loses to Paraguay
1988 - Eugene Marino of Atlanta, appointed 1st African American archbishop
1988 - NASA reports accelerated breakdown of ozone layer by CFK
1988 - NFL's St Louis Cardinals officially move to Phoenix
1989 - "Les Miserables" opens at Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto
1989 - Dept of Veterans Affairs officially established as a Cabinet position
1989 - NY Rangers retire goalie Eddie Giacomin's #1 uniform
1990 - Fernando Collor de Mello sworn in as pres of Brazil
1991 - 4 LA police are charged with beating Rodney King
1991 - Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record 6.14m (20 feet 1 3/4)
Victim of Police Violence Rodney KingVictim of Police Violence Rodney King 1991 - Territories of Amapa & Roraima become states in Brazil
1992 - Brandie Burton wins LPGA Ping/Welch's Golf Championship
1992 - UN officially embarks on its largest peacekeeping operation
1992 - 39th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #20 North Carolina, 94-74
1992 - 33rd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Alabama, 80-54
1992 - 13th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Georgetown, 56-54
1993 - Vinod Kambli scores 227 v Zimbabwe, his 2nd consecutive Test 200
1994 - 8th Soul Train Music Awards: Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston win
1994 - Experts from AL certify Indian's Jacobs Field is properly lit
1997 - Pitts Penguins' Joe Mullen, is 1st American to score 500 NHL goals
1998 - "Cabaret" opens at Club Expo Theater NYC
1998 - An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hits southeastern Iran
Singer and actress Whitney HoustonSinger and actress Whitney Houston 1999 - Pluto again becomes outermost planet
2001 - The world's largest oil rig, located off Brazil and operated by Petrobras, suffers three explosions
2003 - Hu Jintao takes over presidency for the People's Republic of China.
2003 - 24th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Pittsburgh beats Connecticut, 74-56
2004 - Announcement of the discovery of 90377 Sedna, the farthest natural object in the Solar system so far observed.
2006 - 18th Commonwealth Games open in Melbourne, Australia
2008 - 29th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Pittsburgh beats Georgetown, 74-65
2009 - 56th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #9 Duke beats #22 Florida State, 79-69
2009 - 50th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Mississippi State beats Tennessee, 64-61
2013 - 24 people die after a double decker bus veers of a pass in Cape Town, South Africa

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