Historical Events on March 15

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44 BC Julius Caesar, is stabbed to death by Brutus, Cassius and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March in Rome

Roman Military Commander and Political Statesman Julius Caesar
Roman Military Commander and Political Statesman
Julius Caesar
Roman Senator Gaius Cassius
Roman Senator
Gaius Cassius
  • 221 Liu Bei, a Chinese warlord and member of the Han royal house, declares himself Emperor of Shu-Han, claiming 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

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1493 Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his first voyage to the New World

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1545 First meeting of the Council of Trent.
  • 1560 Failed assault on royal palace in Amboise, France
  • 1562 General Francois de Guise enters Paris

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1580 Spanish king Philip II puts 25,000 gold coins on head of prince Willem of Orange

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II

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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)

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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.

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1812 1st Russian settlement in California, Russian River
  • 1820 Maine admitted as 23rd state of the Union
  • 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
  • 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"

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1912 Pitcher Cy Young retires from baseball with 511 wins

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young

Conference meetingConference of Interest

1913 1st US presidential press conference (Woodrow Wilson)

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
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

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1917 Nicholas II, the last Russian Tsar abdicates & nominates his brother Grand Duke Michael to succeed him [OS Mar 2]

  • 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

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1923 Lenin is hit with his 3rd stroke

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 1926 Belgium's "black monday", franc falls

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1928 Benito Mussolini modifies Italy electoral system (abolishes right to choose)

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 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)

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1939 Hitler occupies Bohemia & Moravia (Czechoslovakia); Slovakia independent

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

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1940 Hermann Goering says 100-200 church bells enough for Germany, smelt the rest

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1941 Blizzard in North Dakota kills 151 people
  • 1943 Allied reconnaissance flight over Java
  • 1943 Red Army evacuates Kharkov
  • 1944 Italian town of Cassino destroyed by Allied bombing

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

1945 17th Academy Awards: "Going My Way", Bing Crosby & Ingrid Bergman win

Actress Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 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

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1946 British Prime Minister Clement Attlee agrees with India's right to independence

British Prime Minister Clement Attlee
British Prime Minister
Clement Attlee
  • 1947 John Lee appointed 1st black commissioned officer in US Navy

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1948 Bradman scores 115 for the Australian cricket team v Western Australia

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1948 Sir Laurence Olivier on the cover of LIFE magazine
  • 1948 WCAU TV channel 10 in Philadelphia, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 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 performances
  • 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

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1954 "CBS Morning Show" premieres with Walter Cronkite & Jack Paar

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • 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
  • 1955 WLEX TV channel 18 in Lexington, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 "My Fair Lady" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 2,715 performances
  • 1956 Whipper Billy Watson beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA champion
  • 1957 Great Britain becomes the third nation to explode a nuclear bomb
  • 1958 "Body Beautiful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • 1958 KULR TV channel 8 in Billings, MT (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting

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1958 Oscar Robertson of Cin scores a NCAA midwest region-record 56 pts

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 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
  • 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 Five research groups announce the 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

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1962 Wilt Chamberlain is 1st to score 4,000 pts in an NBA season

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 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

Music awardsMusic Awards

1966 8th Grammy Awards: Taste of Honey, Tom Jones, Sintra & Streisand

Singer Tom Jones
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

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1968 LIFE mag calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world"

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • 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
  • 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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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)

Actor Al Pacino
Al Pacino
Actor Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Novelist Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
  • 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
  • 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

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1979 Isle's Bryan Trottier's 5th career hat trick

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • 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
  • 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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1984 10th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Linda Evans win (TV)

Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actor Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck
  • 1984 Tanzania adopts constitution

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1985 Larry Holmes TKOs David Bey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1985 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1985 The first Internet domain name, symbolics.com is registered
  • 1986 Funeral services held for Swedish PM Olaf Palme
  • 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 Department 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 President of Brazil

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1991 4 LA police are charged with beating Rodney King

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • 1991 Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record 6.14m (20 feet 1 3/4)
  • 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

Music awardsMusic Awards

1994 8th Soul Train Music Awards: Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston win

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2013 16 people are killed by a fireworks accident in Tlaxcala, Mexico