On This Day

Historical Events on March 15 (Part 2)

  • 2004 Announcement of the discovery of 90377 Sedna, the farthest natural object in the Solar system so far observed.

Hall of Fame

2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Jackson Browne; The Dells; George Harrison; Prince; Bob Seger; Traffic; ZZ Top; and Jann Wenner

  • 2006 18th Commonwealth Games open in Melbourne, Australia
  • 2008 29th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Pittsburgh beats Georgetown, 74-65
  • 2008 Wales beats France, 29-12 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship with a 19th Triple Crown
  • 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

Hall of Fame

2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: ABBA; Genesis; Jimmy Cliff; The Hollies; The Stooges; David Geffen; Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil; Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry; Jesse Stone; Mort Shuman; and Otis Blackwell

  • 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
  • 2013 Patrick Chan of Canada wins the men’s 2013 World Figure Skating Championships

Historic Event

2013 Li Keqiang assumes office as the 7th Premier of the People's Republic of China

Album Release

2013 Justin Timberlake releases his 3rd studio album “The 20/20 Experience” (2013 Billboard Album of the Year)

  • 2014 35th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Providence beats Creighton, 65-58
  • 2014 Ireland edges France, 22-20 at Stade de France, Saint-Denis to beat England on points difference and win Six Nations Rugby Championship; final international match for Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll with record 141 caps
  • 2015 56th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Arkansas, 78-63
  • 2016 Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence wins Go challenge against Lee Se-dol 4-1
  • 2017 Disney refuses to cut gay moment in film "Beauty and the Beast" for Malaysian censors, instead pulls film from Malaysia
  • 2017 Dutch elections; Prime Minister Mark Rutte's centre-right VVD party win 33 seats vs against 20 for right wing Geert Wilder's Party of Freedom

Historic Event

2017 French fashion house Givenchy appoints it first female designer, Englishwoman Clare Waight Keller

  • 2018 More than 12,000 people flee Hamouria in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, after town bombarded
  • 2018 Slovakia’s prime minister Robert Fico resigns amid crisis after the murder of a journalist Jan Kuciak investigating mafia connections
  • 2018 Toy chain Toys R Us announces it will close all its stores after filing for bankruptcy
  • 2018 Pedestrian bridge in Miami, Florida, collapses onto 8-lane highway 5 days after it was built, killing 6
  • 2019 Terrorist attack on two mosques by a right-wing Australian gunman kills 51 and wounds 50 in Christchurch, New Zealand

Historic Event

2019 Climate change strikes held by school children take place around the world inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg

  • 2019 The Vessel, a honeycomb viewing structure designed by Thomas Heatherwick opens at Hudson Yards development, New York City
  • 2020 European countries impose restrictions on gatherings and borders as COVID-19 deaths rates rise dramatically - Italy 1,809, Spain 288, France 120
  • 2020 US Federal Reserve slashes interest rates to near zero to support the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2021 Mass March 4 Justice rallies held across Australia to protest against violence and discrimination towards women
  • 2021 Largest sandstorm in northern China in a decade engulfs Beijing turning air pollution levels hazardous
  • 2021 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine halted in Germany, France and Italy joining some other countries despite little evidence of unusual blood clotting
  • 2021 Vatican issues judgement that priests cannot bless same-sex unions, that God “does not and cannot bless sin”
  • 2021 Deb Haaland confirmed as US Secretary of the Interior by the Senate, 1st Native American to lead a cabinet agency
  • 2021 Armed attackers kill at least 58 people in the Tillabery region, southwest Niger, government declares three days of mourning