On This Day

On This Day in History for March 15 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 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 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 Suriname failed coup under sgt-mjr Wilfred Hawker
  • 1982 Nicaragua suspends their citizens rights for 30 days
  • 1984 Tanzania adopts constitution
  • 1985 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1985 The first Internet domain name, symbolics.com is registered
  • 1986 Funeral services held for murdered Swedish PM Olaf Palme
  • 1988 Eugene Marino of Atlanta appointed 1st African American archbishop
  • 1988 NASA reports accelerated breakdown of ozone layer by CFK
  • 1989 US Department of Veterans Affairs officially established as a Cabinet position
  • 1990 Fernando Collor de Mello sworn in as President of Brazil

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1991 4 officers of the Los Angeles Police Department are charged with excessive force over the beating of Rodney King

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Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
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  • 1991 Territories of Amapa & Roraima become states in Brazil
  • 1992 UN officially embarks on its largest peacekeeping operation
  • 1993 Vinod Kambli scores 227 v Zimbabwe, his 2nd consecutive Test 200
  • 1994 Experts from AL certify Indian's Jacobs Field is properly lit
  • 1998 An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hits southeastern Iran
  • 2001 The world's largest oil rig, located off Brazil and operated by Petrobras, suffers three explosions

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2003 Hu Jintao becomes President of the People's Republic of China

Paramount Leader of China Hu Jintao
Paramount Leader of China
Hu Jintao
  • 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
  • 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

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

Premier of China Li Keqiang
Premier of China
Li Keqiang
  • 2016 Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence wins Go challenge against Lee Se-dol 4-1
  • 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

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

Courtier and Fashion Designer Hubert de Givenchy
Courtier and Fashion Designer
Hubert de Givenchy
  • 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

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

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg
Climate Activist
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 coronavirus 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 Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

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