This Day in History - March 15

March 15

44 BC – Julius Caesar is assassinated

221 – Liu Bei, a Chinese warlord, declares himself Emperor of Shu-Han, claiming legitimate succession to the Han Dynasty

933 – Henry the Fowler routs the Magyars at Merseburg, Germany

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

1638 – Shunzhi Emperor of China is born

1767 – President of the US, Andrew Jackson, is born

1778 – The Frenchman La Perouse sails east from Botany Bay

1783 – General George Washington surprises army officers at Newburgh, New York, to calm the frustrations with Congress for failing to honor its promise to pay them and for its failure to settle accounts for the payment of food and clothing

1820 – Maine becomes the 23rd state

1831 – Confederate General Edward Aylesworth Perry is born

1854 – First recipient of the Nobel Prize for medicine, Emil von Behring, is born

1862 – General John Hunt Morgan begins raids near the city of Gallatin, Tennessee

1864 – The Red River Campaign begins as Union forces reach Alexandria, Louisiana

1892 – New York State unveils the new automatic ballot voting machine

1895 – Bone Mizell appears before a judge for altering cattle brands in Florida

1895 – Enrico Caruso, Italian tenor, arguably the world’s most famous opera singer of all time, makes his stage debut

1903 – The British complete the conquest of Nigeria

1904 – Three hundred Russians are killed by Japanese shelling of Port Arthur in Korea

1907 – Actress and singer Zarah Leander is born

1909 – Italy proposes a European conference on the Balkans

1916 – General John Pershing chases Pancho Villa into Mexico

1916 – Trumpet player Henry James is born

1917 – Czar Nicholas II of Russia, abdicates the throne during the February Revolution

1933 – US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is born

1934 – Henry Ford restores the $5-per-day wage

1935 – Joseph Goebbels, German Minister of Propaganda, bans four Berlin newspapers

1937 – American writer HP Lovecraft dies

1937 – The first hospital blood bank is established

1938 – Russian politician Nikolai Bukharin dies

1939 – Germany occupies Bohemia, Moravia, and Czechoslovakia

1941 – A blizzard hits North Dakota and Minnesota, killing 151 people

1944 – The Allies bomb Cassino, Italy

1947 – Singer, songwriter, producer and guitarist Ry Cooder is born

1949 – Clothes rationing in Great Britain ends

1951 – French General de Lattre demands that Paris send him more troops for his fighting in Indochina

1955 – The US Air Force unveils the first self-guided missile

1956 – My Fair Lady makes its debut on Broadway

1960 – Ten nations meet in Geneva to discuss disarmament

1965 – Gamal Abdel Nasser is re-elected as President of Egypt

1965 – President Lyndon Johnson urges for the passage of legislation guaranteeing equal voting rights for all

1967 – President Lyndon Johnson named Ellsworth Bunker as the new ambassador to Saigon

1968 – Construction begins on the north tunnel of the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnel on Interstate 70 in Colorado -the world’s highest vehicle tunnel

1968 – The US Mint halts the practice of buying and selling gold

1972 – Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather opens in theaters

1975 – Actress Eva Longoria is born

1979 – Baseball player Kevin Youkilis is born

1983 – Journalist and author Rebecca West dies

1985 – The world’s first Internet domain name is registered

1989 – General Secretary of the Communist Party, Mikhail Gorbachev, calls for the end to Soviet agricultural bureaucracy, instead introducing free market principles

1991 – Four Los Angeles police are charged with beating Rodney King

2001 – Actress Ann Sothern dies

2003 – Hu Jintao is chosen to replace Jiang Zemin as the president of China

2004 – Scientists report the discovery of Sedna, the most distant object in the solar system

2008 – Jamaican singer, songwriter and producer Mikey Dread dies

Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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