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What Happened On This Day – March 15
  • 1990 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes President of the Soviet Union
    His economic and political reforms, as well as his advocacy of free speech, strengthened pro-democracy movements in other Eastern European countries and ultimately led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War.
  • 1985 The world's first internet domain name is registered
    symbolics.com was registered by the Symbolics Computer Corporation of Massachusetts. There are over 1 billion domains today.
  • 1972 Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather is premiered
    The gangster movie based on Mario Puzo's novel is one of the most popular films of all time.
  • 1917 The last emperor of Russia abdicates
    Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated following the February Revolution. He was later executed together with his family and some of his servants.
  • 1895 Enrico Caruso makes his stage debut
    The Italian tenor is arguably the most famous opera singer of all time.
Births On This Day – March 15
  • 1979 Kevin Youkilis
    American baseball player
  • 1975 Eva Longoria
    American actress, producer
  • 1947 Ry Cooder
    American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer
  • 1907 Zarah Leander
    Swedish actress, singer
  • 1638 Shunzhi Emperor
    of China
Deaths On This Day – March 15
  • 2008 Mikey Dread
    Jamaican singer-songwriter, producer
  • 2001 Ann Sothern
    American actress
  • 1983 Rebecca West
    English journalist, author
  • 1938 Nikolai Bukharin
    Russian politician
  • 1937 H. P. Lovecraft
    American writer
 

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What Happened On This Day – March 16
  • 1988 A poison gas attack kills 5000 civilians in the Kurdish town of Halabjah
    The war crime was in all likelihood executed on the orders of Iraqi despot Saddam Hussein.
  • 1988 In Northern Ireland, an Ulster loyalist kills 3 people at a Provisional IRA funeral
    Michael Stone was later convicted of the Milltown Cemetary attack, which was filmed by news crews.
  • 1968 U.S. troops massacre hundreds of unarmed civilians in Vietnam
    The 504 victims of the My Lai Massacre included many children and infants.
  • 1960 Alfred Hitchcock's movie Psycho is premiered
    The film starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh is an all-time classic of the suspense movie genre.
  • 1926 Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fuel rocket
    The idea for this revolutionary rocket engine first appeared in a book by Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.

Births On This Day – March 16
  • 1986 Daisuke Takahashi
    Japanese figure skater
  • 1954 Nancy Wilson
    American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress
  • 1953 Richard Stallman
    American computer programmer
  • 1917 Samael Aun Weor
    Colombian author
  • 1912 Pat Nixon
    American educator, 39th First Lady of the United States

Deaths On This Day – March 16
  • 2008 Bill Brown
    Australian cricketer
  • 2006 Minnie Pwerle
    Australian painter
  • 2003 Rachel Corrie
    American activist
  • 1983 Arthur Godfrey
    American radio, television host
  • 37 Tiberius
    Roman emperor
 

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What Happened On This Day – March 17
  • 1992 Apartheid in South Africa comes to an end
    In a referendum, 68.7% of white South Africans voted for an abolishment of racial segregation in the country.
  • 1973 The photograph known as Burst of joy is taken
    Photographer Slava Veder was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the image depicting a former U.S. prisoner of war being reunited with his family.
  • 1969 Golda Meir becomes Israel's first female Prime Minister
    In her country, Meir was known as the “Iron Lady” long before British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher rose to power.
  • 1959 The Dalai Lama flees Tibet for India
    Followers and advisers of Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, feared for his life after a revolt had erupted in Lhasa against the Chinese.
  • 1941 The National Gallery of Art opens in Washington. D.C.
    U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the gallery, which today houses one of the world's finest art collections.

Births On This Day – March 17
  • 1967 Billy Corgan
    American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer
  • 1948 William Gibson
    American/Canadian author
  • 1919 Nat King Cole
    American singer, pianist, television host
  • 1883 Urmuz
    Romanian judge, author
  • 1834 Gottlieb Daimler
    German engineer, businessman, co-founded Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft

Deaths On This Day – March 17
  • 2006 Oleg Cassini
    French/American fashion designer
  • 2005 George F. Kennan
    American historian, diplomat, United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union
  • 1956 Fred Allen
    American comedian, actor, radio host
  • 460 Saint Patrick
    Irish missionary, bishop
  • 180 Marcus Aurelius
    Roman emperor

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What Happened On This Day – March 18
  • 1990 East Germany holds its first and only free parliamentary elections
    The election was held between the peaceful revolution leading to the demise of the German Democratic Republic in 1989 and the German reunification in 1990.
  • 1971 A 100 feet (30 meter) high wave destroys a Peruvian mining camp and kills hundreds of people
    The tsunami was caused by a massive rock avalanche that crashed into Lake Yanahuani from a height of 1300 feet (400 meters).
  • 1965 Russian cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov becomes the first person to walk in space
    During the tethered spacewalk, which lasted 12 minutes, Leonov ventured up to 10 meters from his spacecraft, Voskhod 2.
  • 1962 The Évian Accords are signed, ending the Algerian War
    Algeria gained its independence from France as a consequence.
  • 1892 Lord Stanley of Preston pledges to donate a challenge cup for the best ice hockey team in Canada
    Today, the Stanley Cup is the world's most prestigious ice hockey trophy.

Births On This Day – March 18
  • 1981 Fabian Cancellara
    Swiss cyclist
  • 1932 John Updike
    American author, poet, critic
  • 1869 Neville Chamberlain
    English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • 1844 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Russian composer
  • 1837 Grover Cleveland
    American lawyer, politician, 22nd President of the United States

Deaths On This Day – March 18
  • 1936 Eleftherios Venizelos
    Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece
  • 1913 George I of Greece

  • 1745 Robert Walpole
    English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • 1314 Jacques de Molay
    Frankish knight
  • 978 Edward the Martyr
    English king
 

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What Happened On This Day – March 19
  • 1962 Bob Dylan releases his first album
    Dylan is one of the world's most influential music artists. His songs “Blowin' in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin'” became anthems for the anti-war movement.
  • 1954 Willie Mosconi sets the world record for running most consecutive Pool balls without a miss
    Mr. Pocket Billiards, as the hugely successful American sportsman was often called, ran 526 consecutive balls.
  • 1945 Adolf Hitler orders the "Nero Decree" of all industries in Germany
    The Nero Decree was issued in the light of Germany's imminent defeat in World War II. It was never fully executed.
  • 1911 The first International Women's Day is observed by over 1 million people in several European countries
    German socialists Clara Zetkin and Luise Zietz initiated the observance, which has become an annual global event.
  • 1895 The Lumière brothers record their first footage
    Sortie des Usines Lumière à Lyon showed workers leaving their factory in Lyon. The film is about 50 seconds long. Auguste and Louis Lumière were the earliest filmmakers in history.

Births On This Day – March 19
  • 1955 Bruce Willis
    German/American actor, singer, producer
  • 1952 Harvey Weinstein
    American film producer, co-founded Miramax Films, The Weinstein Company
  • 1848 Wyatt Earp
    American police officer
  • 1821 Richard Francis Burton
    English soldier, geographer, diplomat
  • 1813 David Livingstone
    Scottish missionary, explorer

Deaths On This Day – March 19
  • 2014 Fred Phelps
    American pastor
  • 2008 Arthur C. Clarke
    English author
  • 2005 John DeLorean
    American engineer, businessman, founded the DeLorean Motor Company
  • 1939 Lloyd L. Gaines
    American activist
  • 1406 Ibn Khaldun
    Tunisian historian
 

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Deaths On This Day – March 19
  • 1406 Ibn Khaldun
    Tunisian historian
One of the most insightful thinkers the Muslim world ever had, "widely considered as a forerunner of the modern disciplines of historiography, sociology, economics, and demography" (Wiki), and "one of the greatest philosophers of the Middle Ages". Also one ignored to the detriment of all who did so because many of his insights were uncomfortable (putting it mildly), especially to "powers-that-be". An exhibit A to the sad fact that humans have proven singularly incapable of learning from past mistakes (so much for Homo "sapiens"), as in the saying "those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it." And repeat it. And repeat it.
 
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What Happened On This Day – March 20
  • 2003 The United States invade Iraq, assisted by the United Kingdom, Australia, and Poland
    The Iraq War, which was termed illegal by then UN Secretary, Kofi Annan, caused hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths.
  • 1995 Japanese terrorists release poisonous gas in the Tokyo subway
    12 people died and thousands are wounded after members of the religious cult, Aum Shinrikyo, had places containers leaking sarin on 5 different trains.
  • 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono marry
    After the wedding in Gibraltar, the artists spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam with a Bed-In for Peace, which lasted a whole week.
  • 1916 Albert Einstein presents his general theory of relativity
    The revolutionary theory describes the interdependency of matter on the one hand and space and time on the other. It is one of the most influential theories in Physics.
  • 1852 Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin
    The anti-slavery story played an important role in setting the scene for the American Civil War.

Births On This Day – March 20
  • 1984 Fernando Torres
    Spanish footballer
  • 1959 Sting
    American wrestler
  • 1957 Spike Lee
    American actor, director, screenwriter, producer
  • 1939 Brian Mulroney
    Canadian politician 18th Prime Minister of Canada
  • 1828 Henrik Ibsen
    Norwegian poet, playwright, director

Deaths On This Day – March 20
  • 2004 Juliana of the Netherlands

  • 1925 George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston
    English politician, Governor-General of India
  • 1897 Apollon Maykov
    Russian poet
  • 1793 William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield
    Scottish judge, politician
  • 1726 Isaac Newton
    English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, theologian
 

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What happened on this day:
1890 - Otto von Bismarck (admittedly at this point almost 75) is dismissed as the chancellor of the German (second) Reich basically founded by him after the defeat of France in 1871. That left the impulsive, ignorant and unstable Kaiser William II (31 at the time) without a calming influence. Has something of a distant echo of when the Roman Emperor - "Caesar", of which both "Kaiser" and "Tsar" are late echoes - Nero dismissed his teacher Seneca the younger, the (late) Stoic philosopher. I leave more modern applicabilities to your own imagination.
 

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY MARCH 21
FEATURED EVENT
Alcatraz Island, in San Francisco Bay, California.

1963
Closing of Alcatraz prison
The U.S. federal prison on San Francisco Bay's Alcatraz Island, which had held some of the most dangerous civilian prisoners—including Al Capone and Robert Stroud, the “Birdman of Alcatraz”—was closed this day in 1963.
FEATURED BIOGRAPHY
Angela Merici, St.
St. Angela Merici

ROMAN CATHOLIC SAINT
BORN March 21, 1470 or 1474
Desenzano, Italy
DIED January 27, 1540
Brescia, Italy
BORN ON THIS DAY
1985
Adrian Peterson
AMERICAN FOOTBALL PLAYER
1962
Rosie O'Donnell
AMERICAN ENTERTAINER
1961
Lothar Matthäus
GERMAN FOOTBALL PLAYER
1958
Gary Oldman
BRITISH ACTOR
1949
Slavoj Žižek
SLOVENE PHILOSOPHER AND CULTURAL THEORIST

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McGuinness, Martin

Irish politician Martin McGuinness—who, as a member of Sinn Féin, the political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), played an influential role in negotiating the Good Friday Agreement (Belfast Agreement) of 1998—died at age 66.
2017
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Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey sent the first public tweet, which read “just setting up my twttr.”
2006
Namibia

After 106 years of German and South African rule, Namibia became independent.
1990
Jimmy Carter

U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced that the United States was boycotting the Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
1980
Selma March

American civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King, Jr., began a protest march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.Learn about 10 milestones in civil rights history
1965
apartheid: aftermath of the deadly Sharpeville demonstration

About 70 black African demonstrators were killed by police in Sharpeville, Gauteng province, during a protest against South Africa's pass laws.
1960
Somme

The Second Battle of the Somme began during World War I.
1918
Hans Hofmann, photograph by Arnold Newman, 1960.

German painter Hans Hofmann, an influential art teacher and a pioneer in the use of improvisatory techniques whose work paved the way for American painters to develop Abstract Expressionism, was born.
1880
Benito Juárez.

Mexican national hero Benito Juárez was born in San Pablo Guelatao, Oaxaca.
1806
Joseph Fourier, lithograph by Jules Boilly, 1823; in the Academy of Sciences, Paris.

French mathematician Joseph Fourier was born in Auxerre.
1768
Bach, Johann Sebastian

German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, who is generally considered the greatest composer of all time, was born.
1685
Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer, the first Protestant archbishop of Canterbury, was burned at the stake for violating heresy laws revised under the Roman Catholic queen Mary I, known as Bloody Mary.
 

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY

FEATURED EVENT
Jamestown Fort

1622
Murder at Jamestown
Opechancanough, brother of Chief Powhatan and his successor as the leader of the Powhatan Indian empire, led an attack on the Jamestown Colony this day in 1622, killing at least 347 colonists and initiating the Powhatan War.
FEATURED BIOGRAPHY
Kusama, Yayoi
Yayoi Kusama

JAPANESE ARTIST
BORNMarch 22, 1929 (age 91)
Matsumoto, Japan
(Born on this day)
BORN ON THIS DAY
1976
Reese Witherspoon
AMERICAN ACTRESS

1948
Andrew Lloyd Webber
BRITISH COMPOSER

1947
James Patterson
AMERICAN AUTHOR

1931
William Shatner
CANADIAN ACTOR

1930
Stephen Sondheim
AMERICAN COMPOSER AND LYRICIST

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2004
An Israeli missile strike killed Palestinian Islamist leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, cofounder (1987) of the militant Palestinian organization Hamas.

Equal Rights Amendment: Ratification

1972
The U.S. Senate approved the Equal Rights Amendment—which stated, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex”—but it failed to be ratified by the requisite majority of 38 states before the deadline.

Andrew Lloyd Webber

1948
English composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose works such as Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Phantom of the Opera helped revitalize British and American musical theatre in the late 20th century, was born.

Arab League: flag

1945
The Arab League, a regional organization of Arab states in the Middle East, was organized in Cairo by Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Transjordan (now Jordan), Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.

Augusta National Golf Club

1934
The Augusta National Golf Club hosted the first Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

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1908
American author Louis L'Amour, who was best known for highly popular westerns that offered well-researched portrayals of frontier life, was born.

Stanley Cup

1894
The Montreal Amateur Athletic Association won ice hockey's first Stanley Cup.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, oil painting by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1828; in the Neue Pinakothek, Munich.

1832
German author and philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe died in Weimar, Saxe-Weimar.

Stephen Decatur, detail from an engraving by Henry Meyer after a portrait by John Wesley Jarvis.

1820
U.S. Navy Commissioner Stephen Decatur was killed in a duel.

Stamp Act

1765
The British Parliament passed the Stamp Act, inflaming relations with the American colonies.

Alexander Henderson, detail from a portrait attributed to Sir Anthony Van Dyck, c. 1641.

1599
Anthony van Dyck, the most prominent Flemish painter of the 17th century after Peter Paul Rubens, was born in Antwerp.
 

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Of more national interest:
1974 - The German parliament "Bundestag" lowers the age of majority from 21 to 18 years, to become effective on 01 January 1975.
(I had turned 18 by this time in 1974, but was still living in the US - and almost certainly did not hear about this news at the time).
Of global musical interest:
1963 - The Beatles released their first Album "Please, Please Me" in Great Britain.
 

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY
MARCH 23
WHAT HAPPENED ON YOUR BDAY?

FEATURED EVENT
Lewis and Clark Expedition

1806
Lewis and Clark's return trip begun
Having completed the first U.S. overland expedition to the Pacific coast, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark this day in 1806 began their return to St. Louis, Missouri, where their journey had begun in May 1804.
FEATURED BIOGRAPHY
Elizabeth Taylor, 1953.
Elizabeth Taylor

AMERICAN ACTRESS
BORN February 27, 1932
London, England
DIED March 23, 2011 (aged 79)
Los Angeles, California
BORN ON THIS DAY
1973
Jason Kidd
AMERICAN BASKETBALL PLAYER AND COACH

1972
Joe Calzaghe
WELSH BOXER

1968
Damon Albarn
BRITISH MUSICIAN

1912
Wernher von Braun
GERMAN-BORN AMERICAN ENGINEER

1910
Kurosawa Akira
JAPANESE FILM DIRECTOR

MORE EVENTS ON THIS DAY
Mir

Although designed for only 5 years of service, the Soviet/Russian space station Mir ended 15 years in orbit when it reentered Earth's atmosphere, falling into the South Pacific Ocean.

2001
Titanic

James Cameron's epic drama Titanic (1997) won 11 Academy Awards, tying the record set by Ben-Hur (1959).

1998
Reagan, Ronald

In a nationwide television address, U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced the Strategic Defense Initiative, popularly known as Star Wars, a proposed strategic defensive system against potential nuclear attacks.

1983
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The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights entered into force, incorporating almost all the international human rights proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948.

1976
Nazi Party rally

The German Reichstag, dominated by the Nazi Party and German National People's Party, voted to pass the Enabling Act, thereby assuring Nazi primacy, in a process that began with the Reichstag fire about a month prior.

1933
Kurosawa Akira

Japanese director Kurosawa Akira—who won worldwide acclaim with subtle, brilliantly composed films, such as Rashōmon (1950), that combined Japanese historic themes with a Western sense of action and drama—was born.

1910
Joan Crawford, c. 1934.

American actress Joan Crawford, who made her initial impact as a vivacious Jazz Age flapper but later matured into a star of psychological melodramas, was born.

1908
Charles Albert of Sardinia–Piedmont, detail of a portrait by Horace Vernet; in the Pinacoteca, Turin, Italy

At the Battle of Novara, during the first Italian War of Independence, outnumbered Austrian troops under Field Marshal Joseph Radetzky destroyed the poorly trained Italian troops of Charles Albert, king of Sardinia-Piedmont.

1849
Henry, Patrick

Patrick Henry, a major figure of the American Revolution, delivered the well-known speech featuring the phrase “give me liberty or give me death” at the second Virginia Convention, at St. John's Church, Richmond.
 

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11 Oscars for "Titanic" (1998) and "Ben Hur" (1959)
I simply cannot let this pass without mentioning that RoTK tied them in 2004 - an unprecedented clean sweep with 11 successful nominations. ("Fellowship" had actually been nominated more often for 2002, with 13 nominations, taking four trophies; TTT took two trophies out of 6 nominations in 2003. 17 trophies and 30 nominations are, I believe, unrivalled to date. And they took "Visual Effects" all three years, very rightly so.)

Deaths
2001 - David McTaggart, a Canadian who played a leading role in the early days of "Greenpeace". Comparing the statement of the teletext of our channel 1 TV in Germany that he "formed Greenpeace into an international organization after French atomic tests" on the Polynesian island of Mururoa (the French Bikini Atoll) in 1972 - these still being above-ground or "atmospheric" tests rather than underground - is a bit difficult to reconcile with the Wiki article on Greenpeace. The organization seems to be a sort of conglomerate of several activist groups with separate agendas under one roof. And as it is a group annoying not a few influential economic groups, Wiki's weakness to "fake news" attacks by well-financed lobbyists - let's not kid ourselves, most are not one iota better than "mob lawyers" - may play some role in the Wiki content.
 

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY
MARCH 24

FEATURED EVENT
Exxon Valdez Alaskan oil spill - 1989

Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound, Alaska, after running aground March 24, 1989.

On this day in 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground, spilling some 11 million gallons (41 million litres) of oil into Prince William Sound in Alaska and creating the largest oil spill in U.S. history up to that time.

FEATURED BIOGRAPHY
Elizabeth I
Elizabeth I

QUEEN OF ENGLAND
BORN: September 7, 1533
Greenwich, England
DIED: March 24, 1603 (aged 69)
Richmond, England
(Died on this day)

BORN ON THIS DAY
1976
Peyton Manning
AMERICAN FOOTBALL PLAYER

1956
Steven Ballmer
AMERICAN BUSINESSMAN

1930
Steve McQueen
AMERICAN ACTOR

1887
Roscoe Arbuckle
AMERICAN ACTOR AND DIRECTOR

1874
Harry Houdini
AMERICAN MAGICIAN

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2016
Karadžić, Radovan

Serbian politician Radovan Karadžić was found guilty of committing war crimes, including genocide, during the civil war that followed Bosnia and Herzegovina's split from Yugoslavia in 1992; he was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

2008
Bhutan

Bhutan held elections for the National Assembly, thereby completing the country's transition to a democracy.

2002
Berry, Halle; Washington, Denzel

Film stars Denzel Washington and Halle Berry became the second and third African Americans to win Academy Awards for performances in leading roles.

1999
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A fire began in the Mont Blanc Tunnel, a major Alpine automotive tunnel connecting France and Italy; it took two days to put out the blaze, and 39 people were killed.

1976
Manning, Peyton

American professional gridiron football player Peyton Manning, one of the game's premier quarterbacks, was born.

1945
Cole, Nat King

With the debut of the Billboard magazine pop album chart, American pianist and singer Nat King Cole's King Cole Trio became the first record album to appear at No. 1.

1905
Jules Verne.

Pioneering French science-fiction author Jules Verne died in Amiens, France.Who wrote what notable literary works?

1887
Roscoe  “Fatty”  Arbuckle.

American comedian and director Fatty Arbuckle, whose successful career was halted by the first of the major Hollywood scandals, was born.

1882
Robert Koch.

Robert Koch announced in Berlin that he had isolated and grown the tubercle bacillus, which he believed to be the cause of all forms of tuberculosis.

1874
Houdini, Harry

American magician Harry Houdini, who earned an international reputation for his daring feats of self-extrication from shackles and locked containers, was born.

1603
Daniel Mytens: James I

King James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne as James I following the death of Elizabeth I.
 

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY
MARCH 25
FEATURED EVENT
Bannockburn, Battle of

1306
Robert the Bruce crowned king of Scotland
Robert the Bruce, crowned Scottish king at Scone this day in 1306, freed Scotland from English rule, winning the decisive Battle of Bannockburn (1314) and confirming Scottish independence in the Treaty of Northampton (1328).

FEATURED BIOGRAPHY
Aretha Franklin, 1993.
Aretha Franklin

AMERICAN SINGER
BORN: March 25, 1942
Memphis, Tennessee
(Born on this day)
DIED: August 16, 2018 (aged 76)
Detroit, Michigan

BORN ON THIS DAY
1976
Wladimir Klitschko
UKRAINIAN BOXER

1965
Sarah Jessica Parker
AMERICAN ACTRESS
1947
Elton John
BRITISH MUSICIAN

1934
Gloria Steinem
AMERICAN FEMINIST, POLITICAL ACTIVIST, AND EDITOR

1928
Jim Lovell
AMERICAN ASTRONAUT

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2002
The Hindu Kush and the Karakoram Range.

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck the Hindu Kush region of northern Afghanistan, causing more than 1,000 deaths.

1975
Fayṣal

King Fayṣal of Saudi Arabia was shot to death by his nephew.

1965
Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City.

American actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who was perhaps best known for her role on the television series Sex and the City (1998–2004), was born.

1957
European Economic Community

The Treaties of Rome were signed, establishing the European Community and the European Atomic Energy Community.

1947
Elton John performing in Las Vegas

British singer, composer, and pianist Sir Elton John, who was known for both his popular music and his stylistic showmanship, was born.

1934
Steinem, Gloria

American feminist and activist Gloria Steinem, a leading advocate of the women's liberation movement who helped found Ms. magazine (1972), was born.

1918
Claude Debussy.

French composer Claude Debussy died in Paris.

1911
Triangle shirtwaist factory fire: memorial parade

A fire at the Triangle shirtwaist factory in New York City killed 146 people, prompting the creation of health and safety legislation.

1881
Béla Bartók, portrait by an unknown artist; in the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest.

Hungarian composer Béla Bartók was born in Nagyszentmiklós.

1807
Big Ben (right) and the Houses of Parliament, London.

The British Parliament abolished the slave trade in the British West Indies.

1305
Giotto di Bondone: Adoration of the Magi

The Arena (or Scrovegni) Chapel, containing frescoes by Giotto, was consecrated in Padua, Italy.
 

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THIS DAY IN HISTORY
MARCH 26
FEATURED EVENT - 1979
Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter, and Menachem Begin

Signing of Israel-Egypt peace treaty
The historic peace accord between Israel and Egypt, agreed to by Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat and negotiated by U.S. President Jimmy Carter at Camp David, Maryland, in September 1978, was signed this day in 1979.

FEATURED BIOGRAPHY
Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi

AMERICAN POLITICIAN
BORN March 26, 1940 (age 80)
Baltimore, Maryland
(Born on this day)

BORN ON THIS DAY
1973
Larry Page
AMERICAN COMPUTER SCIENTIST AND ENTREPRENEUR

1941
Richard Dawkins
BRITISH BIOLOGIST AND WRITER

1931
Leonard Nimoy
AMERICAN ACTOR

1925
Pierre Boulez
FRENCH COMPOSER AND CONDUCTOR

1904
Joseph Campbell
AMERICAN AUTHOR

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2011
Ferraro, Geraldine

American Democratic politician Geraldine Ferraro, who was the first woman to be nominated (1984) for vice president by a major political party in the United States, died at age 75.

2005
Doctor Who

Sixteen years after being cancelled, the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who returned to television with a new episode, with Christopher Eccleston appearing in the title role.

2000
Putin, Vladimir

Russian intelligence officer and politician Vladimir Putin was elected president of Russia.

1997
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Police discovered the bodies of 39 members of Heaven's Gate, an American religious group that believed in unidentified flying objects; they had committed suicide in the belief that a spaceship was arriving to take them to a better place.

1992
Mike Tyson (centre) meeting with his trainer Jay Bright (right) during a fight against Buster Mathis, Jr., 1995.

Heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison following a rape conviction in Indianapolis, Indiana.

1971
Bangladesh

Members of the Awami League set up a government-in-exile in Calcutta (Kolkata) and declared Bangladesh an independent state.

1944
Ross, Diana

American pop singer and actress Diana Ross—who achieved international stardom, first as leader of the vocal group the Supremes and later as a solo artist—was born.

1941
Dawkins, Richard

British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, who maintained that genes are the driving force of evolution and advocated atheism, was born in Nairobi, Kenya.

1930
O'Connor, Sandra Day

Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice, was born in El Paso, Texas.

1927
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The Mille Miglia, the famed automobile race across Italy, was inaugurated.

1911
Tennessee Williams.

American dramatist Tennessee Williams, whose plays reveal a world of human frustration in which sex and violence underlie an atmosphere of romantic gentility, was born in Columbus, Mississippi.

1885
Louis Riel.

The first clash of the Riel Rebellion in Canada took place in Duck Lake, Saskatchewan.

1874
Robert Frost, 1954.

American poet Robert Frost, much admired for his depictions of rural New England life and his realistic verse portraying ordinary people, was born in San Francisco.

1827
Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven died of cirrhosis of the liver in Vienna.

1812
“The Gerry-mander,” political cartoon

In opposition to the redrawing of districts to favour incumbents in an upcoming election, the Boston Gazette published a satiric cartoon that graphically transformed the districts into a fabulous animal, “The Gerry-mander”; the term gerrymander thus entered the American lexicon.
 

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Deaths:
1969 - Author B. Traven (a pseudonym), about whom Wiki opens its article with the statement:
"... was the pen name of a presumably German novelist, whose real name, nationality, date and place of birth and details of biography are all subject to dispute." 😵
One of his novels was "... The Treasure of the Sierra Madre from 1927 (filmed in 1948 by John Huston) …".
Skimming through the rest of the article, I wonder how anyone can be remotely sure of today being the day of his death … 🤨
 

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1812
“The Gerry-mander,” political cartoon

In opposition to the redrawing of districts to favour incumbents in an upcoming election, the Boston Gazette published a satiric cartoon that graphically transformed the districts into a fabulous animal, “The Gerry-mander”; the term gerrymander thus entered the American lexicon.
So the greatest scourge of American politics is already over 200 years old … 🤮
 

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