March 15 Events in History - March 15 Birthdays - March 15 Deaths



2014 The People's Bank of China widens its trading band for the yuan against the U.S. dollar to within 2% of the determined daily midpoint, moving the currency toward market-based valuation
2014 The Chip Ganassi racing team wins the 12 Hours of Sebring, with individual victories for Marino Franchitti, Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett
2013 Lazarus Project scientists reveal that they successfully recovered frozen tissue from the 1970's and rejuvenated the cells of Rheobatrachus silus, a species of frog that has been extinct since 1983
2013 American Grammy-winning rap artist, Lil Wayne, suffers a seizure in California, and recovers at a Los Angeles hospital
2012 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returns home after a three-week recovery from cancer surgery
2012 China's Premier Wen Jiabao blames the Dalai Lama for ongoing self-immolations by Tibetan monks
2011 Leaders from the G8 pass the issue of military intervention in Libya onto the United Nations Security Council
2011 Florida's Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos Alvarez, and County commissioner Natacha Seijas are ousted in recall elections
2010 According to Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States, relations between the U.S. and Israel are the worst in 35 years
1999 Pluto again becomes outermost planet
1998 "Cabaret," opens at Club Expo Theater New York City
1998 Welch's/Circle K Golf Championship
1997 Pitts Penguins' Joe Mullen, is 1st American to score 500 NHL goals
1994 8th Soul Train Music Awards: Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston win
1994 Experts from AL certify Indian's Jacobs Field is properly lit
1993 Vinod Kambli scores 227 vs. Zimbabwe, his 2nd consecutive Test 200
1992 Brandie Burton wins LPGA Ping/Welch's Golf Championship
1992 U.N. officially embarks on its largest peacekeeping operation
1991 4 LA police are charged with beating Rodney King
1991 Sergei Bubka pole vaults record 20'
1991 Territories of Amapa and Roraima become states in Brazil
1990 Fernando Collor de Mello sworn in as President of Brazil
1989 "Les Miserables," opens at Royal Alexandra Theatre Toronto
1989 Department of Veterans Affairs officially established as a Cabinet position
1989 New York Rangers retire goalie Eddie Giacomin's #1 uniform
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
1987 "Starlight Express" opens at Gershwin Theater New York City for 761 performances
1987 "Sweet Charity" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 368 performances
1987 13th People's Choice Awards: Bill Cosby
1987 Last day in Test cricket for Larry Gomes and Joel Garner
1987 New Zealand beat WI by 5 wickets in Jeremy Coney's last Test Cricket
1987 U.S. Davis Cup team loses to Paraguay
1986 Funeral services held for Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme
1985 Larry Holmes TKOs David Bey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
1985 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1984 10th People's Choice Awards: Brooke Shields
1984 Tanzania adopts constitution
1983 Karnataka beat Bombay on 1st innings to win cricket Ranji Trophy
1982 Actress Theresa Saladana, stabbed repeatedly by obsessed fan
1982 KGB-AM in San Diego, California changes call letters to KCNN (now KPOP)
1982 Nicaragua suspends their citizens rights for 30 days
1981 "Broadway Follies" opens/closes at Nederlander Theater New York City
1981 Suriname failed coup under Sergeant-Major Wilfred Hawker
1979 Apparat releases Newdos + 2.1 for Radio Shack's TRS-80
1979 Isle's Bryan Trottier's 5th career hat trick
1979 Sarfraz takes 9-86 at MCG as Australia lose 7-5 to lose the Test
1978 Operation Litani: Israeli offensive in South Lebanon
1978 A's trade Vida Blue to Giants for 7 players and $390,000
1978 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1977 "Eight is Enough" premiers on ABC-TV
1977 U.S. House of Representatives begin 90 day test of televising its sessions
1976 Failed coup in Niger
1975 Jevgeni Kulikov skates world record 500m (37.99 sec)
1974 Brazilian president Garastazu Medici resigns
1972 Danish airliner hit mountain in Sheikdom of Oman killing 112
1972 NASA selects 3 part configuration for Space Shuttle
1971 CBS TV announces it is dropping "Ed Sullivan Show"
1971 Chatrooms make their debut on the Internet
1970 "Purlie" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 689 performances
1970 Expo '70 opens in Osaka, Japan
1970 Gary Geld and Peter Udell's "Purlie," premieres in New York City
1969 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigns
1969 Violent Chinese-Russian border dispute
1968 Bob Beamon sets indoor long jump record (27' 2.75")
1968 British minister of Foreign affairs George Brown resigns
1968 LIFE mag calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world"
1968 U.S. Mint stops buying and selling gold
1968 Uprising in South Yemen
1968 Diocese of Rome announces that it "deplored the concept," but wouldn't prohibit rock and roll masses at Church of San Lessio Falconieri
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, Tennessee (PBS) 1st broadcast
1966 8th Grammy Awards: Taste of Honey, Tom Jones, Sintra and Striesand
1966 Racial riots erupt in the Watts section of Los Angeles
1965 Lyndon Baines Johnson asks congress to ensure everybody's right to vote
1965 T.G.I. Friday's 1st restaurant opens in New York City
1965 WMFE TV channel 24 in Orlando, Florida (PBS) begins broadcasting
1964 Lyndon Baines Johnson asks for a War on Poverty
1964 Liz Taylor's 5th marriage (Richard Burton)
1964 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1963 WFAN TV channel 14 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting
1962 "No Strings" opens at 84th St. Theater New York City for 580 performances
1962 5 research groups announce simultaneously 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
1962 Richard Rodger's musical "No Strings," premieres in New York City
1962 Wilt Chamberlain is 1st to score 4,000 pts in an NBA season
1961 South Africa withdraws from British Commonwealth
1960 Key Largo Coral Reef Preserve established, 1st underwater park
1960 National Observatory at Kitt Peak, Arizona dedicated
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
1958 "Body Beautiful" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 60 performances
1958 KULR TV channel 8 in Billings, Montana (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
1958 Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati scores a NCAA midwest region-record 56 pts
1958 Royals basketball star Maurice Stokes collapsed during a playoff game with encephalitis; He goes into a coma and is permanently disabled
1958 U.S.S.R. performs atmospheric nuclear test
1957 Britain becomes the 3rd nation to explode a nuclear bomb
1956 "My Fair Lady" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 2,715 performances
1956 Whipper Billy Watson beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA champ
1955 Dutch 2nd Chamber requires TV licenses
1955 U.S. Air Force unveils self-guided missile
1955 WLEX TV channel 18 in Lexington, Kentucky (NBC) begins broadcasting
1954 "CBS Morning Show" premieres with Walter Cronkite and Jack Paar
1954 WSJV TV channel 28 in Elkhart-South Bend, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
1953 Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1953 West Germany loses in soccer to Netherlands, 2-1
1952 "2 in the Aisle" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 276 performances
1952 Greatest 24-hour rainfall begins: 187 cm at La Reunion, Indian Ocean
1951 Persia nationalizes Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
1950 "Consul" opens at Barrymore Theater New York City for 269 performances
1950 Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Consul," premieres in New York City
1950 New York City hires Dr. Wallace E Howell as its official "rainmaker"
1949 WICU TV channel 12 in Erie, Pennsylvania (NBC) begins broadcasting
1949 WLWD (now WDTN) TV channel 2 in Dayton, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
1948 Bradman scores 115 for the Australian cricket team vs. Western Australia
1948 Sir Laurence Olivier on the cover of LIFE magazine
1948 WCAU TV channel 10 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (CBS) begins broadcasting
1947 John Lee appointed 1st black commissioned officer in U.S. Navy
1946 British premier Attlee agrees with India's right to independence
1945 17th Academy Awards - "Going my Way," Bing Cosby and Ingrid Bergman win
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, New York
1944 Italian town of Cassino destroyed by Allied bombing
1943 Allied reconnaissance flight over Java
1943 Red Army evacuates Kharkov
1941 Blizzard in North Dakota kills 151
1940 Goering says 100-200 church bells enough for Germany, smelt the rest
1939 Hitler occupies Bohemia and Moravia (Czechoslovakia); Slovakia independ
1937 1st blood bank forms (Chicago, Illinois)
1937 1st state contraceptive clinic opens (Raleigh North Carolina)
1935 George Headley completes 270 in cricket vs. England at Kingston
1934 U.S. Information Service opens
1933 NAACP begins coordinated attack on segregation and discrimination
1930 1st seaplane glider flown, Port Washington, New York
1930 1st streamlined submarine of U.S. navy, USS Nautilus, launched
1928 Mussolini modifies Italy electoral system (abolishes right to choose)
1926 Belgium's "black monday," franc falls
1923 Lenin is hit with his 3rd stroke
1922 1st southern radio station begins (WSB, Atlanta Georgia)
1919 American Legion forms (Paris)
1917 Nicholas II, last Russian tsar, says he will abdicate
1916 General Pershing, 15,000 troops chasing Villa into Mexico, stays 10-mos
1916 University of Gent goes under Dutch control
1915 Netherlands merchant ship Tubantia torpedoed and sinks in North Sea
1913 1st presidential press conference (Woodrow Wilson)
1913 Cleveland establishes 1st small claims court
1912 Pitcher Cy Young retires from baseball with 511 wins
1908 1st performance of Maurice Ravel's "Rapsodie Espagnole"
1907 Finland is 1st European country to give women the right to vote
1906 Brits Rolls, Royce and Johnson form Rolls Royce Ltd.
1903 Frederick Lugard occupies Sokoto West Africa
1901 Horse racing is banned in San Francisco, last race Mar 16th
1897 1st indoor fly casting tournament opens, at Madison Square Garden
1892 1st escalator patented by inventor Jesse W. Reno (New York City)
1892 New York State unveils automatic ballot booth (voting machine)
1889 6 U.S. and German warships perish in harbor of Apia Samoa, 200 die
1887 1st salaried fish and game warden (William Alden Smith in Michigan)
1885 1st performance of Cesar Franck's "Lesson Djinns"
1877 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket, Australia vs. England at MCG
1875 1st U.S. cardinal (John McCloskey) invested
1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings become the 1st pro baseball team
1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings beat Antioch 41-7
1867 Michigan becomes 1st state to tax property to support a university
1864 Red River Campaign-Union forces reach Alexandria, Louisiana
1862 General John Hunt Morgan begins 4 days of raids near Gallatin, Tennessee
1855 Louisiana establishes 1st health board to regulate quarantine
1827 Freedom's Journal, 1st Black newspaper, publishes
1827 University of Toronto is chartered
1820 Maine admitted as 23rd state
1812 1st Russian settlement in California, Russian River
1781 Battle of Guilford Court House, North Carolina (British suffer heavy losses)
1778 Nootka Sound, Vancouver Is discovered by Captain Cook
1744 French King Louis XV declares war on England
1729 Sister St. Stanislas Hachard, 1st U.S. nun, takes her vows, N Orleans
1672 King Charles II enacts Declaration of Indulgence
1580 Spanish king Philip II puts 25,000 gold coins on head of prince Willem of Orange
1562 General Francois de Guise enters Paris
1560 Failed assault on royal palace in Amboise France
1493 Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after 1st new world voyage
1391 Jew hating Monk in Seville Spain stirs up people to attack Jews
1382 Conservative "Popolo Grasso" regain power in Florence Italy
1360 France invasion army lands on English south coast, conquers Winchel
933 Battle at Riade: German King Henry I beats Magyaren
493 Theodorik the Great beats Odoaker of Italy











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