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3/15/2023 3:22:00 AM
Today In History - March 15

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Today in History in 44 BC Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic was stabbed to death on the Ides of March; and in 1493 Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first New World voyage.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 44 BC - Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, is stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March.
  • 221 - Liu Bei, a Chinese warlord and member of the Han royal house, declares himself emperor of Shu-Han and claims his legitimate succession to the Han Dynasty.
  • 1493 - Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his 1st New World voyage
  • 1783 - In an emotional speech in Newburgh, New York, George Washington asks his officers not to support the Newburgh Conspiracy. The plea is successful and the threatened coup d'etat never takes place.
  • 1892 - 1st escalator patented by inventor Jesse W Reno (NYC)
  • 1903 - After years of fighting between the British and the rebellious Africans, the British claim supremacy over 500,000 square miles, thus controlling all northern Nigeria
  • 1954 - "CBS Morning Show" premieres with Walter Cronkite & Jack Paar
  • 1917 - [OS Mar 2] Nicholas II, the last Russian Tsar abdicates & nominates his brother Grand Duke Michael to succeed him
  • 1962 - 5 research groups announce simultaneously discovery of anti-matter

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Famous Birthdays

  • 270 - Saint Nicholas [Nikolaos of Myra], Patara Asia Minor, Greek Bishop (Santa Claus)
  • 1767 - Andrew Jackson, Carolinas, General/(D) 7th US President (1829-37)
  • 1887 - Marjorie Merriweather Post, American socialite and businesswoman (d. 1973)
  • 1916 - Harry James, Albany Ga, trumpeter (married to Betty Grable)
  • 1955 - Dee Snider, Massapequa NY, (Twisted Sister-We're Not Gonna Take It)
  • 1975 - Eva Longoria, Corpus Christi, Texas, American actress (Gabrielle Solis-Desperate Housewives)

Famous Weddings

  • 1964 - Actress Elizabeth Taylor (32) marries for the 5th time to actor Richard Burton (38)
  • 2010 - Stand-up comedian and writer Sacha Baron Cohen (40) weds actress Isla Fisher (36) in Paris, France
  • 2014 - "Today" show anchor Savannah Guthrie (42) weds public relations Michael Feldman (45) at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Resort in Tucson, Arizona

Famous Deaths

  • 44 BC - Julius Caesar, Roman military and political figure, is stabbed to death at 55
  • 1934 - Davidson Black, Paleoanthropologist, dies while working alone during the night, in Beijing, China at 49
  • 1937 - H. P. Lovecraft, American horror writer (At the Mountains of Madness, Weird Tales), dies at 46
  • 1998 - Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician and writer, dies at 94
  • 2001 - Ann Sothern, American actress (b. 1909)

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