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Today in History: March 15

What Happened This Day In History.

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.


44 BC   Julius Caesar is assassinated by high-ranking Roman Senators.
933   Henry the Fowler routs the raiding Magyars at Merseburg, Germany.
1493   Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his first voyage to the New World.
1778   In command of two frigates, the Frenchman la Perouse, Comte de Lapérouse sails east from Botany Bay for the last lap of his voyage around the world.
1820   Maine is admitted as the 23rd state.
1862   General John Hunt Morgan begins four days of raids near the city of Gallatin, TN.
1864   The Red River Campaign begins as Union forces reach Alexandria, LA.
1892   New York State unveils the new automatic ballot voting machine.
1895   Bone Mizell, the famed cowboy of Florida, appears before a judge for altering cattle brands.
1903   The British complete the conquest of Nigeria.
1904   Three hundred Russians are killed as the Japanese shell Port Arthur in Korea.
1909   Italy proposes a European conference on the Balkans.
1916   General John Pershing and his 15,000 troops chase Pancho Villa into Mexico.
1934   Henry Ford restores the $5-a-day wage.
1935   Joseph Goebbels, German Minister of Propaganda bans four Berlin newspapers.
1939   Germany occupies Bohemia and Moravia, Czechoslovakia.
1944   Cassino, Italy is destroyed by Allied bombing.
1949   Almost four years after the end of World War II, clothes rationing in Great Britain ends.
1951   French General de Lattre demands that Paris send him more troops for the fight in Indochina.
1955   The U.S. Air Force unveils the first self-guided missile.
1956   The first performance of My Fair Lady, starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison, takes place on Broadway.
1960   Ten nations meet in Geneva to discuss disarmament.
1965   Gamal Abdel Nasser is re-elected Egyptian President.
1967   President Lyndon Johnson names Ellsworth Bunker as the new ambassador to Saigon. Bunker replaces Lodge.
1968   The U.S. mint halts the practice of buying and selling gold.
1991   Four Los Angeles police are charged in the beating of Rodney King.
Born on March 15
1767   Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States (1829-1837).
1854   Emil von Behring, first recipient of the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1901.
1916   Harry James, American band leader and trumpet player.
1933   Ruth Bader Ginsberg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice.