Today in History: March 15

Today in History: March 15

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0044

Julius Caesar is assassinated by high-ranking Roman Senators.

0933

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 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, Tenn.

1864

The Red River Campaign begins as the 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.