Death of St. Heribert of Cologne
Death of Archbishop Robert I of Rouen
Death of Baldwin IV ("the Leper"), King of Jerusalem
Death of King Alexander III of Scotland
End of the revolt by Llywelyn Bren against the Normans
Marriage of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, to Bianca Sforza
Council of Pisa declared null and void by the Lateran Council
Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines, where he was killed by natives the following month.
Mogul Emperor Babar defeats Hindu Confederacy at Kanwanha
Murder of Jesuit missionaries in East Africa
Gerbrand Bredero, Dutch poet, playwright born
Samoset, Indian from the Island of Monhegan, visits the new Colony of Plymouth
Aquedneck changes it's name to Rhode Island, declares itself a democracy and establishes freedom of religion
A General Election for Parliament ("The Convention") is held
Pergolesi died at the age of 26. It was Pergolesi's music which Stravinsky used as the basis of his ballet "Pulcinella."
James Madison, fourth president of the United States, was born in Port Conway, Virginia. born
Georg Simon Ohm, scientist born
Sweden's King Gustav III was shot and mortally wounded during a masquerade party; he died 13 days later. (The assassination inspired the Giuseppe Verdi opera Un Ballo in Mascher, or The Masked Ball.)
Congress authorized the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York
The first newspaper edited for and by blacks, "Freedom's Journal," was published in New York.
The Republic of Texas approved a constitution.
(Catherine) Kate Greenaway was born in London, England. She is best remembered for such books as "Mother Goose," employing her artistry as painter and illustrator.
Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" was first published.
Spain signed a concordat with the Papacy under which Roman Catholicism became the only authorized faith. It also gave control of education and press to the church.
Battle of Averasboro, North Carolina.
Inventor and Aviator Wilbur Wright born
The State of Delaware, the first state to enter the union, enacted the first fertilizer law.
The U.S. Senate approved a treaty allowing the United States to join the Red Cross.
Susan Hayhurst graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy as the first female pharmacy graduate.
The opera "Thais," composed by Jules Massenet, premiered in Paris.
Movie Actor, Movie Director, Comedian Sir Charlie Chaplin born
Statesman Mike Mansfield born
Comedian Henny Youngman born
WJ Henderson wrote in the New York Sun of 1907, after a performance of the "Divine Poem," quote: "When it was over, the audience called out Mister Scriabin and took a good look at him."
Former first lady Pat Nixon born
Children's Author Garth Williams born
The Federal Trade Commission was organized. The U.S. government appointed five commissioners to receive $10,000 each year to regulate commerce and prohibit unlawful trade.
US and Canada sign the Migratory bird treaty.
Tallulah Bankhead made her New York acting debut with a role in "The Squab Farm."
Novelist Sir Kingsley Amis born
Comedian-director Jerry Lewis born
The first liquid-fuel rocket was successfully launched by Professor Robert Goddard at Auburn, Massachusetts. The rocket traveled 184 feet in 2.5 seconds.
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (Democrat, New York) born
R. Walter Cunningham, astronaut born
Adolf Hitler scrapped the Treaty of Versailles and introduced conscription.
Composer David Del Tredici born
Former world champion hurdler Percy Beard was hired by the Brooklyn Dodgers to teach the faltering baseball team how to run.
Movie director Bernardo Bertolucci born
Game show host Chuck Woolery born
Singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker born
During World War Two, Iwo Jima was declared secured by the Allies.
Country singer Robin Williams born
Congress voted to remove federal taxes -- on oleomargarine.
Actress Kate Nelligan born
Country singer Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel) born
Rock singer-musician Nancy Wilson (Heart) born
Actress Isabella Huppert born
"The Ballad of Davy Crockett" by Bill Hayes reached the number one spot on the pop music charts and stayed for five weeks. The smash hit song sold more than 7,000,000 records on more than 20 different labels.
Rapper Flavor Flav (Public Enemy) born
Peter, Paul and Mary released the singles "Puff The Magic Dragon." Through the years, controversy continually surrounded the song. It was banned by several radio stations because they thought the song was about the elicit joys of smoking marijuana. The group adamantly denied this startling assumption.
American astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott docked their Gemini-8 space vehicle with an Agena craft, a first in orbital history.
During the Vietnam War, some 300 Vietnam villagers died at the hands of American troops in what came to be known as the My Lai massacre. It was carried out by US troops under the command of Lieutenant William L. Calley Junior.
"1776," a musical about the Declaration of Independence, opened on Broadway.
The new Opry House at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee, opened. Roy Acuff was the first artist to perform.
British Prime Minister Harold Wilson announced his intention to retire. He was succeeded by James Callaghan on April 5.
Italian politician Aldo Moro was kidnapped and later murdered by left-wing urban guerrillas known as the Red Brigades. The Red Brigades were demanding the release of all Communist prisoners.
About 220,000 tons of oil were spilled after the Amoco Cadiz ran aground off the Brittany coast.
Claus Von Bulow was found guilty in Newport, Rhode Island, of trying to kill his comatose wife, Martha, with insulin (Von Bulow was acquitted in a retrial).
Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev announced that the Soviet Union was freezing deployment of SS-20 missiles west of the Urals.
Radio and television star Arthur Godfrey died in New York at age 79.
William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, was kidnapped by gunmen; he died in captivity.
Terry Anderson, chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press, was abducted by gunmen after a tennis game in Beirut; he was released on December 4,1991 after 2,454 days in captivity.
Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Former National Security Adviser John M. Poindexter, fired White House aide Oliver L. North, retired Air Force Major General Richard V. Secord and Secord's business partner, Albert Hakim, were indicted on charges relating to the Iran-Contra affair. (Poindexter and North had their convictions thrown out; Secord and Hakim both received probation after each pleaded guilty to a single count.)
The Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee approved sweeping agricultural reforms, and elected the party's 100 members to the Congress of People's Deputies, a new legislative body.
South African President F.W. de Klerk announced that exiled African National Congress leaders would be allowed to return home for talks with the white-led government.
In a broadcast address, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein promised to allow multiparty democracy.
US skaters Kristi Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan swept the World Figure Skating Championships in Munich, Germany.
New York Mayor David Dinkins was booed as he marched with an Irish-American gay group during the city's St. Patrick's Day parade.
Seven members of country singer Reba MacEntire's band and her tour manager were killed when their chartered plane crashed into a mountain about 25 miles southeast of San Diego, California.
Robert J. Eaton, head of General Motors' profitable European operations, joined Chrysler Corporation as Chairman Lee Iacocca's future successor.
President Clinton met with ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide; afterward, Clinton announced he was sending a special envoy to Haiti to seek a return to democracy.
Russia agreed to phase out production of weapons-grade plutonium.
Figure skater Tonya Harding pleaded guilty in Portland, Oregon, to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for covering up the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan, avoiding jail but drawing a $100,000 fine.
NASA astronaut Norman Thagard was welcomed aboard the Russian space station "Mir" as the first American to visit the orbiting outpost.
House Republicans pushed through $17 billion in spending cuts, prompting a veto threat by the White House.
For the first time, ordinary citizens were allowed inside the central archives of the former East German secret police, the hated Stasi security agency.
In his weekly radio address, President Clinton accused the Republican-controlled House of bowing to "the back-alley whispers of the gun lobby" by gutting anti-terrorism legislation he'd submitted in response to the Oklahoma City bombing.
At the request President Clinton, Russia's Boris Yeltsin agreed to delay their upcoming summit by one day
In a long-awaited document that Jewish leaders immediately criticized, the Vatican expressed remorse for the cowardice of some Christians during the Holocaust, but defended the actions of Pope Pius the 12th. Jews expressed dissatisfaction with the landmark document entitled "We Remember, a Reflection on the Shoah."
Sweepstakes company American Family Publishers reached an agreement with 32 states to change the way it promotes its contests, such as reserving use of the term "winner" for contestants who have actually won. The company, which uses celebrity spokesmen Dick Clark and Ed McMahon, also would pay a total of $1.25 million to 26 states under the voluntary consent agreement.
Sergeant Major Gene McKinney, once the Army's top enlisted man, was reprimanded and demoted one rank by a jury that had convicted him of obstruction of justice in a sexual misconduct case.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers beat Chicago State 50-3 in an NCAA baseball game.
The Dow Jones industrial average briefly topped the 10,000 level, reaching a high of 10,001.78 before retreating.
The entire 20-member European Commission resigned following publication of a critical report on sloppy management and cronyism.
Independent Counsel Robert Ray said he found no credible evidence that Hillary Rodham Clinton or senior White House officials had sought FBI background files of Republicans.
Thomas Wilson Ferebee, the "Enola Gay" bombardier who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, died in Windermere, Florida, at age 81. _____________________________________________________________
Vodafone buys Connex and Oskar
Mother of the Detroit Tigers baseball player Urbina was kidnapped by FARC leader
UK Chancellor of the Exchequer makes Budget speech
Suspect in Atlanta courtroom shooting gets hearing
Australians may choose to change head of state beyond Queen Elizabeth II: Howard
Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal threatened by possible lawsuit
United Nations General Assembly votes to establish UN Human Rights Council
Demonstrators protest Condoleezza Rice's trip to Australia
Massive ice deposits found on Mars
Rare Patek Philippe watches to be highlighted at Antiquorum
Bottled water in Canada recalled due to arsenic concerns
Cricket World Cup: England vs New Zealand
Friendly fire killing of Lance Corporal Matty Hull deemed unlawful
Cricket World Cup: South Africa vs Netherlands
Warmest global winter on record according to NOAA
Teenager stabbed to death in east London
Football: McClaren names England squad
Football: Ties announced in UEFA Cup
Edinburgh Building Services wins national award
Lewis Hamilton wins Australian Grand Prix
Concert for peace held on Colombian-Venezuelan border
Protesters arrested at anti-Scientology event in Atlanta
Tibetans say 80 killed in protests; China continues to crack down
Thousands attend anti-war protests in London and Glasgow
Congressional Hispanic Caucus blocks vote to increase visa number
National Hockey League news: March 16, 2008
Play.com Live multimedia exposition hosted at Wembley Stadium, England
HSK Kormoran found, the search for HMAS Sydney continues
Crane levels New York City townhouse, leaving 4 dead
Tour de Taiwan Stage 8: A great ending for John Murphy
Alitalia conditionally accepts joint bid by Air France and KLM
Maldives to become the world's first carbon-neutral country
US Fed chairman Bernanke says recession could end this year
Coup in Madagascar; opposition leader backs army
Search for survivors of Canadian helicopter crash ends, recovery mission focuses on victims
25 dead after fire in Chinese coal mine
Israeli foreign minister reportedly boycotts Brazilian President's visit
Muammar al-Gaddafi: Divide Nigeria in two to avoid bloodshed
Nigerian city hit by bomb blasts after rebel warning
Six killed and hundreds injured in Bahrain
Japanese emperor makes live television appearance after earthquake
King of Bahrain declares state of emergency
English hard rock band The Darkness reunites
Israel seizes ship claimed to be carrying weapons for Gaza
Wildfire affects Lolol, Chile area; yellow alert lifted
Florida prisons ban inmate smoking
Barcelona footballer Ãric Abidal to undergo liver transplant