Death of St. Cyril of Jerusalem
Gregory III consecrated Pope
St. Edward the Martyr, king of the English, was murdered at Corfe Castle on the orders of his stepmother, eager to see her son Ethelred crowned king.
1st Lateran Council (9th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
Death of Pope Honorius III
Fredrick II Hohenstaufen crowns himself King of Jerusalem
Scottish Earls pledge common cause with Llywelyn ap Gruffudd
Alexander III, King of Scotland born
Burning of 39 Knights Templar in France, including Jacques de Molay, 23rd and Last Master of the Templars
Savonarola preaches his Farewell Sermon
Death of Giuliano de Medici, in Fiesole
De Soto observes 1st recorded flood in America (Mississippi River)
Princess Elizabeth sent to the Tower for suspected rebel complicity
Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, returns to Edinburgh 1
Death of St. Salvator of Horta
Death of Ivan IV, "the Terrible," Czar of Russia
Frederick III, King of Norway and Denmark born
Bartholomew Legate became the last person burned in England for his religious opinions
The first buses, eight-seat vehicles known as "carrosses a cinq solz," began running in Paris, France.
Britain repealed the Stamp Act.
John C. Calhoun, the first U.S. vice president to resign that office born
David Melville of Newport, Rhode Island, received a patent for the gas streetlight.
The 22nd and 24th president of the United States, Grover Cleveland, was born in Caldwell, New Jersey. Cleveland was the only U.S. President to serve two non-consecutive terms in office. born
Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov, composer born
American Express founded.
German engineer Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the engine that bears his name born
The Congress of the Confederate States adjourned for the last time.
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain born
The insurrection of Paris against the French government began. The rebels, known as the Communards, were defeated in May.
Barnum and Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth opens in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
At a banquet through a letter Lord Stanley presents the idea of a silver cup challenge for Hockey (Stanley Cup) The cup cost $50.
Robert P. Tristram Coffin, poet born
Enrico Caruso became the first classical singer to produce a decent record. Only he could sing loudly and piercingly enough to be clearly heard over the surface noise of the primitive gramophone. Caruso made his recordings in a hotel room in Milan. He was then 29.
Einar Dessau of Denmark used a short-wave transmitter to converse with a government radio post about six miles away in what's believed to have been the first broadcast by a "ham" operator.
The opera, "Pipe of Desire," was first performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Frederick Sheperd Converse wrote the work that turned out to be the first opera by an American composer to be performer at the Met.
The Order of DeMolay was established in Kansas City.
Mohandas K. Gandhi was sentenced in India to six years imprisonment for civil disobedience. (He was released after two years.)
Peter Graves, actor (Mission Impossible, Airplane) born
Composer John Kander born
George Plimpton, author, jack-of-all-trades born
The "Radio Times" magazine published an article by George Bernard Shaw in which Shaw declared that "jazz... is the old dance band Beethovenized."
Schick, Inc. marketed the first electric razor in Stamford, Connecticut.
John Updike, poet and novelist born
A natural gas explosion at a public school in New London, Texas, killed 410 people, most of them children.
Country singer Charley Pride born
Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini held a meeting at the Brenner Pass during which the Italian dictator agreed to join in Germany's war against France and Britain.
Singer Wilson Pickett born
Once again the nation began to awake to the sound of the alarm clock. During World War II, alarm clocks became precious commodities. They went on sale once again in Chicago, Illinois.
The Japanese released suicide bombs, mechanized flying bombs piloted by young Japanese soldiers against the U.S. aircraft carries fleet attacking the Japanese fleet in the Kure-Kobe area.
First plastic lens for cataract patients fitted, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In the first major-league baseball relocation since 1903, the Boston Braves announced their plans to move to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After two more decades, the Braves moved south to Atlanta, Georgia.
RKO Pictures was sold and became the first motion picture studio to be owned by an individual. Howard Hughes purchased the studio for $23,489,478.
President Eisenhower signed the Hawaii statehood bill.
Actor Thomas Ian Griffith born
Singer James McMurtry born
France and Algerian rebels agreed to a truce.
Former president of South Africa, (Frederik Willem) F.W. de Klerk born
Singer actress Vanessa Williams born
Olympic gold medal speedskater Bonnie Blair born
Country musician Scott Saunders (Sons of the Desert) born
The first spacewalk took place as Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov left his "Voskhod Two" capsule and remained outside the spacecraft for 20 minutes, secured by a tether.
Rock musician Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) born
The oil tanker Torrey Canyon was wrecked off the Cornish coast in England, spilling 910,000 barrels of oil into the sea.
Rock singer-musician Miki Berenyi (Lush) born
Rapper-actress Queen Latifah ("Living Single") born
Rock musician Stuart Zender born
Most of the Arab oil-producing nations ended their embargo against the United States.
Singer Devin Lima (LFO) is 23. born
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was found guilty of ordering the assassination of an opponent and sentenced to death.
Iranian authorities detained American feminist Kate Millett, one day before deporting her and a companion for what were termed "provocations."
Jordan's King Hussein, leading an Arab League delegation in London, expressed pessimism about the possibility of joining Middle East peace negotiations as urged by the Reagan administration.
Capital Cities Incorporated announced it was acquiring American Broadcasting Companies Incorporated for more than $3.5 billion.
The U.S. Treasury announced that a clear, polyester thread would be woven into currency in an effort to thwart counterfeiters.
Susan Butcher won her second consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, covering the distance from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, in eleven days, two hours, five minutes and 13 seconds.
The government of Panama, controlled by Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, declared a "state of urgency" in a move apparently aimed at forcing the reopening of banks and other businesses that closed during Panama's economic and political crisis.
The shuttle Discovery completed a five-day mission with landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
An alliance of conservative parties won a surprising victory in East Germany's first free elections.
Thieves made off with eleven valuable paintings from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston (the crime remains unsolved).
John Volker, Michigan Supreme Court Justice, fisherman, and author (Anatomy of a Murder), died.
Results from a non-binding Soviet referendum showed overwhelming support for preserving the union, a victory for President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. However, in a boost for Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin, voters in his republic also endorsed electing the federation president by direct ballot
National Football League owners voted to drop the use of instant videotape replays to settle disputed calls during games.
South African President F.W. de Klerk claimed victory for his reforms a day after a whites-only referendum on whether to end apartheid.
On Capitol Hill, the House approved President Clinton's deficit-reduction blueprint on a virtual party-line 243-to-183 vote.
The space shuttle Columbia returned from a two-week mission.
Muslim and Croat leaders signed agreements to create a Bosnian federation.
Published reports said first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton had made nearly $100,000 from the commodities market in the late 1970's on an initial investment of only $1,000.
The U.N. Security Council unanimously condemned the Hebron mosque massacre.
Spain had its first royal wedding in 89 years as Princess Elena married a banker, Jaime de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada, in Seville.
The United States Catholic Conference's administrative board criticized a Republican welfare reform plan, saying it would hurt poor children and could push women to have abortions.
Michael Jordan rejoined the Chicago Bulls ending his 17-month retirement from basketball.
Rejecting an insanity defense, a jury in Dedham, Massachusetts, convicted John C. Salvi the Third of murdering two women in a pair of attacks at two Boston-area abortion clinics in December (Salvi later committed suicide in his prison cell.)
Bulldozers began clearing away rocks and earth for a Jewish housing project in disputed east Jerusalem, triggering Palestinian protests.
Labor Secretary-designate Alexis Herman got a generally favorable reception from Democrats and Republicans alike at her Senate confirmation hearing.
Former Arkansas Govenor Jim Guy Tucker testified before a Whitewater grand jury for the first time since negotiating a plea agreement in February with independent counsel Kenneth Starr. Tucker said he reviewed documents with the jury, but would not disclose if they involved President Clinton or Hillary Rodham Clinton. "I have said before that what may be important to some people, may not be important to others," he said.
A presidential yacht that served several administrations sold at an auction of Kennedy memorabilia for just under $6 million on the first day of a controversial sale where many items went unsold. The 92-foot yacht was bought by an unidentified telephone bidder for $5,942,500 on the first day of a two-day auction held by Guernsey's auction house.
Julie Hiatt Steele, a former friend of Kathleen Willey's, released a sworn affidavit undercutting Willey's claim that President Clinton had made an unwanted sexual advance toward her in 1993. (Steele said Willey had instructed her to tell Newsweek that Willey had confided the alleged episode to her immediately after it happened; Steele said she first heard about the accusation in 1997.)
The Kosovar Albanian delegation signed a U.S.-sponsored peace accord following talks in Paris; the Clinton administration warned NATO would act against Serb targets if Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic didn't accept the agreement.
Taiwan ended more than a-half century of Nationalist Party rule, electing an opposition leader (Chen Shui-bian) whose party favored Taiwan's formal independence from the rest of China. _____________________________________________________________
Maradona honored with the keys to Cartagena
Robot Zoe detects life in Atacama Desert
Tibetans demands that China releases Panchen Lama boy
Drinking habits tied to genes
Irish mobile penetration rate hits 94%
Tsunami exposes ancient ruins in India
English Wikipedia hits 500,000 article milestone
Chechnya chopper crash kills 15
Fireball generated in U.S. laboratory resembles black hole
Wolfowitz picked for top spot at World Bank
Brazilian Abin director: no proof linking FARC money to PT
No talks until IRA "criminal activity" dealt with
Second Gold for NZ: Commonwealth Games
No charges over election spending for New Zealand Labour party
China enters the low-cost laptop competition
Putin promises to continue energy production increases
Prosecution to proceed with alternate witnesses in Moussaoui trial
Australian DFAT director knew of trucking company involved in alleged Iraqi kickbacks
Train kills seven on TV show
Macasana, India priest killed
Minority mars Paris CPE protest
Thousands in San Francisco protest US wars
Lahar at New Zealand's Mount Ruapehu
Kimi RÃ¤ikkÃ¶nen wins Australian Grand Prix
Pakistan's judicial crisis deepens as police attack and seal private news channel
Canadian government faces elections speculation
Cricket World Cup: England vs Canada
Cricket World Cup: Australia vs Netherlands
Boy Scout missing in North Carolina, U.S.A.
Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer dies at age 58
St. Patrick's Day around the world
Indonesia grounds Adam Air; may be permanently shut down in three months
Taipei Cycle: Interview with Fma International about the design of "Champion Cheongsam"
Climate change impacts Wyoming
NASA: Old Arctic sea ice continues to melt
Barack Obama gives speech on racial division
Dalai Lama threatens to resign if situation in Tibet worsens
Russian Wikipedia reaches a quarter million articles
National Hockey League news: March 18, 2008
Former Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Fumo convicted of fraud, corruption
Madoff prosecutors want assets from wife and children
US president Obama, Congress call for blocking of executive bonuses at AIG insurance company
"Virtual fence" along US-Mexico border scrapped
UN reports 222,570 dead in Haiti earthquake
At least eight dead after drone strikes in Pakistan
Chilean earthquakes: in pictures
Italian police deal strong blow to Mafia network
Nigeria's cabinet dissolved by acting president
Thirteen dead after ethnic clashes in Nigeria
People from Pichilemu, Chile leave La Cruz Hill
Fire at tombs in Uganda result in clashes between protestors and police
In pictures: Japan earthquake and tsunami
United Nations says Ivory Coast shelling may be 'war crime'
Japan raises severity level of crisis; efforts to cool damaged nuclear power plant continue
British electronica band Faithless to separate
Power line to Japanese nuclear plant completed
Japanese stocks continue to fall after earthquake
Conflicting reports, mounting fear, over Japanese nuclear disaster
Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 9 browser
South African serial killer guilty of nineteen rapes, sixteen murders
New York Times to start charging for access to web news
King George Tupou V of Tonga dies in Hong Kong hospital
Imminent danger of famine in the Sahel
News briefs: March 17, 2012
North Korea plans to launch long-range rocket
Football: Both Manchester teams out of Europe as Bilbao and Sporting profit
FA Cup game abandoned after Fabrice Muamba collapses on pitch
Swiss woman gang-raped in Madhya Pradesh, India