Ovid [Publius Ovidius Naso] born
An earthquake hits Antioch, Syria
Death of St. Martin of Braga
Death of St. Cuthbert of Lindesfarne
18th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet (Yeomans & Kiang)
The Thomasschule of Leipzig was founded. Bach was to work there, 500 years later.
Yet another excommunication of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor
Philip IV "the Fair," King of France, arrives in Vienne at the head of an army, which convinces to Pope to condemn the Templars
A triple conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars in the 40th degree of Aquarius ocurring on this day is (later) given as the reason for the Black Death
Death of St. John of Nepomuk
England's King Henry the Fourth died; he was succeeded by Henry the Fifth.
The Saragossa Instruction: a series of measures to encourage New World Natives to adopt Christianity and a settled way of life
Contract made by King Philip of Spain for the settlement of Florida
United East India Company was chartered by States-General of Holland. During its 96-year history, it became one of the world's most powerful companies.
Walter Raleigh freed from Tower of London to look for gold in Guiana
Death of Mathias II, Holy Roman Emperor
Etienne Audibert condemned for witchcraft in France
Magdeburg destroyed by Imperial forces, estimated 25,000 dead
The "Committee of Triers" appointed by Cromwell
Physicist, mathematician and astronomer Sir Isaac Newton died in London.
Boccherini played a cello sonata in Paris. The 25-year-old composer's debut concert was not a success.
Holland ceded Nagapatam, Madras, India, to Britain.
The French army under J.B. Kleber defeated the Turks at Helipolis, Turkey, and began advancing toward Cairo, Egypt.
Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris, beginning his "Hundred Days" rule.
The US Supreme Court, in its "Martin v. Hunter's Lessee" ruling, affirmed its right to review state court decisions.
Adventurer and writer Edward Judson, originator of the dime novel born
Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen born
The United States and Siam (now Thailand) concluded a commercial treaty in Bangkok.
The Second Sikh War between Sikhs and Britain began in India.
Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was published. The book sold 300,000 copies in its first year. It was the first book to sell 1,000,000 copies.
Frederick Winslow Taylor, father of scientific management born
A plan by John Wilkes Booth to abduct President Abraham Lincoln was foiled when Lincoln changed plans and failed to appear at the Soldier's Home near Washington, D.C.
US Marines landed in Nicaragua to protect US citizens in the wake of a revolution.
The first computing scale company, Dayton Scales, was incorporated in Dayton, Ohio.
U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua to protect U.S. citizens in the wake of a revolution.
The first intercollegiate basketball game that used five players per team was contested in New Haven, Connecticut. Yale defeated Pennsylvania by a score of 32-10.
Martha M. Place of Brooklyn, New York, became the first woman to be put to death by electrocution as she was executed at Sing Sing for the murder of her stepdaughter.
Psychologist B.F. Skinner born
Bandleader-turned-actor Ozzie Nelson was born. He appeared in five movies and the popular "Ozzie & Harriet" TV series with wife, Harriet and sons, David and Rickie.
Actress-dancer Ginger Rogers born
Butterworth's "The Banks of Green Willow" premiered.
The Allies agreed on the partitioning of Turkey.
Game show host Jack Barry born
The first flight between England and South Africa was completed by H.A. van Rejneveld and C.J. Brand.
Producer-director-comedian Carl Reiner born
Comedian Ray Goulding born
Former Nixon White House aide John Ehrlichman born
Children's TV host Fred Rogers born
The first German concentration camp was opened at Dachau.
The first practical tests of radar were carried out at Kiel Harbor, Germany, by Dr. Rudolph Kuenhold.
Actor Ted Bessell (That Girl) born
Country singer Don Edwards born
Former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney born
Former Yale University president Benno C. Schmidt Jr. born
TV producer Paul Junger Witt born
Country singer-musician Ranger Doug (Riders in the Sky) born
Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Orr born
First live televised musical Eugene Ormandy on CBS followed in 90 minutes by second live televised musical Arturo Toscvanni on NBC.
Rock musician Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) born
Rock musician Jimmy Vaughan (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) born
Indy 500 driver Geoff Brabham born
South Africa's Supreme Court invalidated race legislation of D.F. Malan.
Country musician Jimmy Seales (Shenandoah) born
France recognized the independence of Tunisia, with Bourguiba as president.
Union workers ended a 156-day strike at Westinghouse Electric Corporation.
Movie director Spike Lee born
Actress Theresa Russell born
Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway born
Britain accepted a NATO offer to mediate in Cyprus but Greece rejected the idea.
Actress Holly Hunter born
Rock musician Slim Jim Phantom (The Stray Cats) born
Actor-auto racer John Clark Gable born
A volcano on the island of Bali in the East Indies began erupting. The eventual death toll exceeded 1,500.
John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.
Actor Alexander Chaplin born
Nineteen mountain climbers were killed on Japan's Mount Fuji during an avalanche.
San Francisco newspaper heiress Patty Hearst was found guilty of bank robbery.
Voters in Paris chose former French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac to be the French capital's first mayor in more than a century.
Libby Riddles of Teller, Alaska, became the first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race, covering the distance from Anchorage to Nome in nearly 18 days.
For the first time in its 99-year history, Avon representatives began receiving a salary. Up to this time, the Avon lady was paid on a commission basis only.
The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 1800 for the first time.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of AZT, a drug shown to prolong the lives of some AIDS patients.
Eight-year-old DeAndra Anrig found herself airborne when the string of her kite was snagged by an airplane flying over Shoreline Park in Mountain View, California. (DeAndra was lifted ten feet off the ground and carried 100 feet until she let go; she was not seriously hurt.)
Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat blamed the Israeli government for escalating violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth confirmed that his office was investigating "serious allegations" involving Cincinnati Reds Manager Pete Rose. (Ueberroth's successor, A. Bartlett Giamatti, later banned Rose from baseball for betting on games.)
Namibia became an independent nation as the former colony marked the end of 75 years of South African rule.
A US jet fighter shot down an Iraqi warplane in the first air attack since the Gulf War cease-fire.
The Supreme Court ruled employers could not adopt "fetal protection" policies barring women of child-bearing age from certain hazardous jobs.
Eric Clapton's 4-year-old son Conor died after falling out of a 53rd story window of his mother's apartment in New York City. The tragedy inspires Clapton's song "Tears in Heaven."
April Glaspie, the US ambassador to Iraq, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Saddam Hussein had lied to her by denying he would invade Kuwait.
Iraq backed down under the threat of possible air raids and admitted to a far larger ballistic and chemical arsenal than it had previously disclosed.
Congress passed, and President Bush immediately vetoed, a Democratic tax cut for the middle class that would have been funded by a tax hike on the rich.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin declared emergency rule, setting a referendum on whether the people trusted him or the hard-line Congress to govern.
An Irish Republican Army bomb exploded in Warrington, England, killing three-year-old Johnathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry.
El Salvador held its first presidential election following the country's 12-year-old civil war. Armando Caleron Sol of the ARENA party led the vote, but needed to win a run-odd to achieve the presidency.
Commentator Pat Buchanan formally launched his presidential campaign in New Hampshire
In Tokyo, 12 people were killed, more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin leaked
The British government said that a rare brain disease that had killed 10 people was probably linked to so-called "mad cow disease."
A jury in Los Angeles convicted Erik and Lyle Menendez of first-degree murder in the shotgun slayings of their millionaire parents.
President Clinton and Boris Yeltsin opened talks in Helsinki, Finland, on the issue of NATO expansion.
Liggett Group, the maker of Chesterfield cigarettes, settled 22 state lawsuits by agreeing to warn on every pack that smoking is addictive and admitting the industry markets cigarettes to teen-agers.
President Clinton's lawyer, appearing before a federal court in Little Rock, Arkansas, declared that Paula Jones' evidence of sexual harassment was "garbage" unworthy of a trial.
Independent counsel Kenneth Starr and White House lawyers squared off over the invoking of executive privilege to block the testimony of key presidential aides in the White House sex scandal.
President Clinton slightly relaxed the U.S. attempt to isolate Cuba. He said would support humanitarian needs of the Cuban people and prepare them for democracy. Clinton would permit a resumption of direct humanitarian charter flights to the communist-ruled island, allow persons in the U.S. to send $1,200 per year to relatives in Cuba and expedite procedures for sales of medicine and medical supplies.
A tornado in rural northeast Georgia killed at least 13 people and injured 100.
The Yugoslav army, taking advantage of the departure of international monitors from Kosovo, launched a furious offensive against outgunned ethnic Albanian rebels.
Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland and Brian Jones of Britain became the first aviators to fly a hot-air balloon around the world nonstop.
President Clinton arrived in Bangladesh on the first such visit by an American president.
Pope John Paul the Second embarked on a strenuous and spiritual tour of the Holy Land, beginning with a stop in Jordan.
Former Black Panther Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, once known as H. Rap Brown, was captured in Alabama; he was wanted in the fatal shooting of a Fulton County, Georgia, sheriff's deputy. (Al-Amin maintains his innocence.) _____________________________________________________________
Explosion injures 11 in Beirut
Explosion kills Briton in Qatar; dozens injured
Explosion kills four policemen in Kirkuk; eight injured
Explosion kills 35 in Pakistan; many injured
Explosion injures at least 14 in Colorado
Powerful earthquake rocks southern Japan, tsunami warnings issued
The man who died in explosion in Qatar is named
South American channeled apple snail discovered in Georgia
Search engine Google sued
Communists protest arrest of FARC chancellor Rodrigo Granda
Lebanon's opposition holds Syria responsible for Beirut explosion
Explosion kills 42 miners in northern China; 27 missing
Lukashenko wins disputed Belarus elections
Keisha Castle-Hughes playing Virgin Mary
Cuba and Japan to play in WBC final
Crowe, Holmes succeed in takeover of Rabbitohs
Citizens protest Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal
Scotland wins Gold, Silver in 400m IM
Looted, possibly contaminated body parts transplanted into USA, Canadian patients
Utah father accused of using shock-collars to punish his children
Maria Menounos will present the Eurovision Song Contest
Federer wins Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells
French National assembly to approve copyright bill
Alfonso Soriano refuses to play
Landmine kills two in India
Apple Computer begins shipping its $299 Apple TV
Italian journalist freed by Afghan captors
North Korea boycotts talks on nuclear program
Cricket World Cup: South Africa vs Scotland
Bloc QuÃ©bÃ©cois support Canadian budget, Liberals, NDP oppose
Cricket World Cup: New Zealand vs Kenya
Missing boy scout from North Carolina found alive
Yahoo releases mobile phone search engine
Constitutionality of DNC Florida primary to be decided in appeal
Osama bin Laden warns European Union in new audio tape
National Hockey League news: March 20, 2008
UN: Military attacks on Darfur violated international law
After 9 months, Belgian coalition delivers government
Zenit rocket launches DirecTV-11 satellite
Canadian PM announces funding for US-Canada bridge crossing
US lawmakers approve bill taxing executive bonuses
Pink elephant spotted in Botswana
Bangladesh security tightened following Pilkhana massacre and Bashundhara City fire
Portions of Wikileaks, Wikipedia blocked in Australia
New Jersey real estate investor charged with $2 million theft
Bomb blast damages buildings in Athens
Pennsylvania state trooper found guilty of first-degree murder
New Jersey to consider bikini waxing ban
Documents show U.S. knew of Guatemalan human rights abuses
England and New Zealand vie for Women's Cricket World Cup
Rick Astley releases deluxe editions of his first two albums; prepares tour
Baby dies after being found abandoned behind shop in Gwent, Wales
Teen arrested in Wal-Mart racial case
Chile earthquakes: Government confirms 452 dead
House fire in Bristol, England kills two
Celebrity bear Knut dies suddenly at the Berlin Zoo
Ex US Secretary of State Warren Christopher dead aged 85
Funeral for Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria held in Cairo
Wendy's surpasses the King
Japanese national team decisively beats ACT 10-0 in four innings
Large Texas hospital dismisses 75 employees
British Chancellor George Osborne downgrades growth forecast in annual budget