According to the Roman historian Ptolemy, Babylonian astronomers noted history's first recorded eclipse: an eclipse of the moon.
Maximinus proclaimed Emperor of Rome
Muhammed proclaims the "Day of Deliverance"
The Templars receive the Castle of Soure, from Queen Theresa of Portugal
The 2nd Crusade reaches Antioch
Election of Pope Gregory IX
Because of Frederick II Hohenstaufen's entry into Jerusalem, the Archbishop of Caesarea places Jerusalem under Interdict
The Church permits Aristotle to be taught in the Universities
Death of Alexander III, King of Scotland
Early on Palm Sunday the forces lead by the Scottish knight Sir James Douglas (aka Black Douglas, Good Sir James) annihlated the British troops occupying his castle, which later comes to be called the 'Douglas Larder'
Frederick III becomes the last Holy Roman Emperor crowned in Rome
Henry II, King of France (1547-59) born
King Henry VIII of England confiscates Church Annates
The Peace of Amboise ended the First War of Religion in France. The Huguenots were granted a limited amount of toleration.
William Bradford, governor of Plymouth colony for 30 years born
John IV, "the Fortunate," King of Portugal born
90 Puritan merchants (New England Co.) receive New World land patent; Massachusetts Colony founded
English Parliament abolishes the Monarchy
French explorer Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle -- the first European to navigate the length of the Mississippi River -- was murdered by mutineers in present-day Texas.
Scottish physician, missionary and explorer David Livingstone was born in Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland. The Scotsman exercised a formative influence upon Western attitudes toward Africa.
Explorer and translator of the Arabian Nights and the Kama Sutra, Sir Richard F. Burton was born to an English family living in Ireland. When he died in 1890, his wife, Isabel, burnt his unpublished manuscripts.
Beethoven gave Archduke Rudolph his "Missa Solemnis".
The first bank robbery in America was reported. The City Bank of New York City lost $245,000 in the heist.
During the Taiping Rebellion in China, the rebels captured Nanking and renamed it T'ien-ching (Heavenly Capital).
The opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod premiered in Paris.
American political leader William Jennings Bryan was born in Salem, Illinois. (d.1925) The "Silver-tongued Orator," as he was called, was a free silver advocate and a three-time presidential candidate.
Edith Nourse Rogers was born. She was a YMCA and Red Cross volunteer in France during World War I. She was the first woman to have her name attached to major legislation. She was reelected to the House 17 times.
Chief Justice Earl Warren born
The first all-Bartok concert was given in Budapest.
Actress Patricia Morison (Peyton Place) born
Irving Wallace, author (The People's Almanac) born
The US Supreme Court upheld the eight-hour work day for railroads.
Congress approved Daylight-Saving Time. The act authorized Congress to establish time zones for the U.S. It was also established to save fuel and to promote the economies in a country at war.
Tthe US Senate rejected for the second time the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of 49 in favor, 35 against, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed for approval.
Former White House national security adviser Brent Scowcroft born
Actor-director Patrick McGoohan born
Theologian Hans Kung born
"Amos and Andy" debuts on radio. Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll left WGN Radio in Chicago to head across town to WMAQ Radio. Due to contract limitations they weren't permitted to take their popular radio show names.
Nevada legalized gambling.
Australia's Sydney Harbor Bridge was officially opened.
Actress Nancy Malone born
Actress-singer Phyllis Newman born
Actress Renee Taylor born
Actress Ursula Andress born
Singer Clarence "Frogman" Henry born
With World War II under way, all men in the United States between the ages of 45 and 64, about 13 million, were ordered to register with the draft boards for non-military duty.
Lynda Bird Johnson Robb born
About eight hundred people were killed as Kamikaze planes attacked the US carrier "Franklin" off Japan; the ship, however, was saved.
Adolf Hitler issued his so-called "Nero Decree," ordering the destruction of German facilities that could fall into Allied hands.
Singer Ruth Pointer (The Pointer Sisters) born
Rock musician (The Zombies) Paul Atkinson born
The quickest main event in the history of Madison Square Garden in New York City, a crowd of spectators watch Lee Savold knock out Gino Buonvino in 54 seconds of the first round of their prize fight.
The American Museum of Atomic Energy opened in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Herman Wouk's war novel "The Caine Mutiny" is published. He later won a Pulitzer Prize for the novel.
Composer Chris Brubeck born
The Academy Awards ceremony was televised for the first time. "The Greatest Show on Earth" was named best picture of 1952. NBC paid $100,000 for the rights to broadcast the event. Bob Hope was the host.
Viewers saw the first televised prize fight shown in living color as Joey Giardello knocked out Willie Tory in round seven of a scheduled 10-round bout at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Rock musician (The Bay City Rollers) Derek Longmuir born
Elvis Presley purchased a mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, and named it "Graceland."
The Great St. Bernard Tunnel under the Alps between Switzerland and Italy was opened to traffic.
Rock musician Gert Bettens (K's Choice) born
Buckingham Palace announced the separation of Princess Margaret and her husband, the Earl of Snowdon, after 16 years of marriage.
The US House of Representatives began televising its day-to-day business.
An Argentine scrap metal dealer landed on South Georgia in the Atlantic Ocean and planted an Argentinean flag. The situation escalated and eventually led to the Falklands war.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights charged that the White House and federal agencies had impeded its work by withholding documents, and notified President Reagan that it would issue subpoenas to obtain them.
TV Show "Kate and Allie" premieres.
In a legislative victory for President Reagan, the Senate voted, 55-to-45, to authorize production of the M-X missile.
IBM announced that it was planning to stop making the ill fated PCjr consumer-oriented computer. In the 16 months the PCjr was on the market, only 240,000 units were sold.
Televangelist Jim Bakker resigned as chairman of his PTL ministry organization amid a sex and money scandal involving Jessica Hahn, a former church secretary.
President Reagan, in a news conference, repudiated his policy of selling arms to Iran, saying, "I would not go down that road again."
Two British soldiers were shot to death after they were dragged from a car and beaten by mourners attending an Irish Republican Army funeral in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Alfredo Cristiani of the right-wing ARENA party was elected president of El Salvador, defeating Fidel Chavez Mena of the Christian Democratic Party.
Latvia's political opposition claimed victory in the republic's first free elections in 50 years, and reformers also claimed victories in crucial runoffs held in Russia, Byelorussia and the Ukraine.
The Labor Department reported that consumer prices, benefiting from a big monthly decline in gasoline prices, had edged upward only two-tenths of a percentage point the previous month.
Democrat Paul Tsongas pulled out of the presidential race, leaving Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton the clear favorite to capture their party's nomination.
Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White announced plans to retire. (White's departure paved the way for Ruth Bader Ginsburg to become the court's second female justice.)
Two composers famous mainly for movie music re-entered the recorded repertory with their "longhair" stuff. Koch released a recording of James Sedares and the New Zealand Symphony doing works of Miklos Rozsa, including a Hungarian Nocturne and Three Hungarian Sketches.
Talks between North Korea and South Korea collapsed, imperiling a U.S.-brokered deal to resolve the North Korean nuclear dispute.
In his weekly radio address, President Clinton promised to tell people "all across America about our health reform plan and what it really means.""
Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Jewish settlers, killing two people.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth started an historic state visit to post-apartheid South Africa.
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole wrapped up the Republican presidential nomination with solid primary victories in four Midwestern states.
Sarajevo again became a united city after four years when Moslem-Croat authorities took control of the last district held by Serbs.
President Clinton rolled out a $1.64 trillion election-year budget, promising it would invigorate the economy, erase federal deficits and cut taxes.
Artist Willem de Kooning, considered one of the 20th century's greatest painters, died in East Hampton, New York, at age 92.
Following the withdrawal of Anthony Lake, President Clinton nominated acting CIA Director George Tenet to head the nation's spy agency.
President Clinton departed Washington for his summit in Helsinki, Finland, with Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
A throng of 30,000 ethnic Albanian mourners filed through the dusty streets of Pec to bury the latest victim of violence in the Serbian province of Kosovo. Qerim Muriqi, 52, was shot dead the previous day as he walked toward the center of Pec to take part in a demonstration. Five other Albanians were reported wounded.
Completing baseball's transformation from family ownership to corporate control, Rupert Murdoch's Fox Group won approval to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers for a record $350 million.
Ice and snow storms across parts of the High Plains closed schools and highways and downed powerlines. Ice and winds left thousands without power when lines in western Kansas snapped during the late winter storm. Several inches of snow fell in northern Oklahoma and western Kansas, closing schools and businesses in both states.
At a White House news conference, President Clinton prepared the nation for airstrikes against Serbian targets following the collapse of Kosovo peace talks in Paris.
A powerful bomb shattered an outdoor food market in Vladikavkaz, Russia, killing at least 53 people.
President Clinton arrived near New Delhi on the first presidential visit to India in 22 years as he opened a six-day trip through troubled South Asia. _____________________________________________________________
Cassini discovers Saturn moon atmosphere
Wales win Grand Slam, RBS Six Nations and the Triple Crown
Europe marks second Iraq invasion anniversary
Japan will not shoot down missiles headed for allies
Rice pushes for fresh nuclear talks with North Korea
Lebanese President to skip Arab Summit
Pakistan test fires nuclear-capable missile
Texas representative proposes to outlaw 'sexy' cheerleading
Labor claims victory in two Australian state elections
Second oil disaster in Estonia within two months
Avian flu cause of Egyptian woman's death
Report Specifies 'Black Room' of Abuse in Iraq
More medals for NZ: Commonwealth Games
PlayStation 3 delayed until November
Polling data on President Bush's approval rating indicates recent decline
Personal relationship between Bush and McCallum questioned
100s of thousands take to the streets across France
Queensland braces for category 5 cyclone
65th running of the Aiken Trials held
Canadian Green Party leader set to challenge MacKay for seat
Senior Russian official questions role of NATO, Eurasian Economic Community
Former Arizona Governor says he saw a UFO during the 1997 Phoenix Lights
Google's YouTube to present its best video awards
Doctor robbed, car-jacked and locked in boot while car set alight
Black registrar to hold mass wedding in Belgium
Cricket World Cup: India vs Bermuda
Cricket World Cup: West Indies vs Zimbabwe
Contaminated pet food causes massive recall
Football: Ronaldo penalty sends United to FA Cup semifinals
A380 makes maiden flight to US
Football: Chelsea beat out Spurs in FA Cup replay
Methane gas explosion at Ulyanovskaya Mine kills at least 108
George Bush and Irish Prime Minister attend reception at White House to commemorate St. Patrick's day
George Bush discusses Iraq 5 years after invasion
UAE launches national authority for scientific research
Pakistan's parliament elects first female speaker
Three of Serbia's neighbours recognize Kosovo
Hubble detects methane on distant planet
McCanns granted newspaper apologies
Visionary and author Arthur C. Clarke dead at age 90
Moldova's Prime Minister Vasile Tarlev resigns
Pennsylvania Amish farmer jailed for outhouse violations
7.9 magnitude earthquake strikes near Tonga, tsunami generated
US supports UN gay rights declaration
Harlan Ellison sues CBS-Paramount, WGA over Star Trek royalties
Usain Bolt to run 150 metre race in Manchester
British actress Natasha Richardson dies at age 45
North Korean military detains two American journalists
Monty Python's "Holy Hand Grenade" sparks bomb scare
Seismologist Mario Pardo rebukes notion that Pichilemu, Chile experiencing "seismic swarm"
ICANN approves .xxx domain for pornography
Crucifixes can be displayed in state schools, European court rules
Israel bombarding Gaza after Hamas mortar attack
BBC DJ duo break radio record
French aircraft on flights over Libya; US missiles launched at targets
US and UK forces join Libyan attack
UN carries out first review of US human rights record
45 killed after Yemen protesters fired upon
Part of California highway near Big Sur falls into the sea
Adam Folkard and Nick Norton ready for more men's softball
Japanese national team beats ACT softball team
IOC visits Madrid as part of 2020 Olympic bid process