15 MARCH
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Andrew Jackson, 1767
  • MacDonald Carey, 1913
  • Lew Wasserman, 1913
  • Harry James, 1916
  • Norm Van Brocklin, 1926
  • Ruth Bader Ginsberg, 1933
  • Jimmy Swaggart, 1935
  • Judd Hirsch, 1935
  • Mike Love, 1941
  • Sly Stone, 1944
  • Ry Cooder, 1947
  • Kate Nelligan, 1951

Died On This Day:

  • Julius Caesar assassinated, 44 BC
  • Franz Anton Mesmer, 1815
  • Luigi Cherubini, 1842
  • Henry Bessemer, 1898
  • H. P. Lovecraft, 1937
  • Duncan Hines , 1959
  • Aristotle Onassis, 1975
  • Jo Mielziner, 1976
  • René Clair, 1981
  • Dame Rebecca West, 1983
  • Tom Harmon, 1990
  • Florence Chadwick, 1995
  • Dr. Benjamin Spock, 1998
  • Ann Sothern, 2001
  • Ron Silver, 2009
  • David Brenner, 2014

Today's Events:

  • 44 BC - Julius Caesar stabbed by Brutus and Cassius at the Senate in Rome.
  • 1493 - Columbus returns to Spain after first voyage to new world.
  • 1776 - South Carolina establishes its own government, thereby becoming the first colony to declare independence from Britain.
  • 1812 - Second settlement of Russians in America at Cazadero, California.
  • 1820 - Maine becomes 23rd state admitted to Union.
  • 1848 - Hungarian Revolution against Austrian rule begins under leadership of Louis Kossuth and Alex Petófi.
  • 1875 - First American Cardinal named by Pope Pius IX - John McCloskey, Archbishop of New York.
  • 1903 - British conquest Northern Nigeria.
  • 1913 - Woodrow Wilson admits reporters to White House for first Presidential press conference.
  • 1916 - President Woodrow Wilson sends 12,000 U.S. Troops to invade Mexico and chase revolutionary general Pancho Villa.
  • 1917 - Following February Revolution, Czar Nicholas II abdicates and is first imprisoned with his family at Alexander Palace.
  • 1919 - American Legion founded in Paris.
  • 1937 - First blood bank established in America.
  • 1939 - German troops invade Bohemia and Moravia.
  • 1945 - Academy Awards celebration at Grauman's Chinese Theatre is first to be broadcast on radio on ABC.
  • 1956 - 'My Fair Lady' starts 2,717 performance run in New York starring Rex Harrison & Julie Andrews.
  • 1959 - Northern Nigeria becomes self-governing.
  • 1964 - Nine days after the end of her marriage to Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor marries Richard Burton in Montreal, the first of their two marriages.
  • 1985 - Symbolics.com, the domain name of a Cambridge, MA computer firm, is the first to be registered.
  • 1990 - Mikhail Gorbachev is elected first executive president of the USSR.
  • 2019 - Massacre in Christchurch New Zealand: lone gunman kills 49 in two mosques - biggest mass killing in NZ history.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Clement Hofbauer
  • Louise de Marillac
  • Aristobalus
  • Celtic founder of church

Holiday:

  • Ides of March
  • Anniversary of the Bloodless Revolution in Hungary
  • Andrew Jackson Day celebrated in Tennessee

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • SHROVE TUESDAY. Day before Ash Wednesday. Also called Fastnacht (eve of the fast) in Germany, Carnival (farewell to meat) in Italy, Mardi Gras in Brazil and U.S. & Pancake Tuesday in Britain.
  • ASH WEDNESDAY, moveable feast day celebrated 40 days (ex-Sundays) before Easter.
  • PURIM or Feast of Lots (Jewish), celebrated on 14th or 15th of lunar month Adar.
  • HOLI (Hindu festival of Spring), celebrated early March
  • LENT, called Careme in France, Quaresima in Italy and the Great Fast in Eastern Orthodoxy. (between Feb and April)
  • SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FIRES, first Sunday in Lent.
  • CARLING SUNDAY, fifth Sunday in Lent celebrated in Britain
  • TENG CHIEH, Feast of lanterns in China (Fifteenth day of the First Moon)
  • PESACH or Passover (Jewish), begins 15th day of lunar month Nisan thru 22nd
  • PALM SUNDAY, Sunday before Easter and first day of Holy Week.
  • MAUNDY THURSDAY, Thursday before Easter
  • GOOD FRIDAY, Friday before Easter
  • LAILAT AL-QADR, I'D AL-FITR & IDU'L FITAR, Muslim Festivals
  • EASTER (SUNDAY) (March to May) the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox (March 22-April 25) in Western churches
  • CHING MING FESTIVAL & QING MING (Singapore), All Souls Day in Far East
  • NOTE; EASTER is also called Ostern in Germany and Switzerland, Pasqua in Italy, Pascua Florida or Domingo de Gloria in Spain, Pâques in France, Velykos in Lithuania, Wielkanoc in Polish, Pasha in Greece, Påske in Norway, Påskdagen in Sweden, Zadig in Armenia, Paschen in The Netherlands, Paschoa in Portugal,
  • EASTER MONDAY, Monday after Easter.
  • RAMA-NAVAMI, Hindu Festival of Rama, celebrated at the end of March
  • CH'ING MING, Festival of Pure Brightness in China (Beginning of second moon (about March 21)
  • NAEFELSERFAHRT, Swiss pilgrimage the first Thursday in April to Näfels
  • COMMONWEALTH DAY in Britain Second Monday in March
  • MOTHERING SUNDAY - fourth Sunday of Lent celebrated in England

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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