0044 B.C. On the "Ides of March", Julius Caesar was stabbed to death
in the senate house by a group of conspirators.
1493 Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first visit to
the Western Hemisphere.
1767 * Andrew Jackson, seventh US President.
1869 The Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first all-professional
1887 The first ever Test Match was played at Melbourne in Australia,
1909 American tycoon G S Selfridge, opened his first store in
1917 Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia, abdicated as the Russian
Revolution reached a climax.
1933 Adolf Hitler proclaimed the Third Reich.
1935 * Judd Hirsch, US comedy actor who starred in the hit
television series, Taxi.
1937 The first hospital blood bank in the United States was
established, in Chicago, at Cook County Hospital.
1941 * Mike Love, US singer and member of the pop group The Beach
1961 * Terence Trent d'Arby, US singer.
1962 The Liberals got their first by-election victory for four
years, by winning Orpington.
1964 Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were married in Montreal,
1974 Architect John Poulson was jailed for five years for bribing
public figures to win contracts.
1983 A letter bomb sent to the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was
defused by explosives experts.
1991 The USA and Albania restored diplomatic relations after 52
1990 Mikhail Gorbachev was elected the first executive president of
the Soviet Union. On the same day, the Soviet parliament ruled that
Lithuania's declaration of independence was illegal and Soviet law
was still in force in the Baltic republic.
1990 Iraqi authorities executed the Observer journalist Farzad
Bazoft in Baghdad.
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