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March 15 Historical Events

The following events took place on March 15. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 48 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 44 BC
    Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, is stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March.
  • 221
    Liu Bei, a Chinese warlord and member of the Han royal house, declares himself emperor of Shu Han and claims his legitimate succession to the Han dynasty.
  • 280
    Sun Hao of Eastern Wu surrenders to Sima Yan which began the Jin dynasty.
  • 351
    Constantius II elevates his cousin Gallus to Caesar, and puts him in charge of the Eastern part of the Roman Empire.
  • 493
    Odoacer, the first barbarian King of Italy after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, is slain by Theoderic the Great, king of the Ostrogoths, while the two kings were feasting together.
  • 933
    After a ten-year truce, German King Henry the Fowler defeats a Hungarian army at the Battle of Riade near the Unstrut river.
  • 1311
    Battle of Halmyros: The Catalan Company defeats Walter V, Count of Brienne to take control of the Duchy of Athens, a Crusader state in Greece.
  • 1493
    Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his first trip to the Americas.
  • 1545
    First meeting of the Council of Trent.
  • 1564
    Mughal Emperor Akbar abolishes “jizya” (per capita tax).
  • 1672
    Charles II of England issues the Royal Declaration of Indulgence.
  • 1781
    American Revolutionary War: Battle of Guilford Court House – Near present-day Greensboro, North Carolina, 1,900 British troops under General Charles Cornwallis defeat an American force numbering 4,400.
  • 1783
    In an emotional speech in Newburgh, New York, George Washington asks his officers not to support the Newburgh Conspiracy. The plea is successful and the threatened coup d'état never takes place.
  • 1819
    French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel wins a contest at the Academie des Sciences in Paris by proving that light behaves like a wave. The Fresnel integrals, still used to calculate wave patterns, silence skeptics who had backed the particle theory of Isaac Newton.
  • 1820
    Maine becomes the 23rd U.S. state.
  • 1848
    A revolution breaks out in Hungary. The Habsburg rulers are compelled to meet the demands of the Reform party.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The Red River Campaign : U.S. Navy fleet arrives at Alexandria, Louisiana.
  • 1874
    France and Viet Nam sign the Second Treaty of Saigon, further recognizing the full sovereignty of France over Cochinchina.
  • 1875
    Archbishop of New York John McCloskey is named the first cardinal in the United States.
  • 1877
    First ever official cricket test match is played: Australia vs England at the MCG Stadium, in Melbourne, Australia.
  • 1888
    Start of the Anglo-Tibetan War of 1888.
  • 1892
    Liverpool F.C. is founded.
  • 1906
    Rolls-Royce Limited is incorporated.
  • 1916
    United States President Woodrow Wilson sends 4,800 United States troops over the U.S.–Mexico border to pursue Pancho Villa.
  • 1917
    Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicates the Russian throne and his brother the Grand Duke becomes Tsar.
  • 1921
    Talaat Pasha, former Grand Vizir of the Ottoman Empire and chief architect of the Armenian Genocide is assassinated in Berlin by 23-year-old Armenian, Soghomon Tehlirian.
  • 1922
    After Egypt gains nominal independence from the United Kingdom, Fuad I becomes King of Egypt.
  • 1926
    The dictator Theodoros Pangalos is elected President of Greece without opposition.
  • 1927
    The first Women’s Boat Race between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge takes place on The Isis in Oxford.
  • 1931
    SS Viking explodes off Newfoundland, killing 27 of the 147 on board.

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