March 15
44 B.C.
On the “Ides of March,” Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the senate house by a group of conspirators led by Cimber, Casca, Cassius, and Marcus Junius Brutus.

Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first visit to the Western Hemisphere.

Maine became the 23rd state.

Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia, is forced to abdicate his throne (March 2, old style calendar).

The first hospital blood bank in the United States was established, in Chicago, at Cook County Hospital.

President Lyndon Johnson asked Congress for legislation guaranteeing every American the right to vote.

Hu Jintao was chosen to replace Jiang Zemin as the president of China.

Scientists reported the discovery of Sedna, the most distant object in the solar system.


Andrew Jackson
General, Seventh President of the United States (1767)

Emil von Behring
physician (1854)

Liberty Hyde Bailey
botanist (1858)

Lawrence Sanders
novelist (1920)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
associate justice (1933)

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