March 15th

2008
A construction crane toppled in New York City, killing seven people.
Mecca crane collapse
2004
Scientists reported the discovery of Sedna, the most distant object in the solar system.
90377 Sedna
2003
The World Health Organization issued a worldwide health alert for the respiratory illness SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).
Severe acute respiratory syndrome
1990
Mikhail Gorbachev becomes President of the Soviet Union. His economic and political reforms, as well as his advocacy of free speech, strengthened pro-democracy movements in other Eastern European countries and ultimately led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War.
Mikhail Gorbachev
1985
The world's first internet domain name is registered. symbolics.com was registered by the Symbolics Computer Corporation of Massachusetts. There are over 1 billion domains today.
List of the oldest currently registered Internet domain names ...
1975
Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, the husband of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, died at age 69.
Aristotle Onassis
1972
'The Godfather', Francis Ford Coppola's epic gangster movie based on the Mario Puzo novel and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premiered in New York.
The Godfather
1965
Addressing a joint session of Congress, President Lyndon B. Johnson called for new legislation to guarantee every American's right to vote.
Voting Rights Act of 1965
1962
Five research groups announce the discovery of anti-matter.
Francis Crick
1956
The Lerner and Loewe musical "My Fair Lady" opened on Broadway.
My Fair Lady
1937
The first hospital blood bank in the United States was established, in Chicago, at Cook County Hospital.
Cadaveric blood transfusion
1919
The American Legion was founded in Paris.
American Legion
1917
The last emperor of Russia abdicates. Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated following the February Revolution. He was later executed together with his family and some of his servants.
Nicholas II of Russia
1913
President Woodrow Wilson met with about 100 reporters for the first formal presidential press conference.
Woodrow Wilson
1895
Enrico Caruso makes his stage debut. The Italian tenor is arguably the most famous opera singer of all time.
Enrico Caruso
1820
Maine became the 23rd state.
State of Maine
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'etat never takes place.
Newburgh Conspiracy
1493
Christopher Columbus returned to Spain, concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
Voyages of Christopher Columbus
221
Liu Bei, a Chinese warlord and member of the Han royal house, declares himself Emperor of Shu-Han, claiming legitimate succession to the Han Dynasty.
Shu Han