March 19th

2011
The U.S. fired more than 100 cruise missiles from the sea while French fighter jets targeted Moammar Gadhafi's forces from the air, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war in support of an uprising.
2011 military intervention in Libya
2003
Invasion of Iraq by American and British led coalition begins without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion.
United Nations Security Council and the Iraq War
2001
California officials declared a power alert, ordering the first of two days of rolling blackouts.
California electricity crisis
1996
Sarajevo became a united city again after four years when Moslem-Croat authorities took control of the last district held by Serbs.
Siege of Sarajevo
1995
After giving up an attempt to become a major league baseball player, Michael Jodan returned to pro basketball with the Chicago Bulls.
1988
Two British soldiers were shot to death after they were dragged from a car and beaten by mourners attending an Irish Republican Army funeral in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Corporals killings
1987
Televangelist Jim Bakker resigned as chairman of his PTL ministry organization amid a sex-and-money scandal involving a former church secretary, Jessica Hahn.
1962
Bob Dylan releases his first album. Dylan is one of the world's most influential music artists. His songs “Blowin' in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin'” became anthems for the anti-war movement.
Bob Dylan (album)
1954
Willie Mosconi sets the world record for running most consecutive Pool balls without a miss. Mr. Pocket Billiards, as the hugely successful American sportsman was often called, ran 526 consecutive balls.
Willie Mosconi
1953
The Academy Awards ceremony was televised for the first time.
25th Academy Awards
1945
Adolf Hitler orders the destruction of all industries in Germany. The Nero decree was issued in the light of Germany's imminent defeat in World War II. It was never fully executed.
Nero Decree
1932
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
1931
Nevada state legislature legalized gambling.
Gambling in the United States
1920
US Senate rejects Treaty of Versailles for 2nd time refusing to ratify League of Nations' covenant (maintaining isolation policy).
Covenant of the League of Nations
1918
Congress approved daylight-saving time.
Daylight saving time in the United States
1917
The Supreme Court upheld the eight-hour work day for railroads.
Adamson Act
1911
The first International Women's Day is observed by over 1 million people in several European countries. German socialists Clara Zetkin and Luise Zietz initiated the observance, which has become an annual global event.
International Women's Day
1895
The Lumière brothers record their first footage. Sortie des Usines Lumière à Lyon showed workers leaving their factory in Lyon. The film is about 50 seconds long. Auguste and Louis Lumière were the earliest filmmakers in history.
Auguste and Louis Lumière
1891
Earl Warren, the 14th chief justice of the United States, was born in Los Angeles.
Earl Warren
1860
William Jennings Bryan, secretary of state and three-time Democratic presidential nominee, was born in Salem, Ill.
William Jennings Bryan
1853
During the Taiping Rebellion in China, the rebels captured Nanking and renamed it T'en-ching (Heavenly Capital).
Taiping Rebellion
1644
200 members of Peking imperial family/court commit suicide in loyalty to the Emperor.
Shunzhi Emperor
1279
A Mongolian victory at the naval Battle of Yamen ends the Song Dynasty in China.
Battle of Yamen