What happened on March 15? There are more than 303 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About March 15

March 15 In HistoryMarch 15 is the 74th day of the year 2021. There are 291 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday. This day falls under the 11th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Milton, Florida 32571 sunrise will occur at 06:57 AM and sunset will occur at 06:57 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Pisces. The modern birthstone for this month is Aquamarine while the mystical birthstone is Jade.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 323 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022).

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March 15: A Day In History

In the Roman calendar, March 15 was known as the Ides of March.

Historical Events For March 15

  • 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.
  • 933
    After a ten-year truce, German King Henry I defeats a Hungarian army at the Battle of Riade near the Unstrut river.
  • 1311
    Battle of Halmyros: The Catalan Company defeats Walter V 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.
  • 1514
    Jodocus Badius Ascensius publishes Christiern Pedersen’s Latin version of Saxo’s Gesta Danorum, the oldest known version of that work.
  • 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 Courthouse – 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.
  • 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.
  • 1888
    Start of the Anglo-Tibetan War of 1888.
  • 1906
    Rolls-Royce Limited is incorporated.
  • 1916
    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.
  • 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.
  • 1931
    SS Viking explodes off Newfoundland, killing 27 of the 147 on board.
  • 1933
    Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss keeps members of the National Council from convening, starting the austrofascist dictatorship.
  • 1939
    Carpatho-Ukraine declares itself an independent republic, but is annexed by Hungary the next day.
  • 1939
    World War II: German troops occupy the remaining part of Bohemia and Moravia; Czechoslovakia ceases to exist.
  • 1943
    World War II: Third Battle of Kharkov – the Germans retake the city of Kharkov from the Soviet armies in bitter street fighting.
  • 1945
    World War II: Soviet forces begin an offensive to push Germans from Upper Silesia.
  • 1952
    In Cilaos, Réunion, 1870 mm (73 inches) of rain falls in a 24 hour period, setting a new world record (March 15 through March 16).
  • 1956
    My Fair Lady premiered on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre.
  • 1961
    South Africa withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • 1965
    President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to the Selma crisis, tells U.S. Congress “We shall overcome” while advocating the Voting Rights Act.
  • 1985
    The end of the Brazilian military dictatorship.
  • 1985
    The first Internet domain name is registered (symbolics.com).
  • 1986
    Hotel New World Disaster a 1 star hotel collapses in Singapore’s Little India’s district killing 33 people
  • 1990
    Iraq hangs British journalist Farzad Bazoft for spying.
  • 1990
    Mikhail Gorbachev is elected as the first President of the Soviet Union.
  • 2004
    French President Jacques Chirac signs the law on secularity and conspicuous religious symbols in schools, commonly known as the headscarf ban.

Who Were Born On March 15?

  • 938
    Romanos II, Byzantine emperor (d. 963)
  • 1275
    Margaret of England (1275–1333), English princess (d. 1333)
  • 1455
    Pietro Accolti, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1532)
  • 1493
    Anne de Montmorency, Constable of France (d. 1567)
  • 1591
    Alexandre de Rhodes, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1660)
  • 1638
    Shunzhi Emperor of China (d. 1661)
  • 1666
    George Bähr, German architect (d. 1738)
  • 1684
    Francesco Durante, Italian composer (d. 1755)
  • 1713
    Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, French astronomer (d. 1762)
  • 1737
    Amarindra, Queen consort to King Rama I of Siam (d. 1826)
  • 1754
    Archibald Menzies, Scottish naturalist and surgeon (d. 1842)
  • 1767
    Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States (d. 1845)
  • 1771
    Robert Hett Chapman, American Presbyterian minister and president of the University of North Carolina (d. 1833)
  • 1779
    William Lamb, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, (d. 1848)
  • 1790
    Ludwig Immanuel Magnus, German mathematician (d. 1861)
  • 1791
    Charles Knight, English publisher (d. 1873)
  • 1809
    Joseph Jenkins Roberts, first President of Liberia (d. 1876)
  • 1809
    Karl Josef von Hefele, German theologian (d. 1893)
  • 1813
    John Snow, English epidemiologist (d. 1858)
  • 1818
    Mariano Álvarez, Filipino general (d. 1924)
  • 1821
    Eduard Heine, German mathematician (d. 1881)
  • 1821
    Johann Josef Loschmidt, Austrian scientist (d. 1895)
  • 1821
    William Milligan, Scottish theologian (d. 1892)
  • 1824
    Jules Chevalier, French priest (d. 1907)
  • 1830
    Élisée Reclus, French geographer (d. 1905)
  • 1830
    Paul von Heyse, German writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1914)
  • 1831
    Daniel Comboni, Italian missionary (d. 1881)
  • 1835
    Eduard Strauss, Austrian composer (d. 1916)
  • 1835
    John Henrie Kagi, American abolitionist (d. 1859)
  • 1838
    Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (d. 1889)
  • 1851
    William Mitchell Ramsay, Scottish archaeologist (d. 1939)
  • 1852
    Augusta, Lady Gregory, Anglo-Irish dramatist (d. 1932)
  • 1854
    Emil Adolf von Behring, German physician, Nobel laureate (d. 1917)
  • 1860
    Waldemar Haffkine, Russian Jewish bacteriologist (d. 1930)
  • 1864
    Johan Halvorsen, Norwegian composer (d. 1935)
  • 1865
    Manuk Abeghian, scholar of Armenian literature and folklore (d. 1944)
  • 1866
    Johan Vaaler, Norwegian inventor (d. 1910)
  • 1866
    Matthew Charlton, Australian politician (d. 1948)
  • 1867
    Lionel Johnson, British poet (d. 1902)
  • 1868
    Grace Chisholm Young, English mathematician (d. 1944)
  • 1869
    Stanisław Wojciechowski, President of Poland (d. 1953)
  • 1874
    Eugène Fiset, Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (d. 1951)
  • 1882
    James Lightbody, American middle distance runner (d. 1953)
  • 1884
    Angelos Sikelianos, Greek poet and playwright (d. 1951)
  • 1887
    Marjorie Merriweather Post, American entrepreneur (d. 1973)
  • 1890
    Boris Nikolaevich Delaunay, Russian mathematician (d. 1980)
  • 1892
    James Basevi Ord, US army officer (d. 1938)
  • 1897
    Jackson Scholz, American runner (d. 1986)
  • 1899
    George Brent, American film actor (d. 1979)
  • 1904
    Yu Gwan-sun, Korean independence fighter (d. 1920)
  • 1905
    Berthold von Stauffenberg, German lawyer and Nazi opponent (d. 1944)
  • 1907
    Zarah Leander, Swedish actress and singer (d. 1981)
  • 1910
    Nick Stewart, American actor (d. 2000)
  • 1912
    Lightnin' Hopkins, American musician (d. 1982)
  • 1912
    Louis Paul Boon, Flemish journalist and novelist (d. 1979)
  • 1913
    Jack Fairman, British racing driver (d. 2002)
  • 1913
    Macdonald Carey, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1914
    Aniello Dellacroce, American gangster (d. 1985)
  • 1915
    Caterina Boratto, Italian film actress (d. 2010)
  • 1915
    Joe E. Ross, American actor and comedian (d. 1982)
  • 1916
    Fadil Hoxha, Yugoslav politician (d. 2001)
  • 1916
    Frank Coghlan Jr, American actor (d. 2009)
  • 1916
    Harry James, American musician and band leader (d. 1983)
  • 1918
    Punch Imlach, Canadian hockey coach and general manager (d. 1987)
  • 1918
    Richard Ellmann, American biographer (d. 1987)
  • 1919
    Lawrence Tierney, American actor (d. 2002)
  • 1920
    E. Donnall Thomas, American physician, Nobel laureate
  • 1920
    Lawrence Sanders, American novelist (d. 1998)
  • 1921
    Madelyn Pugh, American television writer
  • 1921
    Stafford Smythe, Canadian hockey executive (d. 1971)
  • 1923
    Charles Wheeler, British journalist (d. 2008)
  • 1924
    Walter Gotell, German actor (d. 1997)
  • 1925
    Bert Bolin, Swedish meteorologist (d. 2007)
  • 1926
    Ben Johnston, American composer
  • 1926
    Norm Van Brocklin, American football player (d. 1983)
  • 1927
    Carl Smith, American singer (d. 2010)
  • 1927
    Christian Marquand, French actor and director (d. 2000)
  • 1927
    Stanisław Kania, Polish politician
  • 1930
    Kostas Nestoridis, Greek footballer
  • 1930
    Zhores Ivanovich Alferov, Russian physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1931
    Richard Wirthlin, American political strategist for Ronald Reagan (d. 2011)
  • 1932
    Alan Bean, American astronaut
  • 1933
    Philippe de Broca, French film director (d. 2004)
  • 1933
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg, American jurist
  • 1934
    Aldo Giorgini, Italian artist
  • 1934
    Kanshi Ram, Indian dalit leader
  • 1934
    Richard Layard, Baron Layard, British economist
  • 1935
    Jimmy Swaggart, American televangelist
  • 1935
    Judd Hirsch, American actor
  • 1935
    Leonid Yengibarian, Armenian clown and actor (d. 1972)
  • 1936
    David Andrews, Irish politician
  • 1936
    Howard Greenfield, American songwriter (d. 1986)
  • 1939
    David Eisenberg, American biochemist
  • 1939
    Jack Whyte, Scottish-Canadian author
  • 1939
    Julie Tullis, British climber (d. 1986)
  • 1939
    Ted Kaufman, American politician
  • 1940
    Frank Dobson, British politician
  • 1940
    Margo Coleman, American advice columnist
  • 1940
    Mel Phillips, American radio programmer
  • 1940
    Phil Lesh, American musician (Grateful Dead)
  • 1941
    Mike Love, American musician (The Beach Boys)
  • 1944
    Chi Cheng, Taiwanese athlete and politician
  • 1944
    Jacques Doillon, French film director
  • 1944
    Sly Stone, American musician
  • 1945
    A. K. Faezul Huq, Bengali lawyer and politician (d. 2007)
  • 1945
    Mark J. Green, American public official
  • 1946
    Bobby Bonds, American baseball player (d. 2003)
  • 1946
    Howard E. Scott, American musician (War)
  • 1946
    Masaharu Satō, Japanese seiyū
  • 1947
    Gino Ferrin, German footballer
  • 1947
    Juraj Kukura, Slovak actor
  • 1947
    Ry Cooder, American guitarist
  • 1948
    Kate Bornstein, American author
  • 1948
    Sérgio Vieira de Mello, Brazilian diplomat (d. 2003)
  • 1950
    Jørgen Olsen, Danish singer
  • 1952
    Howard Devoto, British musician (Buzzcocks, Magazine)
  • 1952
    Howard Koh, American state government official
  • 1953
    Heather Graham, American writer
  • 1953
    Kostas Bigalis, Greek singer and songwriter
  • 1953
    Richard Bruton, Irish politician
  • 1954
    Bob Budiansky, American comic book writer, illustrator, and editor
  • 1954
    Craig Wasson, American actor
  • 1954
    Massimo Bubola, Italian singer-songwriter
  • 1955
    Dee Snider, American singer (Twisted Sister)
  • 1956
    Clay Matthews, American football player
  • 1957
    David Silverman, American animator
  • 1957
    Joaquim de Almeida, Portuguese-American actor
  • 1957
    Park Overall, American actress
  • 1957
    Víctor Muñoz, Spanish football manager
  • 1959
    Fabio Lanzoni, Italian model
  • 1959
    Harold Baines, American baseball player
  • 1959
    Lisa Holton, American writer
  • 1959
    Renny Harlin, Finnish film director
  • 1960
    Chris Sanders, American animator and director
  • 1960
    Marco Pennette, American television producer
  • 1960
    Mike Pagliarulo, American baseball player
  • 1961
    Craig Ludwig, American ice hockey player
  • 1961
    Terry Cummings, American basketball player
  • 1962
    Jimmy Baio, American actor
  • 1962
    Terence Trent D'Arby, American singer
  • 1963
    Bret Michaels, American musician (Poison)
  • 1964
    Davide Pinato, Italian footballer
  • 1964
    Rockwell, American musician
  • 1965
    Svetlana Medvedeva, First Lady of Russia
  • 1967
    Naoko Takeuchi, Japanese artist
  • 1968
    Jon Schaffer, American guitarist (Iced Earth)
  • 1968
    Kahimi Karie, Japanese singer
  • 1968
    Mark McGrath, American musician (Sugar Ray)
  • 1968
    Sabrina Salerno, Italian singer
  • 1968
    Terje Riis-Johansen, Norwegian politician
  • 1969
    Apollo Papathanasio, Swedish vocalist
  • 1969
    Elvir Laković Laka, Bosnian rock singer
  • 1969
    Gianluca Festa, Italian footballer
  • 1969
    Kim Raver, American actress
  • 1969
    Rona Ambrose, Canadian politician
  • 1969
    Timo Kotipelto, Finnish musician
  • 1969
    Yutaka Take, Japanese jockey
  • 1970
    Derek Parra, American speed skater
  • 1971
    Joanne Wise, English long jumper
  • 1971
    Penny Lancaster, English model
  • 1972
    Mark Hoppus, American musician (+44 and blink-182)
  • 1972
    Mike Tomlin, American football coach
  • 1973
    Boris Durdevic, Croatian musician
  • 1973
    Lee Jung-jae, South Korean actor & model
  • 1974
    Robert Fick, American baseball player
  • 1975
    Darcy Tucker, Canadian hockey player
  • 1975
    Eva Longoria, American actress
  • 1975
    Veselin Topalov, Bulgarian chess player
  • 1975
    Will.i.am, American musician
  • 1976
    Cara Pifko, Canadian actress
  • 1976
    Katherine Brooks, American television director
  • 1977
    Adrian Burnside, Australian baseball player
  • 1977
    Brian Tee, American actor
  • 1977
    Joe Hahn, American musician (Linkin Park)
  • 1978
    Takeru Kobayashi, Japanese competitive eater
  • 1979
    Kevin Youkilis, American baseball player
  • 1980
    Freddie Bynum, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Mikael Forssell, Finnish footballer
  • 1981
    Veronica Maggio, Swedish singer
  • 1981
    Young Buck, American rapper
  • 1982
    Emily Tyndall, American actress
  • 1982
    Jordan Hastings, Canadian drummer (Alexisonfire)
  • 1982
    Rafael Pérez, Dominican baseball player
  • 1983
    Daryl Murphy, Irish footballer
  • 1983
    Sean Biggerstaff, Scottish actor
  • 1984
    Badradine Belloumou, French-born football player
  • 1984
    Juninho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1984
    Kostas Vasileiadis, Greek basketball player
  • 1985
    Antti Autti, Finnish snowboarder
  • 1985
    Curtis Davies, English footballer
  • 1985
    Eva Amurri, American actress
  • 1985
    James MacLurcan, Australian actor
  • 1985
    Kellan Lutz, American model and actor
  • 1985
    Tom Chilton, British racing driver
  • 1986
    Adrianne Leon, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1987
    Taiwan Brown, American video jockey
  • 1988
    Chris Lent, American drummer and keyboardist
  • 1988
    James Reimer, Canadian hockey player
  • 1989
    Bryce Gibbs, Australian rules footballer
  • 1989
    Caitlin Wachs, American actress
  • 1990
    Siobhan Magnus, American singer
  • 1991
    Kii Kitano, Japanese actress

Who Died On March 15?

  • 44 BC
    Julius Caesar (b. 100 BC)
  • 220
    Cao Cao, King of Wei (b. 155)
  • 493
    Odoacer, King of Italy (b. 435)
  • 1145
    Pope Lucius II
  • 1311
    Walter V of Brienne, Duke of Athens
  • 1416
    John, Duke of Berry, son of John II of France (b. 1340)
  • 1536
    Pargalı İbrahim Pasha, Grand Vizier under Suleiman the Magnificent
  • 1575
    Annibale Padovano, Italian composer (b. 1527)
  • 1644
    Louise Juliana of Nassau, Regent of Bohemia (b. 1576)
  • 1670
    John Davenport, Connecticut pioneer (b. 1597)
  • 1673
    Salvator Rosa, Italian painter and poet (b. 1615)
  • 1701
    Jean Renaud de Segrais, French writer (b. 1624)
  • 1711
    Eusebio Kino, Italian Catholic missionary (b. 1645)
  • 1820
    Clemens Maria Hofbauer, patron saint of Vienna (b. 1751)
  • 1842
    Luigi Cherubini, Italian composer (b. 1760)
  • 1849
    Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti, Italian cardinal and linguist (b. 1774)
  • 1891
    Sir Joseph Bazalgette, English civil engineer (b. 1819)
  • 1891
    Théodore de Banville, French writer (b. 1823)
  • 1898
    Sir Henry Bessemer, English metallurgist (b. 1813)
  • 1937
    H. P. Lovecraft, American writer (b. 1890)
  • 1941
    Alexej von Jawlensky, Russian painter (b. 1864)
  • 1951
    John S. Paraskevopoulos, Greek-born astronomer (b. 1889)
  • 1957
    Ernst Nobs, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1886)
  • 1959
    Lester Young, American musician (b. 1909)
  • 1962
    Arthur Compton, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
  • 1966
    Abe Saperstein, American basketball executive (b. 1902)
  • 1969
    Miles Malleson, British actor and dramatist (b. 1888)
  • 1969
    Musashiyama Takeshi, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 33rd Yokozuna (b. 1909)
  • 1970
    Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian writer (b. 1897)
  • 1971
    Jean-Pierre Monseré, Belgian cyclist (b. 1948)
  • 1972
    Aleksandr Ivanovich Laktionov, Russian painter (b. 1910)
  • 1975
    Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate (b. 1900)
  • 1977
    Antonino Rocca, Argentine professional wrestler (b. 1927)
  • 1977
    Hubert Aquin, Canadian novelist, political activist and editor (b. 1929)
  • 1981
    René Clair, French film director (b. 1898)
  • 1983
    Coloman Braun-Bogdan, Romanian football midfielder and manager (b. 1905)
  • 1983
    Rebecca West, English writer (b. 1892)
  • 1985
    Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (b. 1921)
  • 1986
    Alexandru Giugaru, Romanian actor (b. 1897)
  • 1988
    Dmitri Polyakov, Soviet double-agent (b. 1926)
  • 1989
    Muhammad Jameel Didi, Maldivian poet (b. 1915)
  • 1989
    Valerie Quennessen, French actress (b. 1957)
  • 1990
    Farzad Bazoft, Iranian-born journalist (b. 1958)
  • 1990
    Tom Harmon, American football player and broadcaster (b. 1919)
  • 1991
    Bud Freeman, American jazz musician (b. 1906)
  • 1997
    Gail Davis, American actress (b. 1925)
  • 1997
    Victor Vasarely, Hungarian painter (b. 1906)
  • 1998
    Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician and writer (b. 1903)
  • 2001
    Ann Sothern, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 2003
    Dame Thora Hird, British actress (b. 1911)
  • 2003
    Paul Stojanovich, Reality TV pioneer (b. 1956)
  • 2004
    John Pople, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1925)
  • 2004
    Sir William Pickering, New Zealand-born space scientist (b. 1910)
  • 2005
    Bob Bellear, Australian judge (b. 1944)
  • 2005
    Shoji Nishio, Japanese martial artist (b. 1927)
  • 2006
    George Rallis, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1918)
  • 2006
    Red Storey, Canadian football player and hockey referee (b. 1918)
  • 2007
    Bowie Kuhn, American commissioner of baseball (b. 1926)
  • 2007
    Charles Harrelson, American hitman and father of Woody Harrelson (b. 1938)
  • 2007
    Stuart Rosenberg, American film and television director (b. 1927)
  • 2008
    Ken Reardon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1921)
  • 2008
    Mikey Dread, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • 2008
    Vytautas Kernagis, Lithuanian singer, TV shows announcer (b. 1951)
  • 2009
    Ron Silver, American actor (b. 1946)
  • 2011
    Nate Dogg, American rapper (b. 1969)
  • 2011
    Smiley Culture, British reggae singer (b. 1963)

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