March 24

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1664 – Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island 1721 – Johann Sebastian Bach opens his Brandenburg Concerts 1765 – Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers 1832 – Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio 1883 – First telephone call between New York
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March 23

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1540 – Waltham Abbey is surrendered to King Henry VIII of England; the last religious community to be closed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. 1775 – American Revolutionary War: Patrick Henry delivers his speech – “Give me liberty, or give me death!” – at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia. 1801 – Tsar
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March 22

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238 – Gordian I and his son Gordian II are proclaimed Roman emperors. 1508 – Ferdinand II of Aragon commissions Amerigo Vespucci chief navigator of the Spanish Empire. 1621 – The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony sign a peace treaty with Massasoit of the Wampanoags. 1622 – Jamestown massacre: Algonquians kill 347 English settlers around Jamestown, […]

March 21

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1697 – Czar Peter the Great begins tour through West-Europe 1788 – Fire destroys 856 buildings in New Orleans Louisiana 1826 – Beethoven’s Quartet #13 in B flat major (Op 130) premiered in Vienna 1857 – Earthquake hits Tokyo; about 107,000 die 1871 – Journalist Henry M Stanley begins his famous expedition to Africa 1907 […]

March 20

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141 – 6th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet 1345 – Saturn/Jupiter/Mars-conjunction: thought  to be the cause of plague epidemic 1760 – Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings 1815 – Napoleon enters Paris after escape from Elba, begins 100-day rule 1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”
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Today in History March 17

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45 BC – In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda. 432 – St Patrick aged 16 is carried off to Ireland as a slave (traditional date) 1190 – A wave of anti-Semitic riots culminated in the massacre of an estimated […]

Today in History March 16

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597 BC – Babylonians capture Jerusalem, and replace Jeconiah with Zedekiah as king. 1621 – Samoset, a Mohegan, visited the settlers of Plymouth Colony and greets them, “Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset.” 1792 – King Gustav III of Sweden is shot; he dies on March 29. 1815 – Prince Willem proclaims himself King of […]

Today in History March 15

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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. 493 – Odoacer, the first barbarian King of Italy after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, is slain by Theoderic […]

Today in History March 14

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1489 – The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice. 1558 – Ferdinand I appointed Holy Roman Emperor 1743 – First American town meeting in Boston’s Faneuil Hall 1757 – On board HMS Monarch (his own flagship), British Admiral John Byng is executed by firing squad for neglecting his duty “Pour encourager […]

March 13

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607 – 12th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet 1519 – Cortez lands in Mexico 1639 – Cambridge College renamed Harvard for clergyman John Harvard 1677 – Massachusetts gains title to Maine for $6,000 1759 – 27th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet 1781 – Sir William Herschel sees “comet” which
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