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.

1493

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

1820

Maine became the 23rd state.

1917

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

1937

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

1965

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

2003

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

2004

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

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