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Historical Calendar - March

Historic events for March

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Carnarvon Castle image
St. Davids Day

The feast day of Saint David, the patron Saint of Wales.

Ballet image
1717

The first ballet in England is performed.

Florida map image
1845

Florida becomes the 27th US sate.

King John image
1215

King John pledges oath to the Pope to be a crusader.

Geradus Mercator image
1512

Geradus Mercator, Flemish cartographer, born.

Michelangelo image
1475

Michelangelo, Italian artist and sculptor (d.1564), born.

Henry VIII image
1530

Henry VIII declares himself supreme head of the church in England, having had his divorce request refused by the pope.

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dog image
1894

The state of New York enacts the nation's first dog-licensing law.

Kissing image
1562

Kissing in public banned in Naples.

Louisiana map image
1804

The Louisiana purchase, United States of America purchased French claim to  Louisiana for 60 million francs ($11,250,000) plus cancellation of debts worth 18 million francs ($3,750,000).

Romeo and Juliet image
Romeo & Juliet's wedding day.

According to William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet were married on this day.

William Bucklam image
1784

William Buckland, English pioneer geologist and minister, born.

Napoleon image
1815

Napoleon declared an outlaw.

John Wain Image
1925

John Wain, English poet, novelist, and critic, born.

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Julius Caesar image
44BC

Julius Caesar murdered by members of the senate.

The north view of Highbury and Canonbury Places image
1819

The first clinical description of the allergy - hay fever - was delivered by Dr John Bostock to a meeting of the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society in London.

St. Patrick image
St. Patricks Day

Named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland. It is a public holiday in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and in Montserrat.

Robert Walpole image
1745

Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford and British Prime Minister (1721 - 1742), born.

A street in Nanking image
1853

The Taiping reform movement occupies and makes Nanjing its capital until 1864.

Easter image
Earliest day on which Good Friday can fall, while April 23 is the latest. Celebrated on the Friday before Easter.

 

Beethoven image
1826

Beethoven's Quartet No.13 premiers in Vienna.

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Guttenberg bible image
1455

The first printed book, the Guttenberg Bible is published.

Woolwich image
1889

The free Woolwich Ferry officially opens in east London.

Ian Hamilton image
1938

Ian Hamilton, British literary critic, reviewer, biographer, poet, magazine editor and publisher, born.

interior of a slave ship image
1807

The Slave Trade Act becomes law, abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire.

Æsop's Fables image
1856

William Caxton printed his translation of Æsop's Fables.

Fifth Seal of King Charles I Image
1625

Charles I ascends the throne to become King of England, Scotland and Ireland.

Washing Machine image
1797

Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patents a washing machine.

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Queen Victoria image
1833

Queen Victoria gives Royal Assent to the British North America Act.

Thomas Cranmer archbishop of Canterbury image
1533

Thomas Cranmer becomes archbishop of Canterbury.

Lionel Davidson image
1922

Lionel Davidson, English novelist who wrote a number of acclaimed spy thrillers, born.






 

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