Here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in March 2015 for you to write about (and make money from). The anniversaries are listed 6 months in advance to give you enough time for research and writing.
We have painstakingly cross-checked every entry, but you are advised to check all facts again as part of your research. Please let us know of any errors you find.
The listing below is a small sample of the entries for March from The Date-A-Base Book 2015. There are 368 anniversaries for March in the book, which covers the whole of 2015 from January to December and features more than 4,000 anniversaries in total.
Just one published article should cover the cost of your copy of the book many times over.
200 years ago (3 Mar 1815)
The USA declared war on Algiers, leading to the Second Barbary War (1815-16, U.S. victory).
200 years ago (5 Mar 1815)
Death of Franz Mesmer, German physician who developed mesmerism – the forerunner of modern hypnotism.
200 years ago (15 Mar – 20 May 1815)
The Neopolitan War (Italy). Austrian victory.
200 years ago (16 Mar 1815)
William, Prince of Orange-Nassau proclaimed the Netherlands a kingdom and himself King William I of the Netherlands and Duke of Luxembourg.
200 years ago (20 Mar 1815)
Napoleon returned to Paris as Emperor of France after escaping from exile. (On 18th June he was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo and was detained on the island of Saint Helena for the rest of his life.)
150 years ago (3 Mar 1865)
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) began operating.
100 years ago (3 Mar 1915)
The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) was founded in the USA. In Oct 1958 it was dissolved and became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
100 years ago (18 Mar 1915)
World War I – the Battle of Gallipoli: the Allies launched their main attack on Ottoman forts along the strait. Two British battleships, HMS Irresistible and HMS Ocean, and the French battleship Bouvet were sunk by mines.
100 years ago (18 Mar 1915)
Birth of Richard Condon, American novelist. Best known for his political thrillers (The Manchurian Candidate, Winter Kills, Prizzi’s Honor, and more).
100 years ago (27 Mar 1915)
Typhoid Mary (Mary Mallon) was arrested in New York and put into quarantine for the second and final time. She would remain there for the rest of her life. (She had been released from quarantine in 1910 on condition that she cease working as a cook. However, she changed her name and resumed work, causing multiple typhoid outbreaks. She is thought to have infected about 50 people, 3 of whom died.)
100 years ago (28 Mar 1915)
Birth of Jay Livingston, Academy Award-winning American composer and songwriter who collaborated with Ray Evans to write songs for more than 80 films. (Their songs include Buttons and Bows, Que Sera, Sera, and many more.)
80 years ago (11 Mar 1935)
The Bank of Canada began operating.
80 years ago (16 Mar 1935)
Adolf Hitler ordered the rearming of Germany, violating the Treaty of Versailles. He also reintroduced conscription.
75 years ago (6 Mar 1940)
Birth of Willie Stargell, (‘Pops’), American baseball player. (Died 2001.)
75 years ago (9 Mar 1940)
Birth of Raúl Juliá, versatile Puerto Rican-born American stage, film and television actor (Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, and more). (Died 1994.)
75 years ago (13 Mar 1940)
World War II: the Winter War between the Soviet Union and Finland ended with the signing of the Moscow Peace Treaty. Parts of Finland were ceded to the Soviets, but it retained its independence.
75 years ago (16 Mar 1940)
Death of Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish novelist. The first woman and the first Swedish writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (1909).
75 years ago (18 Mar 1940)
World War II: German dictator Adolf Hitler and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini met at the Brenner Pass in the Alps. Mussolini agreed to join Germany’s war against France and Britain.
75 years ago (23 Mar 1940 [24th in Pakistan])
The Lahore Resolution was adopted by the All-India Muslim League at its annual convention. This led to the establishment of Pakistan as the world’s first Islamic republic in 1956.
60 years ago (11 Mar 1955)
Death of Sir Alexander Fleming, Scottish bacteriologist. Joint winner of the 1945 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discovering penicillin.
60 years ago (11 Mar 1955)
Death of Oscar F. Mayer, German-born American founder of the Oscar Mayer processed meat company.
60 years ago (12 Mar 1955)
Death of Charlie Parker, (‘Bird’, ‘Yardbird’), influential American jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader. One of the most important figures in jazz history.
60 years ago (13 Mar 1955)
Death of Tribhuvan, King of Nepal (1911-50, 1951-55). Died in mysterious circumstances. Succeeded by Mahendra.
60 years ago (24 Mar 1955)
Tennessee Williams’s play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opened on Broadway.
50 years ago (2 Mar 1965 – 2 Nov 1968)
Vietnam War – Operation Rolling Thunder. The USA and Republic of Vietnam launched a sustained aerial bombardment campaign against North Vietnam.
50 years ago (2 Mar 1965)
The première of the film The Sound of Music in New York City, USA. (UK: 29th March.)
50 years ago (7 – 25 Mar 1965)
Selma to Montgomery civil rights protest marches, Alabama, USA. Martin Luther King, Jr. made three attempts to lead a protest march to the state capitol in support of voting rights for African Americans. (The third attempt succeeded, arriving on 25th March. The first attempt in particular was marred by violence when marchers were attacked by state troopers.)
50 years ago (8 Mar 1965)
Vietnam War: 3,500 U.S. Marines landed in South Vietnam – the first U.S. combat troops to take part in the war. (This marked the beginning of the USA’s main involvement in the war.)
50 years ago (10 Mar 1965)
Neil Simon’s play The Odd Couple opened on Broadway.
40 years ago (5 Mar 1975)
The Homebrew Computer Club held its first meeting in Menlo Park, California, USA. It is considered to have started the personal computer revolution. Several notable computer pioneers and entrepreneurs were members, including the founders of Apple.
40 years ago (15 Mar 1975)
Death of Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate.
40 years ago (16 Mar 1975)
Death of T-Bone Walker, influential American blues musician and songwriter. Named one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
40 years ago (19 Mar 1975)
The film Tommy, a musical based on The Who’s rock opera album Tommy, was released in the USA. (UK: 26th.)
40 years ago (25 Mar 1975)
Death of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. (Assassinated.) Succeeded by King Khalid.
30 years ago (2 Mar 1985)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a screening test for HIV/AIDS, allowing contaminated blood to be excluded from blood transfusions.
30 years ago (7 Mar 1985)
The charity single We Are the World by USA for Africa was released to raise money for famine relief.
30 years ago (15 Mar 1985)
The first .com internet domain name was registered (symbolics.com).
30 years ago (28 Mar 1985)
Death of Marc Chagall, important Russian-born French artist, printmaker and designer.
25 years ago (17 Mar 1990)
The Bastille opera house in Paris, France was officially opened.
25 years ago (18 Mar 1990)
The largest art theft in U.S. history. 13 pieces worth between $300 million and $500 million in total were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. They included works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Manet and Degas. (None have been recovered to date.)
25 years ago (21 Mar 1990)
Namibia gained its independence from South Africa
25 years ago (24 Mar 1990)
Death of An Wang, Chinese-born American electrical engineer, inventor and computer pioneer. Founder of Wang Laboratories. Inventor of the magnetic memory core.
25 years ago (26 Mar 1990)
Death of Halston, American fashion designer.
25 years ago (31 Mar 1990)
Poll Tax riots in London.
20 years ago (1 Mar 1995)
Internet search company Yahoo! was founded.
20 years ago (2 Mar 1995)
The discovery of the top quark was announced by two teams of scientists working at Fermilab in Illinois, USA.
20 years ago (20 Mar 1995)
A terrorist group released sarin nerve gas on the Tokyo underground in Japan, killing 12 people and injuring thousands.
20 years ago (26 Mar 1995)
Seven EU nations (Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain) eliminated their internal border controls and tightened their external borders.
10 years ago (10 Mar 2005)
The first Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Tung Chee Hwa, announced his resignation after widespread protests over his poor governance. He was succeeded by Donald Tsang.
10 years ago (26 Mar 2005)
Death of James Callaghan, British Prime Minister (1976-79).
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