On March 15…

44 B.C. – In the ancient Roman calendar, Emperor Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman senate by 60 conspirators.

 

1767 – Andrew Jackson, a first generation Irish-American and the nation’s 7th president, was born in South Carolina.

 

1820 – Maine entered the union as the 22nd state.

1913 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson held the first open presidential news conference just 11 days after his inauguration.

 

1917 – Czar Nicholas II, who had ruled Russia since 1894, abdicates the throne under pressure from Petrograd insurgents.

This is actual film footage from Nicholas’ coronation; one of the oldest moving films in existence.

 

1937 – The first blood bank was established in Chicago, IL at the Cook County Hospital.

 

1939 – Adolf Hitler’s Nazi army invaded Czechoslovakia.

 

1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson addressed a joint session of Congress to urge passage of the Voting Rights Act.

 

1968 – Construction began on the Eisenhower / Johnson Memorial Tunnel on I-70 in Colorado, some 60 miles west of Denver.  At an altitude of more than 11,000 feet, it was the highest vehicular tunnel in the world.

 

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