Today In History, March 15th

44 BC – Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated by high ranking Roman Senators. The day is known as the “Ides of March”.

1493 – Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first New World voyage.

1892 – Jesse W. Reno patented the Reno Inclined Elevator. It was the first escalator.

1913 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson held the first open presidential news conference. (There were no accusations of “fake news” and no news journalists were banned or accused of being “enemies of the people”.)

1934 – Henry Ford restored the $5 a day wage.

1937 – In Chicago, Illinois, the first blood bank to preserve blood for transfusion by refrigeration was established at the Cook County Hospital.

1938 – Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia.

1949 – Clothes rationing in Great Britain ended nearly four years after the end of World War II.

1945 – “Billboard” magazine began listing a top albums chart. The first #1 was “The Nat King Cole Trio”.

1955 – The U.S. Air Force unveiled a self-guided missile.

1956 – The musical “My Fair Lady” opened on Broadway.

1960 – The first underwater park was established as Key Largo Coral Reef Preserve.

1964 – In Montreal, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were married. (Image:

1971 – CBS television announced it was going to drop “The Ed Sullivan Show”.


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