What Happened on March 15


Historical Events

1560 – Failed assault on royal palace in Amboise, France
1875 – 1st US cardinal (John McCloskey) invested
1912 – Legendary pitcher Cy Young retires from baseball with 511-315 win-loss record
1945 – Catholic University of Nijmegen reopens
1987 – “Starlight Express” opens at Gershwin Theater in NYC for 761 performances
2004 – Announcement of the discovery of 90377 Sedna, the farthest natural object in the Solar system so far observed

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Famous Birthdays

1455 – Pietro Accolti, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1532)
1767 – Andrew Jackson, American general and 7th US President (Democratic: 1829-37), born in Waxhaws in the border area between North and South Carolina (d. 1845)
1884 – Rudolf Piskáček, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1940)
1910 – An Rutgers van der Loeff, Dutch children’s book writer (Skating Race), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1990)
1922 – (Albert) Eddie Calvert, British trumpeter (“Oh, Mein Papa”; “Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)”), born in Preston, Lancashire, England (d. 1978)
1969 – Yutaka Take, Japanese jockey

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Famous Deaths

752 – Zachary, Greek/Italian Pope (741-52), dies [or Mar 22]
1311 – Walter V of Brienne, Duke of Athens at the Battle of Halmyros
1673 – Salvatore Rosa, Italian baroque painter, poet, musician and actor, dies at 57
1918 – Jose White Lafitte, Cuban-French violinist and composer, dies at 82
1936 – John Scott Haldane, Scottish physiologist, dies at 75
1983 – Rebecca West [Cicely Isabel Fairfield], English author (Meaning of Treason), dies at 90

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