Today in History, English
Today in History, English

29671March 16Death2014 – Yulisa Pat Amadu Maddy, Sierra Leonean author, poet, and playwright (b. 1936)
29672March 16Death2014 – Steve Moore, English author and illustrator (b. 1949)
29673March 16Death2014 – Alexander Pochinok, Russian economist and politician (b. 1958)
29674March 16Death2015 – Bruce Crump, American drummer (Molly Hatchet and Gator Country) (b. 1957)
29675March 16Death2015 – Buddy Elias, German-Swiss actor (b. 1925)
29676March 16Death2015 – Andy Fraser, English-American singer-songwriter and bass player (Free, Sharks, and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers (b. 1952)
29677March 16Death2015 – Jack Haley, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster (b. 1964)
29678March 16Death2015 – D. K. Ravi, Indian civil servant (b. 1979)
29679March 16Death2015 – Don Robertson, Chinese-American pianist and composer (b. 1922)
29680March 16Holiday and observanceChristian feast day:AbbánHeribert of Cologne
29681March 16Holiday and observanceLatvian Legion Day (Latvia)
29682March 16Holiday and observanceSaint Urho's Day (Finnish community in U.S. and Canada)
29683March 16Holiday and observanceThe first day of the Bacchanalia (Roman Empire)
29684March 16Holiday and observanceThe day of the Book Smugglers (Lithuania)
29685March 17Event45 BC – In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.
29686March 17Event180 – Marcus Aurelius dies leaving Commodus the sole emperor of the Roman Empire.
29687March 17Event455 – Petronius Maximus becomes, with support of the Roman Senate, emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
29688March 17Event624 – Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeat the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr.
29689March 17Event1001 – The King of Butuan in the Philippines sends a tributary mission to the Song dynasty of China.
29690March 17Event1337 – Edward, the Black Prince is made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy in England.
29691March 17Event1452 – The Battle of Los Alporchones is fought in the context of the Spanish Reconquista between the Emirate of Granada and the combined forces of the Kingdom of Castile and Murcia resulting in a Christian victory.
29692March 17Event1560 – Fort Coligny on Villegagnon Island in Rio de Janeiro is attacked and destroyed during the Portuguese campaign against France Antarctique.
29693March 17Event1677 – The Siege of Valenciennes, during the Franco-Dutch War, ends with France's taking of the city.
29694March 17Event1776 – American Revolution: British forces evacuate Boston, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city.
29695March 17Event1780 – American Revolution: George Washington grants the Continental Army a holiday "as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence".
29696March 17Event1805 – The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.
29697March 17Event1842 – The Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is formed
29698March 17Event1860 – The First Taranaki War begins in Taranaki, New Zealand, a major phase of the New Zealand land wars.
29699March 17Event1861 – The Kingdom of Italy is proclaimed.
29700March 17Event1891 – SS Utopia collides with HMS Anson in the Bay of Gibraltar and sinks, killing 562 of the 880 passengers on board.

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