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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Arab Spring and the Libyan civil war: In light of continuing attacks on Libyan rebels by forces in support of leader Muammar Gaddafi,{{cite news|url=//www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42164455/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/|title=World leaders launch military action in Libya|date=19 March 2011|accessdate=19 March 2011|publisher=MSNBC.com| archiveurl= //web.archive.org/web/20110501120756///www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42164455/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/| archivedate= 1 May 2011 !DASHBot| deadurl= no}} military intervention authorized under UNSCR 1973 begins as French fighter jets make reconnaissance flights over Libya.{{cite news|url=//www.nytimes.com/2011/03/20/world/africa/20libya.html|title=France Sends Military Flights Over Libya|date=19 March 2011|accessdate=19 March 2011|newspaper=The New York Times|first1=David D.|last1=Kirkpatrick|first2=Elisabeth|last2=Bumiller| archiveurl= //web.archive.org/web/20110331024232///www.nytimes.com/2011/03/20/world/africa/20libya.html| archivedate= 31 March 2011 !DASHBot| deadurl= no}}
The President of the United States Barack Obama warns Muammar Gaddafi of consequences if attacks on civilians continue. //www.news.com.au/world/gaddafi-says-benghazi-attack-today/story-e6frfkyi-1226023693860?from=public_rss (AFP via News Limited)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

North Korea detains two American Current TV journalists near its border with China. //www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/19/north-korea-reporters-detained (Guardian) //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7951982.stm (BBC)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

An exploding star halfway across the visible universe becomes the farthest known object ever visible to the naked eye.{{cite web|url=//www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080321093110.htm|title=Stunning Gamma Ray Burst Explosion Detected Halfway Across Universe|publisher=Science Daily|accessdate=2009-02-10| archiveurl= //web.archive.org/web/20090209084149///www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080321093110.htm| archivedate= 9 February 2009 !DASHBot| deadurl= no}}
Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary and Monaco jointly recognize Kosovo's independence. //www.mfa.bg/en/index.php?option=com_contenttask=viewid=8853Itemid=217 (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria) //afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jQMQ3pd4KwdjIKCNSuhSp01ZiStw (AFP via Google News) //www.balkaninsight.com/en/main/news/8741/ (Balkan Insight)

Monday, March 19, 2007

The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Symbols and Ceremonies declares the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict a war. //www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3378240,00.html#n (Ynetnews)

Saturday, March 19, 2005

A time bomb explodes in a Muslim shrine in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 29 people and wounding 40.{{cite news|url=//www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,150950,00.html|title=Pakistan Shrine Blast Kills 30|agency=Associated Press|accessdate=2009-10-21|date=2005-03-20 | work=Fox News}}

Friday, March 19, 2004

The United Nations launches a political corruption investigation due to the scandal over its Iraqi Oil for Food program.

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Iraq War begins with the invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and allied forces.
U.S. begins military strikes in Iraq, which many consider the beginning of the Iraq War.

Tuesday, March 19, 2002

US war in Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda ends (started on March 1) after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, with 11 allied troop fatalities.
The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions calls a three-day general strike protesting police interference with union meetings, harassment of trade unionists, and general lawlessness following the general elections, which has led to slow-downs in business. In South Korea, 5,600 power plant workers are on the 25th day of their strike, protesting the neoliberal government plans to privatize the state-run electricity plants. A vote among the remaining power plant workers to strike is cancelled due to company interference.

Saturday, March 19, 1988

Corporals killings: In Belfast, Northern Ireland, British Army Corporals Woods and Howes were murdered after driving straight into a funeral for the victims of the Milltown Cemetery Attack just three days earlier, after they were mistakenly thought to be carrying out a similar attack to the one by Ulster Defence Association (UDA) member Michael Stone, in which he killed three Catholics attending the funeral.

Thursday, March 19, 1981

Three workers are killed and 5 injured during a test of the Space Shuttle "Columbia".

Sunday, March 19, 1972

India and Bangladesh sign a friendship treaty.

Tuesday, March 19, 1968

March 23 ndash Afrocentrism, Black power, Vietnam War: Students at Howard University in Washington, D.C., signal a new era of militant student activism on college cuses in the U.S. Students stage rallies, protests and a 5-day sit-in, laying siege to the administration building, shutting down the university in protest over its ROTC program and the Vietnam War, and demanding a more Afrocentric curriculum.

Sunday, March 19, 1967

A referendum in French Somaliland favors the connection to France.

Saturday, March 19, 1966

The Texas Western Miners defeat the Kentucky Wildcats with 5 African-American starters, ushering in desegregation in athletic recruiting.

Friday, March 19, 1965

The wreck of the "SS Georgiana", reputed to have been the most powerful Confederate cruiser ever built and owned by the real Rhett Butler, is discovered off the Isle of Palms, South Carolina, by teenage diver E. Lee Spence, exactly 102 years after she was sunk with a million dollar cargo while attempting to run past the Union blockade into Charleston.
Martin Luther King, Jr. leads 3,200 civil rights activists in the third march from Selma, Alabama to the capitol in Montgomery.
"Poupée de cire, poupée de son", sung by France Gall (music and lyrics by Serge Gainsbourg) wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1965 for Luxembourg.
Ranger program: NASA launches "Ranger 9", which is the last in a series of unmanned lunar space probes."

Monday, March 19, 1962

An armistice begins in Algeria however, the OAS continues its terrorist attacks against Algerians.

Thursday, March 19, 1959

Two other islands join Addu in the United Suvadive Republic (abolished September 1963), in the Maldives Islands.
The Dalai Lama is granted asylum in India.

Wednesday, March 19, 1958

Monday, March 19, 1956

At age 48, Dutch boxer Bep van Klaveren contests his last match in Rotterdam.

Saturday, March 19, 1955

KXTV of Stockton, California, signs on the air in the United States, being the 100th commercial television station in this country.

Friday, March 19, 1954

Joey Giardello knocks out Willie Tory at Madison Square Garden, in the first televised boxing prize fight to be shown in color.

Thursday, March 19, 1953

The 25th Academy Awards ceremony is held (the first one broadcast on television).

Wednesday, March 19, 1947

The 19th Academy Awards ceremony is held. The movie "Best Years of Our Lives" wins the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with several other Academy Awards.

Monday, March 19, 1945

Off the coast of Japan, bombers hit the aircraft carrier USS "Franklin", killing about 800 of her crewmen and crippling the ship.
Adolf Hitler orders that all industries, military installations, machine shops, transportation facilities and communications facilities in Germany be destroyed.

Sunday, March 19, 1944

WWII: German forces occupy Hungary in Operation Margarethe.

Sunday, March 19, 1939

Hitler sends a registered letter to the government of Lithuania stating that Germany intends to annex the port of Memel.

Tuesday, March 19, 1935

A riot breaks out in Harlem, NYC, after a rumor that police killed a shoplifter in the S. H. Kress Co. department store circulates.

Friday, March 19, 1920

The United States Congress refuses to ratify the Treaty of Versailles.

Tuesday, March 19, 1918

The U.S. Congress establishes time zones and approves daylight saving time (DST goes into effect on March 31).

Friday, March 19, 1915

Pluto is photographed for the first time but is not then classified as a planet.

Sunday, March 19, 1911

International Women's Day is celebrated for the first time.//timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/education/First-Womens-Day-celebration-took-place-in-1911/articleshow/7643681.cms First Women's Day celebration took place in 1911, "The Times of India", 7 March 2011.

Thursday, March 19, 1903

The oldest Turkish football club, Besiktas JK, is founded in Istanbul.

Saturday, March 19, 1887

Henry Cogswell College is established by Henry D. Cogswell.

Saturday, March 19, 1870

The Ohio Legislature passes the Cannon Act, thereby establishing the Ohio Agriculture and Mechanical College, later Ohio State University.

Sunday, March 19, 1865

The Claywater Meteorite explodes just before reaching ground level in Vernon County, Wisconsin fragments having a combined mass of 1.5 kg are recovered.
American Civil War: In Virginia, Confederate forces capture Fort Stedman from the Union. Lee's army suffers heavy casualties during the battle of Fort Stedman—about 2,900, including 1,000 captured in the Union counterattack. Confederate positions are weakened. After the battle, Lee's defeat is only a matter of time.
American Civil War: The Battle of Bentonville begins by the end of the battle on March 21 the Confederate forces retreat from Four Oaks, North Carolina.

Thursday, March 19, 1863

The {{SS|Georgiana}} is destroyed on her maiden voyage while attempting to run the blockade into Charleston, South Carolina. The wreck is discovered exactly 102 years later by E. Lee Spence.

Tuesday, March 19, 1861

An earthquake completely destroys Mendoza, Argentina.
Italian unification: The surrender of Civitella del Tronto ends the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

Tuesday, March 19, 1850

Wednesday, March 19, 1834

Founding of Cavendish Villa Football Club.{{where|date=December 2011}}

Wednesday, March 19, 1823

Agustin de Iturbide, Emperor of Mexico, abdicates thus ending the short-lived First Mexican Empire.

Thursday, March 19, 1812

The Cádiz Cortes, in exile, create the first modern Spanish constitution.

Saturday, March 19, 1707

The Act of Union with Scotland is ratified by the English Parliament.

Wednesday, March 19, 1687

The men under explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle murder him while searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Friday, March 19, 1649

The House of Commons of England passes an act abolishing the House of Lords, declaring that it is "useless and dangerous to the people of England".{{cite web|title=March 1649 - An Act for the Abolishing the House of Peers.|url=//www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=56321|accessdate=2012-02-16}}
March ndash Robert Blake is promoted to become a General at Sea of the English fleet.{{cite web|first=Michael|last=Baumber|title=Blake, Robert (bap. 1598, d. 1657)|work=Oxford Dictionary of National Biography|publisher=Oxford University Press|year=2004|url=//www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/2582|accessdate=2010-08-24|doi=10.1093/ref:odnb/2582}} {{ODNBsub}}

Wednesday, March 19, 1642

The citizens of Galway seize an English naval ship, close the town gates and declare support for Confederate Ireland.

Sunday, March 19, 1606

Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, in the Fortezza Vecchia Chapel of Saint Francesco, elevates Livorno to the rank of city.

Tuesday, March 12, 1286 (Julianian calendar)

The Guelph Republic of Siena allows exiled Ghibelline rebels back into the city.ref name=biografico{{cite web|last=Catoni|first=Giuliano|title=BONSIGNORI|url=//www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/bonsignori_(Dizionario-Biografico)/|work=Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani|accessdate=20 December 2011}}
King Rudolph I of Germany declares all Jews to be serfs of the Treasury, thus negating all their political freedoms.
King Alexander III of Scotland dies in a horse accident with only Yolande of Dreux, Queen of Scotland's unborn child and 3-year-old Margaret, Maid of Norway as heirs this sets the stage for the First War of Scottish Independence and increased influence of England over Scotland.
Prussians resettled in Sambia stage a famous uprising.
King Philip IV of France imposes the gabelle ndash a tax on salt in the form of a state monopoly ndash which would become immensely unpopular and grossly unequal, but persist until 1790.

Sunday, March 12, 1279 (Julianian calendar)

The Mongol Empire reaches its largest extent. However, by this time the empire has already partially fragmented.
Battle of Yamen: Kublai Khan's Yuan Dynasty defeats and ends the Song Dynasty, and becomes the emperor of all China.

Friday, March 12, 1227 (Julianian calendar)

Pope Gregory IX succeeds Pope Honorius III as the 178th pope.
Source: Wikipedia