Historic Anniversaries this Week
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Historical Anniversaries this Week

March 25

Events (1300 years ago today): 717 - Theodosius III resigns the throne to the Byzantine Empire to enter the clergy.

Events (100 years ago today): 1917 - The Georgian Orthodox Church restores its autocephaly abolished by Imperial Russia in 1811.

Births (250 years ago today): 1767 - Joachim Murat, French general (d. 1815)

Births (150 years ago today): 1867 - Gutzon Borglum, American sculptor, designed Mount Rushmore (d. 1941)

Births (50 years ago today): 1967 - Matthew Barney, American sculptor and photographer

Deaths (100 years ago today): 1917 - Elizabeth Storrs Mead, American academic (b. 1832)

Commemorations:
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Greece National Day

March 26

Events (100 years ago today): 1917 - World War I: First Battle of Gaza - British troops are halted after 17,000 Turks block their advance.

Events (50 years ago today): 1967 - Ten thousand people gather for one of many Central Park be-ins in New York City.

Births (100 years ago today): 1917 - Rufus Thomas, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 2001)

Deaths (500 years ago today): 1517 - Heinrich Isaac, Flemish composer (b. 1450)

Commemorations:
Bangladesh National Day

March 27

Births (100 years ago today): 1917 - Cyrus Vance, American lawyer and politician, 57th United States Secretary of State (d. 2002)

Deaths (50 years ago today): 1967 - Jaroslav Heyrovskı, Czech chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1890)

March 28

Births (100 years ago today): 1917 - Claude Bertrand, Canadian neurosurgeon and scholar (d. 2014)

Births (50 years ago today): 1967 - John Ziegler, German-American radio host and director

Deaths (100 years ago today): 1917 - Albert Pinkham Ryder, American painter (b. 1847)

March 29

Events (150 years ago today): 1867 - Queen Victoria gives Royal Assent to the British North America Act which establishes the Dominion of Canada on July 1.

Births (150 years ago today): 1867 - Cy Young, American baseball player and manager (d. 1955)

Births (100 years ago today): 1917 - Tommy Holmes, American baseball player (d. 2008)

Births (50 years ago today): 1967 - Michel Hazanavicius, French director, producer, and screenwriter

Deaths (550 years ago today): 1467 - Matthew Palaiologos Asen, Byzantine aristocrat and official

March 30

Events (150 years ago today): 1867 - Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million, about 2-cent/acre ($4.19/km²), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward.

Births (100 years ago today): 1917 - Els Aarne, Ukrainian-Estonian pianist, composer, and educator (d. 1995)

Births (50 years ago today): 1967 - Christopher Bowman, American figure skater and coach (d. 2008)

Deaths (50 years ago today): 1967 - Frank Thorpe, Australian public servant (b. 1885)

March 31

Events (300 years ago today): 1717 - A sermon on "The Nature of the Kingdom of Christ" by Benjamin Hoadly, the Bishop of Bangor, provokes the Bangorian Controversy.

Events (100 years ago today): 1917 - The United States takes possession of the Danish West Indies after paying $25 million to Denmark, and renames the territory the United States Virgin Islands.

Births (100 years ago today): 1917 - Dorothy DeLay, American violinist and educator (d. 2002)

Deaths (450 years ago today): 1567 - Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse (b. 1504)

Deaths (100 years ago today): 1917 - Emil von Behring, German physiologist and immunologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1854)

 


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