23 March 1680: Death of Nicolas Fouquet, French Minister

Nicolas Fouquet was born in Paris on 27 January 1615, the son of a royal administrator and shipowner.

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22 March 1910: Birth of Nicholas Monsarrat, British Novelist

Nicholas John Turney Monsarrat was born on 22 March 1910 in Liverpool, England.

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21 March 1960: The Sharpeville Massacre

On 21 March 1960 in the township of Sharpeville, South Africa, 69 black men, women and children were shot dead when police officers opened fire on unarmed demonstrators. The shootings shocked the world and were condemned by the United Nations, but none of the police officers involved have ever been convicted of an offence in

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20 March 1980: The Sinking of Radio Caroline

At noon on Easter Sunday, 29 March 1964, a new radio station started broadcasting from an old Danish ferry (renamed the MV Caroline) anchored in international waters three miles from the Suffolk coast. The first song played, Not Fade Away by the Rolling Stones, was

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19 March 1950: Death of Edgar Rice Burroughs, American Novelist

Edgar Rice Burroughs was born on 1 September 1875 in Chicago, Illinois, USA, the son of George and Mary Burroughs.

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18 March 1950: Collapse of the Belgian Government

When the Belgian people voted in a referendum on the return of their king in March 1950 he had been in exile in Switzerland for five years. The question of King Leopold III’s return to Belgium had remained unanswered since the end of the Second World War and a settlement of the matter was required.

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17 March 1880: Birth of Lawrence Oates, British Explorer

Lawrence Edward Grace Oates was born on 17 March 1880 at Putney, London, one of the four children of William and Caroline Oates. He was privately educated after ill health cut short his attendance at Eton College after two years. Read the full biography page of Lawrence Oates.

17 March 1880: Birth of Lawrence Oates, British Explorer

16 March 1190: The Massacre of the Jews of York

On the night of 16 March 1190, the Jewish feast of Shabbat ha-Gadol, 150 men, women and children died at the royal castle at York, where Clifford’s Tower now stands. Many died following a mass-suicide and the rest at the hands of a mob waiting outside.

Jewish communities had been established in London in the

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15 March 1820: Maine Became the 23rd US State

The State of Maine

Prior to the American War of Independence the territory that comprises the present day state of Maine, USA, formed part of the county of Sunbury in the Province of Nova Scotia. Following the Peace of Paris at end of the war in 1783, Maine was confirmed as being part of

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14 March 1590: The Battle of Ivry

The Battle of Ivry by Rubens

On 14 March 1590 the Protestant forces of the new French king, Henry IV, faced the armies of the Catholic League, led by the Duke of Mayenne, on the plain of Épieds near Ivry, Normandy. The end of the battle, which was one of many during the long

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