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5th March 1616 (401 Years)
Work of Copernicus banned by the Congregation of the Index.
5th March 1817 (200 Years)
The Rt Hon Sir Austen Henry Layard, English traveller, archaeologist, cuneiformist, art historian, best known as the excavator of Nimrud and Niniveh was born.
5th March 1827 (190 Years)
Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist known for inventing the battery, dies.
5th March 1850 (167 Years)
The Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait between the Isle of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales is opened.
5th March 1868 (149 Years)
Mefistofele, an opera by Arrigo Boito receives its première performance at La Scala.
5th March 1936 (81 Years)
The Supermarine Spitfire, the prototype of a British single-seat fighter aircraft took off on its first flight from Eastleigh Aerodrome (later Southampton Airport).
5th March 1946 (71 Years)
Winston Churchill gives his famous "Iron Curtain" speech.
5th March 1953 (64 Years)
Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union, died.
5th March 1953 (64 Years)
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, Russian and Soviet composer, pianist and conductor, died.
5th March 1966 (51 Years)
Anna Akhmatova, Russian modernist poet and one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon, dies.
6th March 1475 (542 Years)
Michelangelo Buonarroti was born near Arezzo, Italy.
6th March 1937 (80 Years)
Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to fly in space, is born.
6th March 1986 (31 Years)
Georgia O'Keeffe, American painter of nature and the southwestern landscape, dies.
6th March 1986 (31 Years)
Georgia Totto O'Keeffe, an American painter of nature and the southwestern landscape, died in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
7th March 1936 (81 Years)
The Rhineland is remilitarized by the German Army: it was the first time since the end of WWI that German troops had been in this region, thus violating the terms of the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Treaties.
7th March 1965 (52 Years)
Selma Montgomery marches begin.
8th March 1714 (303 Years)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the German classical composer, is born.
8th March 1917 (100 Years)
The Russian Revolution begins.
8th March 1917 (100 Years)
Beginning of the Russian Revolution.
8th March 1917 (100 Years)
Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, German general and later aircraft manufacturer, who founded the Zeppelin airship company, died.
8th March 1917 (100 Years)
Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, German general and later aircraft manufacturer, who founded the Zeppelin airship company, died.
8th March 1945 (72 Years)
Anselm Kiefer, a German artist, was born.
8th March 1971 (46 Years)
Harold Lloyd, one of the most influential actor of the silent film era together with Chaplin and Keaton, died.
9th March 1934 (83 Years)
Yuri Gagarin, the Russian Cosmonaut and Soviet Pilot, was born.
9th March 1959 (58 Years)
The Barbie doll made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York.
9th March 1994 (23 Years)
Charles Bukowski died.
10th March 1913 (104 Years)
Harriet Tubman - abolitionist, humanitarian, and conductor on Underground Railroad, died.
10th March 1948 (69 Years)
Zelda Fitzgerald, American author, poet, dancer, and wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, died.
10th March 1986 (31 Years)
Ray Milland, a Welsh actor and director, died.
11th March 1818 (199 Years)
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley, was published.

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