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On this day in history - March 15

What Happened On This Day – March 15

  • 1990 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes President of the Soviet Union

    His economic and political reforms, as well as his advocacy of free speech, strengthened pro-democracy movements in other Eastern European countries and ultimately led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War.

  • 1985 The world's first internet domain name is registered

    symbolics.com was registered by the Symbolics Computer Corporation of Massachusetts. There are over 1 billion domains today.

  • 1972 Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather is premiered

    The gangster movie based on Mario Puzo's novel is one of the most popular films of all time.

  • 1917 The last emperor of Russia abdicates

    Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated following the February Revolution. He was later executed together with his family and some of his servants.

  • 1895 Enrico Caruso makes his stage debut

    The Italian tenor is arguably the most famous opera singer of all time.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
March 15

  • 1979 Kevin Youkilis

    American baseball player

  • 1975 Eva Longoria

    American actress, producer

  • 1947 Ry Cooder

    American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer

  • 1907 Zarah Leander

    Swedish actress, singer

  • 1638 Shunzhi Emperor

    of China

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Deaths On This Day,
March 15

  • 2008 Mikey Dread

    Jamaican singer-songwriter, producer

  • 2001 Ann Sothern

    American actress

  • 1983 Rebecca West

    English journalist, author

  • 1938 Nikolai Bukharin

    Russian politician

  • 1937 H. P. Lovecraft

    American writer