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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.

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

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