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3rd March 1996 (23 Years)
Marguerite Duras, a French writer of award-winning books such as L'Amant and film director, dies. 20 years.
3rd March 2003 (16 Years)
Luis Marden, American photojournalist (b. 1913), died. 20 years.
4th March 1193 (826 Years)
Saladin, Iraqi-Egyptian sultan who led the Muslim opposition to the Crusaders in the Levant, died. 825 years.
4th March 1493 (526 Years)
Christopher Columbus arrives back in Lisbon, Portugal, aboard his ship Niña from his voyage to what is now The Bahamas and other islands in the Caribbean. 525 years.
4th March 1890 (129 Years)
The longest bridge in Great Britain, the Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland, measuring 1,710 feet (520 m) long, is opened by the Prince of Wales, who later becomes King Edward VII. 130 years.
4th March 1913 (106 Years)
Woodrow Wilson inaugurated as 28th president of the United States. 110 years.
4th March 1916 (103 Years)
Franz Marc, German painter and printmaker, dies. 100 years.
4th March 1917 (102 Years)
Jeannette Rankin, first woman elected to hold national office in the United States: "I may be the first woman member of Congress but I won’t be the last.". 100 years.
4th March 1917 (102 Years)
Jeannette Rankin, first woman elected to hold national office in the United States: "I may be the first woman member of Congress but I won’t be the last.". 100 years.
4th March 1918 (101 Years)
The USS Cyclops departs from Barbados and is never seen again, lost in the Bermuda Triangle. 100 years.
4th March 1922 (97 Years)
Expressionist horror film, Nosferatu, is released in Germany. 95 years.
4th March 1928 (91 Years)
Alan Sillitoe, English author and poet, was born. 90 years.
4th March 1932 (87 Years)
Miriam Makeba, South African singer-songwriter, actress, and activist, was born. 85 years.
4th March 1936 (83 Years)
German airship Hindenburg made its first flight. It was destroyed by fire in May 1937. 80 years.
4th March 1952 (67 Years)
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis got married in Los Angeles, California. 65 years.
4th March 1975 (44 Years)
Comic genius Charlie Chaplin is knighted. 45 years.
4th March 1980 (39 Years)
Nationalist leader Robert Mugabe wins a sweeping election victory to become Zimbabwe's first black prime minister. 35 years.
5th March 1616 (403 Years)
Work of Copernicus banned by the Congregation of the Index. 400 years.
5th March 1817 (202 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. 200 years.
5th March 1827 (192 Years)
Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist known for inventing the battery, dies. 190 years.
5th March 1868 (151 Years)
Mefistofele, an opera by Arrigo Boito receives its première performance at La Scala. 150 years.
5th March 1953 (66 Years)
Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union, died. 65 years.
5th March 1966 (53 Years)
Anna Akhmatova, Russian modernist poet and one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon, dies. 50 years.
6th March 1475 (544 Years)
Michelangelo Buonarroti was born near Arezzo, Italy. 545 years.
6th March 1937 (82 Years)
Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to fly in space, is born. 80 years.
6th March 1986 (33 Years)
Georgia O'Keeffe, American painter of nature and the southwestern landscape, dies. 30 years.
7th March 1965 (54 Years)
Selma Montgomery marches begin. 55 years.
8th March 1917 (102 Years)
The Russian Revolution begins. 100 years.
8th March 1917 (102 Years)
Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, German general and later aircraft manufacturer, who founded the Zeppelin airship company, died. 100 years.
8th March 1917 (102 Years)
Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, German general and later aircraft manufacturer, who founded the Zeppelin airship company, died. 100 years.

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