3rd March 1914
Asger Jorn, Danish painter and founding member of the avant-garde movement COBRA, is born. 100 years.
8th March 1714
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the German classical composer, is born. 300 years.
9th March 1934
Yuri Gagarin, the Russian Cosmonaut and Soviet Pilot, is born. 80 years.
13th March 1864
Alexej von Jawlensky, Russian painter and printmaker, active in Germany, is born. 150 years.
14th March 1964
Jack Ruby, who killed Lee Harvey Oswald, is found guilty and sentenced to the electric chair. 50 years.
14th March 1864
Samuel Baker, the British explorer discovers Lake Albert in east Africa. 150 years.
18th March 1944
Last eruption of Mount Vesuvius, killing over 100 people. 70 years.
26th March 1839
The founding of the annual rowing event, the Henley Royal Regatta. 175 years.
31st March 1924
Founding of Imperial Airways in Britain. The only British commercial long range air transport company. 90 years.
31st March 1889
The official opening of the global cultural icon, the Eiffel Tower in Paris. 125 years.
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