2nd March 1895
The French Impressionist Painter, Berthe Morisot dies. 120 years.
3rd March 1985
NUM decided to end the Miner's strike. 30 years.
4th March 1665
King Charles II declares war on the Netherlands marking the start of the Second Anglo-Dutch War. 125 years.
4th March 1890
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. 35 years.
4th March 1980
Nationalist leader Robert Mugabe wins a sweeping election victory to become Zimbabwe's first black prime minister. 30 years.
4th March 1975
Comic genius Charlie Chaplin is knighted. 40 years.
5th March 1850
The Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait between the Isle of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales is opened. 350 years.
6th March 1475
Michelangelo Buonarroti is born near Arezzo, Italy. 540 years.
7th March 1965
Selma Montgomery marches begin. 50 years.
8th March 1945
Anselm Kiefer, a German artist, is born. 70 years.
11th March 1955
Sir Alexander Fleming - the man who first discovered the life-saving drug penicillin - dies of a heart attack. 90 years.
13th March 1930
The German artist Günther Uecker, most famous for the use of nails in his art, is born. 85 years.
14th March 1915
The English artist and book illustrator Walter Crane dies. 100 years.
14th March 1885
The Mikado a light opera by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, had its first public performance in London. 60 years.
15th March 1990
Michael Gorbachev becomes president of the Soviet Union. 25 years.
17th March 1905
Franklin Roosevelt marries Eleanor Roosevelt. 110 years.
22nd March 1765
The British Parliament passes the Stamp Act that introduces a tax to be levied directly on its American colonies. 250 years.
26th March 1925
The French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez is born. 90 years.
29th March 1945
World War II: Last day of V-1 flying bomb attacks on England. 250 years.
30th March 1945
English musician, singer and songwriter, Eric Clapton is born. 70 years.

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