ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ MARCH 15
1901 - Horse racing is banned in San Francisco, last race Mar 16th
1906 - Brits Rolls, Royce & Johnson form Rolls Royce Ltd
1912 - Pitcher Cy Young retires from baseball with 511 wins
1913 - Cleveland establishes 1st small claims court
1915 - Joe E. Ross, American actor and comedian (d. 1982) is born
1930 - 1st seaplane glider flown, Port Washington, NY
1930 - 1st streamlined submarine of US navy, USS Nautilus, launched
1935 - Jimmy Lee Swaggart, evangelist, is born
1935 - Judd Hirsch, Bronx, actor (Alex-Taxi, Dear John, Ordinary People) is born
1937 - 1st blood bank forms (Chicago IL)
1937 - 1st state contraceptive clinic opens (Raleigh NC)
1939 - Hitler occupies Bohemia & Moravia (Czechoslovakia)
1940 - Goering says 100-200 church bells enough for Germany, smelt the rest
1941 - Mike Love, California, vocalist (Beach Boys) is born
1945 - 17th Academy Awards - "Going my Way," Bing Cosby & Ingrid Bergman win
1945 - "Billboard" magazine began listing a top albums chart. The first #1 was "The Nat King Cole Trio."
1947 - John Lee appointed 1st black commissioned officer in US Navy
1948 - Sir Laurence Olivier on the cover of LIFE magazine
1954 - "CBS Morning Show" premieres with Walter Cronkite & Jack Paar
1955 - Dee Snider, Massapequa NY, (Twisted Sister-We're Not Gonna Take It) is born
1955 - US Air Force unveils self-guided missile
1956 - "My Fair Lady" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 2,715 perfs
1956 - Colonel Tom Parker became Elvis Presley's manager.
1960 - Key Largo Coral Reef Preserve established (1st underwater park)
1960 - National Observatory at Kitt Peak, Arizona dedicated
1960 - Chris Sanders, American animator and director (Disney’s, Lilo and Stitch), is born.
1961 - Fabio [Lanzoni], Italy, romance novels model (Fabio After Dark)
1962 - Wilt Chamberlain is 1st to score 4,000 pts in an NBA season
1963 - Bret Michaels, Harrisburg Pa, guitarist (Poison-Talk Dirty to Me) is born
1964 - LBJ asks for a War on Poverty
1966 - 8th Grammy Awards: Taste of Honey, Tom Jones, Sintra & Striesand
1968 - "LIFE" magazine called Jimi Hendrix "the most spectacular guitarist in the world."
1968 - US Mint stops buying & selling gold
1974 – First Chat Room in use. (Talkomatic was developed in 1973 by Doug Brown on the PLATO System (a system for computer-based education). The software was like a chat room with windows displayed for each logged-in user. Anything a user typed was instantly transmitted so all users could see each other type. By many it is seen as the original text-only chat room.)
1975 - Aristotle Onassis, entrepreneur ( b. 1906), dies
1977 - "Eight is Enough" premiers on ABC-TV
1981 - "Broadway Follies" opens/closes at Nederlander Theater NYC
1985 - Larry Holmes TKOs David Bey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
1985 - The first Internet domain name is registered (symbolics.com).
1998 - Benjamin Spock, “Dr. Spock” (b. 1903), dies.
1999 - Pluto again becomes outermost planet
2004 - Announcement of the discovery of 90377 Sedna, the farthest natural object in the Solar system so far observed.
2009 - Ron Silver, American actor (b. 1946), dies