2nd March 1791
John Wesley, Anglican cleric and founder of the Methodist Church, dies. 225 years.
2nd March 1991
Serge Gainsbourg, French singer-songwriter, actor, and director, died. 25 years.
3rd March 1816
William James Blacklock, an English landscape painter, is born. 200 years.
3rd March 1996
Marguerite Duras, a French writer of award-winning books such as L'Amant and film director, dies. 20 years.
4th March 1916
Franz Marc, German painter and printmaker, dies. 100 years.
4th March 1936
German airship Hindenburg made its first flight. It was destroyed by fire in May 1937. 80 years.
5th March 1616
Work of Copernicus banned by the Congregation of the Index. 400 years.
5th March 1966
Anna Akhmatova, Russian modernist poet and one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon, dies. 50 years.
6th March 1986
Georgia O'Keeffe, American painter of nature and the southwestern landscape, dies. 30 years.
8th March 1971
Harold Lloyd, one of the most influential actor of the silent film era together with Chaplin and Keaton, died. 45 years.
10th March 1986
Ray Milland, a Welsh actor and director, died. 30 years.
11th March 1916
Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister, is born. 100 years.
12th March 1936
Patrick Procktor, English painter, printmaker and stage designer, is born. 80 years.
14th March 1991
Margery Sharp, English writer most famous for The Rescuers series, dies. 25 years.
16th March 1976
British Prime Minister Harold Wilson resigned, citing personal reasons. 40 years.
17th March 1941
The National Gallery of Art was officially opened in Washington by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. 75 years.
18th March 1766
American Revolution: the British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act. 250 years.
19th March 1936
Ursula Andress, Swiss film and television actress, former model and sex symbol, was born. 80 years.
20th March 1616
Sir Walter Raleigh is freed from the Tower of London after 13 years of imprisonment. 400 years.
20th March 1916
Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity. 100 years.

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