4th March 1928
Alan Sillitoe, English author and poet, was born. 90 years.
5th March 1953
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, Russian and Soviet composer, pianist and conductor, died. 65 years.
5th March 1868
Mefistofele, an opera by Arrigo Boito receives its première performance at La Scala. 150 years.
5th March 1953
Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union, died. 65 years.
10th March 1948
Zelda Fitzgerald, American author, poet, dancer, and wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, died. 70 years.
11th March 1818
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley, was published. 200 years.
12th March 1863
Gabriele D'Annunzio, Italian poet, playwright and politician, was born. 155 years.
12th March 1918
Moscow becomes the capital of Russia again after Saint Petersburg held this status for 215 years. 100 years.
12th March 1938
Anschluss (annexation of Austria): German troops marched into Austria unopposed. Hitler now had control of Austria. 80 years.
13th March 1593
Georges de La Tour, French painter, was born. 425 years.
13th March 2013
Pope Francis is elected, in the papal conclave, as the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church. 5 years.
14th March 1883
Karl Marx, philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist and revolutionary socialist, died. 135 years.
14th March 1958
Albert II, Prince of Monaco, son of Prince Ranieri III and Grace Kelly, was born. 60 years.
15th March 1943
David Cronenberg, Canadian actor, director, and screenwriter, was born. 75 years.
17th March 1938
Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev, Russian-French dancer and choreographer, was born. 80 years.
18th March 1768
Laurence Sterne, Irish novelist, died. 250 years.
22nd March 1948
Andrew Lloyd Webber, English director and composer, was born. 70 years.
22nd March 1961
John Profumo, British Secretary of State for War, denied in a statement any impropriety with the model, Christine Keeler. 55 years.
22nd March 1963
Please Please Me, the debut studio album by the Beatles, is released. 55 years.
24th March 1693
John Harrison, English carpenter and clock-maker, inventor of the Marine chronometer, was born. 325 years.

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