February 16th 1878 : Silver dollar became U.S. legal tender. Themis

February 18th 2011 : Actor John Travolta turns 57 years old today. Themis

February 19th 1959 : An agreement was signed by Britain, Turkey and Greece granting Cyprus its independence. Themis

March 13th 1992: An earthquake registering 6.8 on the Richter scale kills over 500 in Erzincan , eastern Turkey. John

This Day in History for Monday 14th March 2011

1489 - The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice.
1558 - Ferdinand I appointed Holy Roman emperor
1559 - Storm floods ravage Gorinchem, Dordrecht & Woudrichem, Neth
1590 - Battle at Ivry: French King Henri IV beats Catholic League
1629 - England granted a royal charter to Massachusetts Bay Colony
1644 - England grants patent for Providence Plantations (now Rhode Island)
1647 - Thirty Years' War: Bavaria, Cologne, France and Sweden sign the Truce of Ulm.
1653 - Johan van Galen beats English fleet at Livorno
1689 - Scotland dismisses Willem III & Mary Stuart as king & queen
1734 - Prince Willem KHF van Orange marries George II's daughter Mary Anne
1743 - 1st American town meeting (Boston's Faneuil Hall)


March 21st 1421
Battle of Beauge-French beat British
March 21st 1492
Alonzo Pietro, pilot, sailed with Columbus
March 21st 1610
King James I addresses English House of Commons
March 21st 1681
3rd Exclusion Parliament meets in London
March 21st 1697
Czar Peter the Great begins tour through West-Europe
March 21st 1702
Queen Anne Stuart addresses English parliament
March 21st 1788
Fire destroyed 856 buildings in New Orleans Louisiana
March 21st 1788
Gustavus Vassa petitions Queen Charlotte, to free enslaved Africans
March 21st 1790
Thomas Jefferson reports to Pres Washington in NY as Sec of State
March 21st 1791
Capt Hopley Yeaton of NH becomes 1st commissioned officer in USN
March 21st 1804
French civil Code of Napoleon adopted
March 21st 1824
Fire at Cairo ammunitions dump kills 4,000 horses
March 21st 1826
Beethoven's Quartet #13 in B flat major (Op 130) premiered in Vienna
March 21st 1835
Charles Darwin & Mariano Gonzales meet at Portillo Pass


March 22nd 1996

Cheryl Depew, of Florida, crowned 13th Miss Hawaiian Tropic Intl
March 22nd 1996

STS 76 (Atlantis 16), launches into orbit
March 22nd 1997

"Sunset Boulevard," closes at Minskoff NYC after 977 performances
March 22nd 1997

Comet Hale-Bopp Closest Approach to Earth (1.315 AU)
March 22nd 1997

Ladies Fig Skating Championship in Lausanne won by Tara Lipinski (USA)
March 22nd 1998

18th Golden Raspberry Awards
March 22nd 1998

wins Standard Register PING Golf


1999- In Kenya, at least 31 people were killed when a passenger train derailed. Hundreds were injured.
1999 - NATO launched air strikes against Yugoslavia (Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Vojvodina). The attacks marked the first time in its 50-year history that NATO attacked a sovereign country. The bombings were in response to Serbia's refusal to sign a peace treaty with ethnic Albanians who were seeking independence for the province of Kosovo.
1999 - The 7-mile tunnel under Mont Blanc in France was an inferno after a truck carrying flour and margarine caught on fire. At least 30 people were killed.
2001 - Apple Computer Inc's operating system MAC OS X went on sale.
2002 - Thieves stole five 17th century paintings from the Frans Hals Museum in the Dutch city of Haarlem. The paintings were worth about $2.6 million. The paintings were works by Jan Steen, Cornelis Bega, Adriaan van Ostade and Cornelis Dusart.
2005 - The government of Kyrgyzstan collapsed after opposition protesters took over President Askar Akayev's presidential compound and government offices.
2005 - Sandra Bullock received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2006 - In Spain, the Basque separatist group ETA announced a permanent cease-fire.

March 27th 1513

Spaniard Juan Ponce de Leon discovers Florida
March 27th 1599

Robert Devereux becomes lt-general of Ireland
March 27th 1625

Charles I, King Of England, Scotland & Ireland, ascends English throne
March 27th 1668

English king Charles II gives Bombay to East India Company
March 27th 1708

English pretender to the throne James III flees to Dunkerk
March 27th 1709

Dike at Hardinxveld breaks (Alblasserwaard flooded)
March 27th 1713

Spain losses Menorca & Gibraltar
March 27th 1721

France & Spain sign Treaty of Madrid
March 27th 1758

Battle at Emmerich: British army floats around France the Rhine
March 27th 1790

The shoelace invented


MARCH 30th
1987 - Vincent Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" was bought for $39.85 million.
1993 - In Sarajevo, two Serb militiamen were sentenced to death for war crimes committed in Bosnia.
1993 - In the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown hit his first home run.
1994 - Serbs and Croats signed a cease-fire to end their war in Croatia while Bosnian Muslims and Serbs continued to fight each other.
1998 - Rolls-Royce was purchased by BMW in a $570 million deal.
2002 - An unmanned U.S. spy plan crashed at sea in the Southern Philippines.
2002 - Suspected Islamic militants set off several grenades at a temple in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Four civilians, four policemen and two attackers were killed and 20 people were injured.


APRIL 14th :

1990- Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles began a streak of 95 errorless games and 431 total chances by a shortstop.
1994 - Two American F-15 warplanes inadvertently shot down two U.S. helicopters over northern Iraq. 26 people were killed including 15 Americans.
1998 - The state of Virginia ignored the requests from the World Court and executed a Paraguayan for the murder of a U.S. woman.
1999 - Pakistan test-fired a ballistic missile that was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching its rival neighbor India.
2000 - After five years of deadlock, Russia approved the START II treaty that calls for the scrapping of U.S.and Russian nuclear warheads. The Russian government warned it would abandon all arms-control pacts if Washington continued with an anti-missile system.
2002 - U.S. President George W. Bush sent a letter of congratulations to JCPenny's associates for being in business for 100 years. James Cash (J.C.) Penney had opened his first retail store on April 14, 1902.
2002 - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to office two days after being arrested by his country's military.
2008 - Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines announced they were combining.