1799 Napoleon Bonaparte captures Jaffa, Palestine.
1804 Congress orders the removal of Indians east of the Mississippi River to Louisiana.
1804 The territory of New Orleans is organized in the Louisiana Purchase.
1827 German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven dies in Vienna. He had been deaf for the later part of his life, but said on his death bed "I shall hear in heaven."
1832 Famed western artist George Catlin begins his voyage up the Missouri River aboard the American Fur Company steamship Yellowstone.
1885 Eastman Film Co. manufactures the first commercial motion picture film.
1913 The Balkan allies take Adrianople.
1918 On the Western Front, the Germans take the French towns Noyon, Roye and Lihons.
1938 Herman Goering warns all Jews to leave Austria.
1942 The Germans begin sending Jews to Auschwitz in Poland.
1950 Senator Joe McCarthy names Owen Lattimore, an ex-State Department adviser, as a Soviet spy.
1951 The United States Air Force flag design is approved.
1953 Eisenhower offers increased aid to the French fighting in Indochina.
1953 Dr. Jonas Salk announces a new vaccine against polio.
1954 The United States sets off an H-bomb blast in the Marshall Islands, the second in four weeks.
1961 John F. Kennedy meets with British Premier Macmillan in Washington to discuss increased Communist involvement in Laos.
1969 The Soviet weather Satellite Meteor 1 is launched.
1969 Writer John Kennedy Toole commits suicide at the age of 32. His mother helps get his first and only novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, published. It goes on to win the 1981 Pulitzer Prize.
1979 The Camp David treaty is signed between Israel and Egypt.
1982 Ground is broken in Washington D.C. for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
1989 The first free elections take place in the Soviet Union. Boris Yeltsin is elected.
1992 An Indianapolis court finds heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson guilty of rape.
Born on March 261819 Louise Otto, German author. 1850 Edward Bellamy, writer (Looking Backward).
1859 A.E. Houseman, poet (A Shropshire Lad).
1874 Robert Frost, poet, multiple Pulitzer Prize-winner.
1880 Duncan Hines, U.S. restaurant guide author
1904 Joseph Campbell, folklorist and writer.
1911 Tennessee Williams, American dramatist (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Name Desire).
1914 William Westmoreland, U.S. army general during the Vietnam War.
1923 Bob Elliot, radio comedian, one half of Bob and Ray.
1930 Gregory Corso, beat poet, discovered literature in prison.
1930 Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
1933 Vine Deloria, Jr., writer, activist.
1942 Erica Jong, poet, novelist (Fear of Flying, How to Save Your Own Life).