On this day …


  • In 44 BC, Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of Roman senators.
  • In 1493, Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first trip to the New World.
  • In 1820, Maine joined the Union as the 23rd state.
  • In 1875, Archbishop of New York John McCloskey was named the first Catholic cardinal in the United States.
  • In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson ordered almost 5,000 U.S. troops over the Mexican border in pursuit of Pancho Villa.
  • In 1917, Czar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated the throne.
  • In 1985, the first internet domain name was registered (symbolics.com).