1277 Stephen Tempier, bishop of Paris, condemned 219 philosophical and theological theses.
1671 Rob Roy MacGregor, Scottish folk hero, was born (d1734).
1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte captured Jaffa in Palestine and his troops killed more than 2,000 Albanian captives.
1814 Napoleon I of France won the Battle of Craonne.
1827 – Brazil marines unsuccessfully attacked the temporary naval base of Carmen de Patagones, Argentina.
1827 – Shrigley Abduction: Ellen Turner was abducted by Edward Gibbon Wakefield a future politician in colonial New Zealand.
1842 The first official execution in New Zealand took place when Maketu Wharetotara, the 17-year-old son of the Nga Puhi chief Ruhe of Waimate, was hanged for killing five people.
1850 Senator Daniel Webster gave his “Seventh of March” speech endorsing the Compromise of 1850 in order to prevent a possible civil war.
1875 Maurice Ravel, French composer, was born(d. 1937).
1887 North Carolina State University was founded.
1912 Roald Amundsen announced that his expedition had reached the South Pole on December 14, 1911.
1914 Prince William of Wied arrived in Albania to begin his reign.
1930 Antony Armstrong-Jones, British photographer, Lord Snowdon, former husband of Princess Margaret, was born.
1936 In violation of the Locarno Pact and the Treaty of Versailles, Germany reoccupied the Rhineland.
1944 Sir Ranulph Fiennes, British soldier and explorer, was born.
1946 Matthew Fisher, British musician (Procol Harum), was born.
1945 American troops seized the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine River at Remagen.
1951 Korean War: Operation Ripper – United Nations troops led by General Matthew Ridgeway began an assault against Chinese forces.
1952 Viv Richards, Antiguan West Indies cricketer, was born.
1958 Rik Mayall, British actor, was born.
1965 Bloody Sunday: A group of 600 civil rights marchers were forcefully broken up in Selma, Alabama.
1973 Sébastien Izambard, operatic pop singer (Il Divo), was born.
1989 Iran and the United Kingdom broke diplomatic relations after a row over Salman Rushdie and his controversial novel.
1994 The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.
2007 – British House of Commons voted to make the upper chamber, theHouse of Lords, 100% elected.
2009– The Real Irish Republican Army killed two British soldiers and two civilians, the first British military deaths in Northern Ireland since The Troubles.
2014 – The opening ceremony for the Winter Paralympics took place in Sochi, Russia.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia