On This Day March 15th

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All these events took place on 15th March

On This Day in 1493 Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his first voyage to the New World.
Columbus set sail on 3 August 1492. He had three wooden ships, the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. On Christmas night 1492 the Santa Maria was wrecked. It hit a reef. The other two ships sailed home.


Columbus left 40 men behind. He took some captive Native Americans with him and landed in Spain on March 15th 1493.
Ed:"Contrary to popular belief Columbus did not 'discover' America. There were many people already living there and Vikings from Europe had landed in America 500 years before.


On This Day in 1895 Bone Mizell, the famed cowboy of Florida, appears before a judge for altering cattle brands!
Legendary local character, "the original Florida Cracker Cowboy" Bone Mizell was the eighth of 12 children for Morgan Mizell and Mary Fletcher Tucker. Bone's daddy much admired the diminutive French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, so he saddled his new son with the fancy name of Morgan Bonaparte Mizell. That's where the comparison ended, however. Napoleon was just over 5 feet tall; Bone was nearly 6 feet 5.

Bone Mizell

On July 14, 1921, Morgan Bonaparte Mizell, 58, died with his boots on lying in the telegraph office waiting for money. The signature of L.L. Morgan, brother of the depot agent and the local undertaker, was the only one on Bone's death certificate. Where it asked the 'cause of death,' the certificate read: 'Moonshine-went to sleep and did not wake up.'

On This Day in 1974 Architect John Poulson was jailed for five years for corruption after being found guilty of bribing public figures to win contracts.


Poulson, who was found guilty of conspiracy to make or receive corrupt gifts, admitted that cash or presents worth £30,000 had changed hands, but had denied corruption. Leeds Crown Court was told that the 63-year-old gave away more than £500,000 in suits, holidays and flowers to win contracts.
After Poulson's business collapsed in 1972, an investigation revealed it had been making payments to several MPs, police officers, health authorities and civil servants.

On This Day in 1972 DJ Robert W. Morgan played the Donny Osmond version of 'Puppy Love' for 90 minutes on the radio station KHJ in Los Angeles, USA. LAPD mistakenly raided the station studios after receiving numerous calls from confused listeners,and the officers left without making any arrests.

Donny Osmond

On This Day in 1969, Cream started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their fourth and final original album 'Goodbye.' The single, 'Badge', (which was written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison), was subsequently released from the album a month later.