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  • 1603, Queen Elizabeth dies at the age of 69 after reigning over England for 44 years. The Tudor dynasty dies with her (24 March 1603);
  • 1957, France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg sign the Treaty of Rome establishing the EEC (25 March 1957);
  • 1920, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel (This Side of Paradise) is published (26 March 1920);
  • 1905, the Deptford Murders are committed. The killers became the UK’s first to be convicted for murder based on fingerprint evidence (27 March 1905);
  • 1979, the USA’s most serious nuclear accident takes place at the Three Mile Island plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (28 March 1979);
  • 1973, the last US troops leave South Vietnam following the Paris Peace Accords signed in January of that year (29 March 1973);
  • 1981, Ronald Reagan is shot by John Hinckley, Jr. outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. (30 March 1980).