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This Day in History - March 16

March 16

597 BC – Babylonians capture Jerusalem

37 – Roman Emperor Tiberius dies on the Bay of Naples in Italy

1190 – The Crusades begin with the massacre of Jews in York, England

1521 – Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines

1527 – Emperor Babur defeats the Rajputs at the Battle of Khanwa

1621 – The first Indian appears to colonists in Plymouth, Massachusetts

1751 – Fourth President of the US, James Madison, is born

1789 – German physicist George S. Ohm is born

1792 – King Gustav III of Sweden is shot by Count Anckarstrom at a masked ball at the Opera and will die on March 29th

1802 – The US Military Academy is founded by Congress at West Point, New York

1822 – French painter and sculptor Rosa Bonheur is born

1822 – Union general in Civil War, John Pope, is born

1833 – Susan Hayhurst becomes the first woman to graduate from a pharmacy college

1850 – Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is published

1861 – Russian dramatist Maxim Gorky is born

1865 – Union troops push past Confederates at the Battle of Averasborough, NC

1867 – First publication of an article by Joseph Lister appears, discussing the discovery of antiseptic surgery

1881 – Francisco “Chico” Forster is shot to death by eighteen-year-old Lastania Abarta. Forster took Abarta’s virginity, while convincing her that he’d marry her, but instead, ran away. A jury of men acquitted Alberta completely, with her lawyers’ defense of “female hysteria.”

1903 – The self-proclaimed “law west of the Pecos,” Judge Roy Bean, dies

1907 – The British cruiser Invincible, the world’s largest, is completed at a Glasgow shipyard

1912 – Wife of President Richard Nixon, Thelma Catherine Patricia Ryan Nixon is born

1913 – The 15,000-ton battleship Pennsylvania, is launched in Virginia

1916 – German Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz resigns

1917 – Russian Czar Nicholas II abdicates the throne

1917 – Colombian actor Samael Aun Weor is born

1926 – Physicist Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fuel rocket

1926 – Comedian and actor Jerry Lewis is born

1928 – The US plans to send 1,000 more Marines to Nicaragua

1935 – Adolf Hitler orders a German rearmament in violation of the Versailles Treaty

1939 – Germany occupies the remaining parts of Czechoslovakia

1945 – Iwo Jima is declared secure by US forces although small pockets of Japanese resistance still exist

1953 – Computer programmer Richard Stallman is born

1953 – The Baseball owners refuse to allow Bill Veeck to move his St. Louis Browns to Baltimore, thus forcing Veeck to sell the struggling team

1954 – CBS introduces The Morning Show hosted by Walter Cronkite to compete with the Today Show on NBC

1954 – Singer, songwriter, actress, guitarist and producer Nancy Wilson is born

1960 – Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho premiers

1964 – President Lyndon Johnson submits a billion dollar war on poverty program to Congress

1968 – US troops in Vietnam destroy a village of mostly women and children in the My-Lai massacre. Anywhere from 200 to 500 unarmed civilians were killed

1968 – General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado

1970 – Motown singer Tammi Terrell dies

1975 – The withdrawal from Pleiku and Kontum begins as the North Vietnamese close in

1978 – Italian politician Aldo Moro is kidnapped and will later be murdered by the Red Brigades

1978 – The supertanker Amoco Cadiz, wrecks off the coast of France. It remains the largest shipwreck in history due to the massive size of the ship. The Cadiz was 65 meters longer than the Titanic and dumped 68 million gallons of oil when it wrecked

1983 – Radio and television host Arthur Godfrey dies

1984 – Mozambique and South Africa sign a pact banning support for one another’s internal enemies

1985 – Terry Anderson, a reporter with the Associated Press, is taken hostage by Islamic terrorists in Beirut. He will become the longest-held hostage in Lebanon, not being released until December 4, 1991

1986 – Japanese figure skater Daisuke Takahashi is born

1988 – President Ronald Regan orders troops to Honduras

1988 – Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter of the National Security Council are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the US for their role in the Iran-contra scandal

1988 – A poison gas attack kills 5,000 civilians in the Kurdish town of Halabjah-an attack speculated to have been carried out on the orders of Iraqi despot Saddam Hussein

1988 – In Northern Ireland, an Ulster loyalist, Michael Stone, kills three at a Provisional IRA funeral

2003 – Race car driver Ricky Craven wins the Darlington 500

2003 – Activist Rachel Corrie dies

2005 – Actor Robert Blake is acquitted by a jury in Los Angeles for the murder of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. He will be ordered to pay $30 million to Bakley’s children during a civil trial eight months later

2006 – Painter Minnie Pwerle dies

2008 – Australian cricket player Bill Brown dies


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.


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