March 16 Events in History - March 16 Birthdays - March 16 Deaths



2014 Crimean voters support seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia in a referendum deemed illegal by the E.U. and the U.S.
2014 An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale strikes approximately 40 miles northwest of Iquique, Chile
2013 As part of its effort to protect America from an attack by North Korea, the U.S. invests $1 billion in ground-based missile interceptors on the West Coast
2013 In Vatican City, Italy, Pope Francis delivers his first message at the Vatican, telling journalists wants "a poor Church, for the poor"
2012 After three years without an elected head of state, Nicolae Timofti is named President of Moldova
2012 In a gesture to honor North Korean founder Kim II-Sung's birthday in April, North Korea plans to launch a new satellite that reportedly will be used to study crops and natural resources
2011 U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, publicly announces she will retire rather than serve a second term in 2012 if President Obama is reelected
2011 The Japanese yen hits a postwar hight against the U.S. dollar
2010 Real blood is spilled at the gates of government by the Thai redshirts, in a third day of protests
1997 Donna Andrews wins LPGA Welch's/Circle K Championship
1997 New Jersey Devils' Dave Andreychuk is 26th NHL to score 500 goals
1997 Stuart Appleby wins Honda Golf Classic
1997 Toshiba Senior Golf Classic
1996 Mike Tyson KOs Frank Bruno in 2nd round
1995 Dow-Jones hits record 4069.15
1995 Manhattan upsets 4th seeded Oklahoma 77-67
1995 Mississippi House of Representatives formally abolishes slavery and ratifies 13th Amendment
1995 World best 7th wkt stand 461 by Bhupinder Singh, Jr. and P Dharmani
1994 Moravcik forms Slovakia government
1992 Matt Keough, in the dugout, is hit flush in the head by a batted ball
1991 7 of Reba McEntire band members are killed in a plane crash
1991 Members of Irish Gay and Lesbian Organization march in New York City parade
1991 New Jersey Net coach Bill Fitch is 4th coach to win 800 NBA games
1991 New York Lotto pays $33.3 million to one winner, with the numbers 18-21-32-33-35-38
1991 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Munich won by Kristi Yamaguchi
1988 Federal grand jury indicts North and Poindexter in Iran-Contra affair
1988 North-Ireland Protestant fires on Catholic funeral, 3 killed
1988 U.S. sends 3000 soldiers to Nicaragua's neighbor Honduras
1986 Chris Johnson wins LPGA GNA/Glendale Federal Golf Classic
1985 Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson taken hostage in Beirut
1985 Denny McLain, pitcher; convicted of racketeering, sentenced to 25 yrs
1984 Gunmen kidnap William Buckley, CIA station chief in Beirut
1984 South Africa and Mozambique sign non attack treaty
1983 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Nets-1,814)
1980 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic
1979 CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney
1978 Amoco Cadiz spills 223,000 tons of crude oil off French coast
1978 Red Brigade kidnaps former premier Aldo Moro in Italy, 5 killed
1978 Soyuz 26 returns to Earth
1978 U.S. Senate accepts Panama Canal treaty
1978 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1977 U.S. president Carter pleads for Palestinian homeland
1976 British premier Harold Wilson resigns
1975 "Lieutenant" closes at Lyceum Theater New York City after 9 performances
1975 U.S. Mariner 10 makes 3rd and final fly-by of Mercury
1974 1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville
1972 John and Yoko are served with deportation papers
1971 13th Grammy Awards: Bridge over Troubled Water, Carpenters win
1971 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, Texas (IND) suspends broadcasting
1970 New English Bible published
1970 WNIN TV channel 9 in Evansville, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
1969 "1776" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 1217 performances
1969 Boston Bruins scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
1969 Peter Stone and Sherman Edward's "1776," premieres in New York City
1969 Viasa DC-9 crashes at Maracaibo's Grano de Oro airport, killing 155
1968 My Lai massacre occurs (Vietnam War); 450 die
1968 Robert F. Kennedy announces presidential campaign
1966 Gemini 8 launched with Armstrong and Scott, aborted after 6.5 orbits
1966 Man From Uncle star David McCallum receives huge welcome in London
1964 KCOY TV channel 12 in Santa Maria, California (CBS) begins broadcasting
1964 Paul Hornung and Alex Karras reinstated in NFL after 1 year suspension
1962 1st launching of Titan 2-rocket
1962 U.S. Super-Constellation disappears above Pacific Ocean, kills 167
1959 Iraq and U.S.S.R. sign economic/technical treaty
1958 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1957 9th Emmy Awards: Phil Silvers Show, Robert Young and Loretta Young
1957 Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1957 Toronto Maple Leafs tie NHL record 37 points beating New York Rangers 14-1
1956 U.S. Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
1956 U.S. Mens Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
1955 Josephine Kroesen appointed as 1st Dutch female judge
1955 President Eisenhower upheld the use of atomic weapons in case of war
1953 AL rejects Bill Veeck's request to move St. Louis Browns to Baltimore
1952 1870 mm rain in Cilaos, Reunion (world record)
1952 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1950 1st annual National Book Awards
1949 KFMB TV channel 8 in San Diego, California (CBS) begins broadcasting
1947 Convair Liner, 1st U.S. twin-engine pressurized airplane, tested
1946 "Would-Be Gentleman" closes at Booth Theater New York City after 77 performances
1945 Allies secure Iwo Jima
1944 Vichy Internal minister Pucheu sentenced to death
1943 Elin K (No) and Zaanland (Netherlands) torpedoed and sinks
1941 Blizzard hits North Dakota and Minnesota killing 60
1941 Dmitri Shostakovich receives the Stalin Prize
1941 National Gallery of Art opens in Washington D.C.
1940 German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow
1939 Germany occupies Czechoslovakia
1939 Hungary annexes republic of Karpato-Ukraine
1939 NHL record 10 goals in 1 period-New York Rangers (7), New York Americans (3) and a record 26 points in the 3rd period
1938 Noel Coward's musical "Operette," premieres in London
1938 Temple defeats Colorado to win 1st NIT
1937 All but one senior fouls out of a scrimmage game between seniors and sophomores, but he holds on to win the game 35-32
1935 Hitler orders German rearmament, violating Versailles Treaty
1934 Congress passes Migratory Bird Conservation Act
1933 Hitler names Hjalmar Shaft, president of Bank of Germany
1931 Genootschap Onze Taal (Our Language) organizes (Netherlands)
1930 USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) floated out to become a national shrine
1929 WHP-AM in Harrisburg Pennsylvania begins radio transmissions
1926 Robert Goddard launches 1st liquid fuel rocket, goes 184' (56 meters)
1923 Hugo von Hofmannsthal's "Der Unbestechliche," premieres in Vienna
1922 Sultan Fuad I crowned king of Egypt, England recognizes Egypt
1922 WKY-AM in Oklahoma City OK begins radio transmissions
1920 1 Acre Park also known as Baby Park in the Bronx renamed Melrose Park
1919 Frank Wedekind's "Elius Erweckung," premieres in Hamburg
1918 Geoffrey O'Hara's "K-K-K-Katy" song published
1916 James Barries' "Kiss for Cinderella," premieres in London
1916 U.S. and Canada sign migratory bird treaty
1915 British battle cruisers Inflexible and Irresistible hit mines in Dardanelle
1915 Federal Trade Commission organizes
1912 Mrs. William Howard Taft plants 1st cherry tree in Washington D.C.
1911 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators beat Port Arthur (Ont) 13-4
1910 Barney Oldfield sets land speed record of 131.7 mph at Daytona
1907 1st 1st-class cricket game between NSW and Western Australia
1900 Sir Arthur Evans finds old city of Knossus
1897 Start of Sherlock Holmes "The Adventure of The Devil's Foot"
1896 Premiere of Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen"
1894 Jules Massenet's opera "Thais," premieres in Paris
1882 U.S. Senate ratifies treaty establishing the Red Cross
1881 Barnum and Bailey Circus debuts
1877 Charles Bannerman completes 1st Test cricket century, 165 vs. Eng
1876 Nelly Saunders and Rose Harland fight 1st female boxing match (NY)
1872 1st FA Cup Final: Wanderers-Royal Engineers 1-0 in Bolton
1871 1st fertilizer law enacted
1869 Hiram R. Revels makes 1st official speech by a black in the Senate
1865 Battle of Averasboro North Carolina (1,500 casualities)
1862 Battle at Pound Gap Kentucky: Confederates separate battles
1861 Arizona Territory votes to leave the Union
1861 Confederate government appoints commissioners to Britain
1850 Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter" published
1836 Texas approves a constitution
1834 HMS Beagle anchors at Berkeley Sound, Falkland Islands
1833 Susan Hayhurst becomes 1st U.S. woman grad of a pharmacy college
1830 London's re-organised police force (Scotland Yard)
1830 New York Stock Exchange slowest day ever (31 shares traded)
1829 Ohio authorizes high school night classes
1827 1st U.S. black newspaper, "Freedom's Journal" (New York City), begins publishing
1822 Composer Gioacchino Rossini marries Spanish soprano
1815 Willem I proclaimed king of the Netherlands, including Belgium
1802 U.S. Academy at West Point founded
1802 Law signed to establish U.S. Miltary Academy (West Point, New York)
1802 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers established (2nd time)
1792 Murder attempt on King Gustavus III by count Ankarstrom at opera
1731 Treaty of Vienna: Emperor Charles VI of England and Netherlands
1730 Willem Charles Henry Friso installed as viceroy of Drenthe
1690 French king Louis XIV sends troops to Ireland
1660 English Long Parliament disbands
1641 General court declares RI a democracy and adopts new constitution
1621 Native American chief visits colony of Plymouth Mass
1527 Battle at Khanua: Mogol Emperor Babur beats Rajputen
1521 Magelhaes' fleet discovers Zamal (Samar)
1521 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches Philippines
1517 Pope Leo X signs 5th Council of Lateranen
1345 Holy spirit glides above fire: "the miracle of Amsterdam" (legend)
1190 Crusades begin massacre of Jews of York England
1079 Iran adopts solar Hijrah calendar











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