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    • March 16, 0597 "BC - Babylonians capture Jerusalem, replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king"

    • March 16, 1190 Crusaders start to massacre the Jews of York; many Jews commit suicide rather than submit to baptism.

    • March 16, 1190 Jews of York England commit mass sucide rather than submit to baptism

    • March 16, 1249 "The Servite Order is officially approved by Cardinal Raniero Capocci, papal legate in Tuscany."

    • March 16, 1322 Battle of Boroughbridge in the First War of Scottish Independence.

    • March 16, 1345 "Holy spirit glides above fire; ""the miracle of Amsterdam"" (legend)"

    • March 16, 1517 Pope Leo X signs 5th Council of Lateranen

    • March 16, 1521 Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines.

    • March 16, 1521 Magelhaes' fleet discovers Zamal (Samar)

    • March 16, 1521 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches Philippines

    • March 16, 1527 Battle at Khanua: Mogol Emperor Babur beats Rajputen

    • March 16, 1621 Native American chief visits colony of Plymouth MA

    • March 16, 1621 "Samoset, a Mohegan, visits the settlers of Plymouth Colony and greets them, ""Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset."""

    • March 16, 1641 General court declares Rhode Island a democracy & adopts new constitution

    • March 16, 1649 Jesuit priests Jean de Brébeuf 1593-1649 and Gabriel Lalement 1611-1649 are tortured by Iroquois invaders at St-Louis

    • March 16, 1649 "War party of more than 1000 Iroquois invade Huronia, capturing St-Ignace before sunrise; they will destroy all the villages and Jesuit missions in the area, and only 8 soldiers, 22 donnes and seven servants escape"

    • March 16, 1660 English Long Parliament disbands

    • March 16, 1660 The Long Parliament disbands.

    • March 16, 1689 The 23rd Regiment of Foot or Royal Welch Fusiliers is founded.

    • March 16, 1730 Willem Charles Henry Friso installed as viceroy of Drenthe

    • March 16, 1731 Treaty of Vienna: Emperor Charles VI of England & Netherlands

    • March 16, 1792 King Gustav III of Sweden is shot; he dies on March 29.

    • March 16, 1792 Murder attempt on King Gustavus III by count Ankarstrom at opera

    • March 16, 1800 "In Quebec, Jean-Joseph Casot 1728-1800, last Jesuit survivor of the French regime, dies at Quebec; the property of the order in Canada appropriates to the Crown."

    • March 16, 1802 Law signed to establish US Military Academy (West Point NY)

    • March 16, 1802 The United States Military Academy West Point is established.

    • March 16, 1812 Battle of Badajoz (March 16 - April 6) - British and Portuguese forces besiege and defeat French garrison during Peninsular War.

    • March 16, 1815 "Prince Willem of the House of Orange-Nassau proclaimed himself King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, the first constitutional monarch in the Netherlands."

    • March 16, 1815 "Willem I proclaimed king of the Netherlands, including Belgium"

    • March 16, 1818 Battle of Cancha Rayada - Spanish forces defeat Chileans under Jos de San Martn.

    • March 16, 1827 "US black newspaper, ""Freedom's Journal"" (New York NY), begins publishing"

    • March 16, 1829 Ohio authorizes high school night classes

    • March 16, 1830 London's re-organised police force (Scotland Yard) forms

    • March 16, 1833 Susan Hayhurst becomes first US woman grad of a pharmacy college

    • March 16, 1836 Texas approves a constitution

    • March 16, 1843 James Douglas 1803-1877 starts construction of Fort Camosun [Victoria]; first Hudson's Bay Company post on Vancouver Island.

    • March 16, 1850 "Nathaniel Hawthorne's ""Scarlet Letter"" published"

    • March 16, 1855 "Bates College in Lewiston, Maine is founded."

    • March 16, 1861 Arizona Territory votes to leave the Union

    • March 16, 1861 Confederate government appoints commissioners to Britain

    • March 16, 1861 "Edward Clark became Governor of Texas, replacing Sam Houston, who was evicted from the office for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy."

    • March 16, 1862 Battle at Pound Gap KY: Confederates separate battles

    • March 16, 1865 "Battle of Averasboro NC (1,500 casualities)"

    • March 16, 1867 "First publication of an article by Joseph Lister outlining the discovery of antiseptic surgery, in The Lancet."

    • March 16, 1869 Hiram R Revels makes the first official speech by a black in the Senate

    • March 16, 1872 "The Wanderers F.C. won the first FA Cup, the oldest football competition in the world, beating Royal Engineers A.F.C. 1-0 at The Oval in Kennington, London."

    • March 16, 1876 Nelly Saunders & Rose Harland fight first female boxing match (New York)

    • March 16, 1877 "Charles Bannerman completes first Test cricket century, 165 vs England"

    • March 16, 1882 US Senate ratifies treaty establishing the Red Cross

    • March 16, 1900 Sir Arthur Evans finds old city of Knossus

    • March 16, 1900 "Sir Arthur Evans purchases the land around the ruins of Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete."

    • March 16, 1906 "Kagi, Formosa a 7.1 earthquake caused 1,300 deaths. One of the world's deadliest earthquakes."

    • March 16, 1907 First first-class cricket game between New South Wales & Western Australia

    • March 16, 1912 "Lawrence Oates, ill member of Scott's South Pole expedition leaves the tent saying, ""I am just going outside and may be some time."""

    • March 16, 1912 Mrs William Howard Taft plants first cherry tree in Washington DC

    • March 16, 1915 British battle cruisers Inflexible & Irresistible hit mines in Dardanelle

    • March 16, 1915 Federal Trade Commission organizes

    • March 16, 1915 The Second Canadian Division begins to arrive in England for service in World War I.

    • March 16, 1916 7th and 10th US cavalry regiments under John J. Pershing cross the border to join the hunt of Pancho Villa.

    • March 16, 1916 Canada signs Migratory Bird Treaty with the US

    • March 16, 1916 US & Canada sign Migratory bird treaty

    • March 16, 1922 "Sultan Fuad I crowned king of Egypt, England recognizes Egypt"

    • March 16, 1922 WKY-AM in Oklahoma City OK begins radio transmissions

    • March 16, 1924 The free port of Fiume formally annexed by Mussolini's fascist regime.

    • March 16, 1925 "Yunnan, China a 7.1 earthquake caused5,000 deaths. Talifu almost completely destroyed."

    • March 16, 1926 "History of Rocketry: Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts."

    • March 16, 1926 "Robert Goddard launches first liquid fuel rocket, goes 184' (56 meter)"

    • March 16, 1926 "The first man to give dreams of reaching the stars a glimpse of reality was Dr. Robert H. Goddard, who successfully launched the world's first liquid-fueled rocket at Auburn, Massachusetts"

    • March 16, 1930 USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) floated out to become a national shrine

    • March 16, 1931 Genootschap Onze Taal (Our Language) organizes (Netherlands)

    • March 16, 1933 "Hitler names Hjalmar Shaft, president of Bank of Germany"

    • March 16, 1934 Congress passes Migratory Bird Conservation Act

    • March 16, 1935 Adolf Hitler orders Germany to rearm herself in violation of the Versailles Treaty. Conscription was reintroduced to form the Wehrmacht.

    • March 16, 1935 "Hitler orders German rearmament, violating Versailles Treaty"

    • March 16, 1938 "Noël Coward's musical ""Operette"", premieres in London"

    • March 16, 1939 From Prague Castle Hitler proclaimed Bohemia and Moravia a German protectorate.

    • March 16, 1939 Hungary annexes republic of Karpato-Ukraine

    • March 16, 1939 Marriage of Princess Fawzia of Egypt to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran

    • March 16, 1940 German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow

    • March 16, 1941 Blizzard hits North Dakota & Minnesota killing 60

    • March 16, 1941 Dmitri Shostakovitch receives the Stalin Prize

    • March 16, 1941 National Gallery of Art opens in Washington DC

    • March 16, 1942 History of Rocketry: First V-2 rocket test launch (exploded at liftoff)

    • March 16, 1943 Flight Lieutenant WE Newton awarded posthumously the Victoria Cross Newton was the only member of the RAAF to win the Victoria Cross in the Pacific war

    • March 16, 1943 The ships Elin K (Norway) & Zaanland (Netherlands) torpedoed & sunk

    • March 16, 1944 Vichy Internal minister Pucheu sentenced to death

    • March 16, 1945 US defeats Japan at Iwo Jima

    • March 16, 1945 "Wrzburg, Germany is 90% destroyed, with 5,000 dead, in only 20 minutes by British bombers."

    • March 16, 1946 "John Dick's headless, armless and legless torso found on Hamilton Mountain, leading to sensational trial of his wife Evelyn, later convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison."

    • March 16, 1947 "Convair Liner, first US twin-engine pressurized airplane, tested"

    • March 16, 1952 "1870 mm rain in Cilaos, Réunion (world record)"

    • March 16, 1952 "American Radio Personality Barry Michaels was born March 16, 1952"

    • March 16, 1955 Josephine Kroesen appointed as first Dutch female judge

    • March 16, 1955 President Eisenhower upheld the use of atomic weapons in case of war

    • March 16, 1956 "In Lebanon, two 6.0 eathquakes approximately 9 minutes apart. 136 killed, 6,000 houses destroyed and 17,000 damaged in 400 villages in the Chouf region."

    • March 16, 1956 St. Urho's Day is first celebrated.

    • March 16, 1957 "9th Emmy Awards: Phil Silvers Show, Robert Young & Loretta Young"

    • March 16, 1957 "Andreanof Islands, Alaska a 7.0 earthquake occured One of the Largest Earthquakes in the United States"

    • March 16, 1958 "Ford Motor Company produces its 50 millionth automobile, the Thunderbird, averaging almost a million cars a year since the company's founding."

    • March 16, 1958 "In Beirut, Lebanon, Islamic militants kidnap American journalist Terry Anderson, and take him to the southern suburbs of the war-torn city where other Western hostages are being held in scattered dungeons under ruined building"

    • March 16, 1958 "On this day in 1958 the Ford Motor Company produced its 50,000,000th car, a Thunderbird"

    • March 16, 1959 Iraq & USSR sign economic/technical treaty

    • March 16, 1961 "Jaguar Cars Ltd. introduced the XK-E, or E-Type, at the Geneva Auto Show. Th E-Type was the successor to the C- and D-Type Jaguar that had earned the company’s reputation for racing excellenc"

    • March 16, 1962 "A Flying Tiger Line Super Constellation disappears in the western Pacific Ocean, with 107 people missing."

    • March 16, 1962 The first launching of Titan 2-rocket

    • March 16, 1962 "US Super-Constellation disappears above Pacific Ocean, kills 167"

    • March 16, 1963 "Mount Agung erupts on Bali - 11,000 dead"

    • March 16, 1964 Paul Hornung & Alex Karras reinstated in NFL after 1 year suspension

    • March 16, 1965 University of Waterloo starts bilingual course in Honours French and Political Science; for students preparing to enter federal Civil Service.

    • March 16, 1966 """Man From Uncle"" star David McCallum receives huge welcome in London"

    • March 16, 1966 "Gemini 8 launched with Armstrong & Scott, aborted after 6.5 orbits"

    • March 16, 1966 "Launch of Gemini 8, the 12th manned American space flight and first space docking with the Agena Target Vehicle."

    • March 16, 1966 "On this day in 1966 General Motors produced its 100,000,000th car, an Oldsmobile Toronado"

    • March 16, 1967 Quebec raises provincial sales taxes from 6% to 8%; new program to supplement family allowance; highest sales tax in Canada.

    • March 16, 1968 "During the Vietnam War, a U.S. Army platoon from Charlie Company, 11th Brigade, Americal Division, massacres over four hundred unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the village of My Lai in the district of Song My"

    • March 16, 1968 "General Motors releases its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado."

    • March 16, 1968 My Lai massacre occurs (Vietnam War); 450 die

    • March 16, 1968 Robert F Kennedy announces Presidential campaign

    • March 16, 1968 "Vietnam War: In the My Lai massacre, between 350 and 500 Vietnamese villagers -- men, women, and children -- are killed by American troops."

    • March 16, 1969 "A Venezuelan Airlines DC-9 crashes shortly after takeoff in Maracaibo, Venezuela killing 155"

    • March 16, 1969 "Viasa DC-9 crashes at Maracaibo's Grano de Oro airport, killing 155"

    • March 16, 1970 New English Bible published

    • March 16, 1971 "13th Grammy Awards: Bridge over Troubled Water, Carpenters win"

    • March 16, 1971 Government of Trygve Bratteli in Norway

    • March 16, 1971 "The first SH-2D Lamps (Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System) helicopter test flight took place at Kaman's Bloomfield, Connecticut Facility"

    • March 16, 1972 John & Yoko are served with deportation papers

    • March 16, 1974 Number one hit on UK music charts - Paper Lace - Billy Don't Be A Hero

    • March 16, 1975 US Mariner 10 makes 3rd & final fly-by of Mercury

    • March 16, 1976 British premier Harold Wilson resigns

    • March 16, 1976 "UK Prime Minister, Harold Wilson resigns."

    • March 16, 1977 US President Carter pleads for Palestinian homeland

    • March 16, 1978 Aldo Moro is kidnapped by left-wing terrorists in Italy and is later killed by his captors.

    • March 16, 1978 Amoco Cadiz tanker spills 68.7 million gallons of oil off French coast

    • March 16, 1978 "Red Brigade kidnaps former premier Aldo Moro in Italy, 5 killed"

    • March 16, 1978 Soyuz 26 returns to Earth

    • March 16, 1978 "Supertanker Amoco Cadiz splits in two after running aground on Portsall Rocks, three miles off the coast of Brittany, resulting in the 5th-largest oil spill in history"

    • March 16, 1978 US Senate accepts Panamá Canal treaty

    • March 16, 1979 "CBS-TV airs ""Wings Over the World"" with Paul McCartney"

    • March 16, 1980 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic

    • March 16, 1983 "Demolition of the radio tower Ismaning, the last radio tower in Germany built of wood."

    • March 16, 1984 "Gunmen kidnap William Buckley, CIA station chief in Beirut"

    • March 16, 1984 South-Africa & Mozambique sign non attack treaty

    • March 16, 1984 "William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, Lebanon, is kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists and later dies in captivity."

    • March 16, 1985 Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson taken hostage in Beirut

    • March 16, 1985 "Associated Press newsman Terry Anderson is taken hostage in Beirut. He would be released on December 4, 1991."

    • March 16, 1985 "Denny McLain, pitcher; convicted of racketeering, sentenced to 25 years"

    • March 16, 1985 "In the Leeward Islands a 6.8 earthquake injured 6 and damage (VI) on Guadeloupe. Minor damage on Montserrat. Also felt on Antigua, St. Kitts and Puerto Rico."

    • March 16, 1988 "As part of the Iran-Contra affair, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver L. North and Vice Admiral John M. Poindexter of the National Security Council (NSC) are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States"

    • March 16, 1988 Federal grand jury indicts Marine Lt. Col. Oliver L. North & Navy Vice Adm. John M. Poindexter in Iran-Contra affair

    • March 16, 1988 "Halabja poison gas attack: The Kurdish town of Halabjah in Iraq was attacked with a mix of poison gas and nerve agents, killing thousands of people."

    • March 16, 1988 Iran-Contra Affair: Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

    • March 16, 1988 "North-Ireland Protestant fires on Catholic funeral, 3 killed"

    • March 16, 1988 US sends 3000 soldiers to Nicaragua's neighbor Honduras

    • March 16, 1991 7 members of Reba McEntire's band are killed in a plane crash

    • March 16, 1992 "Matt Keough, in the dugout, is hit flush in the head by a batted ball"

    • March 16, 1993 "Edmonton, Alberta Police use pepper spray and batons to control over 100 youths who attacked passers-by in the Eaton Centre and Edmonton Centre malls, after a screening of the rap movie spoof CB4"

    • March 16, 1994 Moravcik forms Slovakia government

    • March 16, 1994 Tonya Harding pleads guilty to felony attack on Nancy Kerrigan

    • March 16, 1995 "Mississippi formally ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery."

    • March 16, 1995 Mississippi House of Representatives ratifies 13th Amendement-formally abolishes slavery

    • March 16, 1995 World best 7th wicket stand 461 by Bhupinder Singh Jr & P Dharmani

    • March 16, 1996 Gran Persson is elected leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party.

    • March 16, 1996 Mike Tyson KOs Frank Bruno in 2nd round

    • March 16, 1997 Donna Andrews wins LPGA Welch's/Circle K Championship

    • March 16, 1997 "Sandline affair - On Bougainville, soldiers of commander Jerry Singirok arrest Tim Spicer and his mercenaries of the Sandline International"

    • March 16, 1998 Pope John Paul II apologises for inactivity and silence of some Roman Catholics during the Holocaust.

    • March 16, 2003 "Largest coordinated worldwide vigil, as part of the global protests against Iraq war."

    • March 16, 2005 Israel officially hands over Jericho to Palestinian control

    • March 16, 2008 Bear Stearns is bought by JP Morgan Chase & co. In deal orchestrated by and backed by the government







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