Historical Events on 16th March

  • 597 BC Babylonians capture Jerusalem, replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king.
  • 1079 Iran adopts solar Hijrah calendar
  • 1190 York Progrom: Jews living in York, England, besieged in Clifford's Tower and massacred or commit sucide rather than submit to baptism
  • 1249 The Servite Order is officially approved by Cardinal Raniero Capocci, papal legate in Tuscany.
  • 1322 The Battle of Boroughbridge takes place in the First War of Scottish Independence.
  • 1345 Holy spirit glides above fire: "the miracle of Amsterdam" (legend)

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1517 Pope Leo X signs 5th Council of Lateranen

Pope Leo X
Pope
Leo X
  • 1527 Battle at Khanua: Mogol Emperor Babur beats Rajputen
  • 1621 Native American chief visits colony of Plymouth Mass
  • 1641 General court declares RI a democracy & adopts new constitution
  • 1660 English Long Parliament disbands
  • 1689 The 23rd Regiment of Foot or Royal Welch Fusiliers is founded.

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1690 French King Louis XIV sends troops to Ireland

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • 1730 Willem Charles Henry Friso installed as viceroy of Drenthe
  • 1731 Treaty of Vienna signed by Prince Eugene of Savoy, Count Sinzendorf and Count Gundacker, Thomas Stahremberg and the British envoy to Vienna, Sir Thomas Robinson.
  • 1792 King Gustav III of Sweden is shot by Count Anckarström at a masked ball at the Opera; he dies on March 29.
  • 1802 Law signed to establish US Military Academy (West Point, NY)
  • 1802 US Army Corps of Engineers established (2nd time)
  • 1815 Willem I proclaimed king of the Netherlands, including Belgium

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1818 Second Battle of Cancha Rayada - Spanish forces defeat Chileans under José de San Martín.

Revolutionary Leader José de San Martín
Revolutionary Leader
José de San Martín
  • 1827 1st US black newspaper, "Freedom's Journal" (NYC), begins publishing
  • 1829 Ohio authorizes high school night classes
  • 1830 London's re-organised police force (Scotland Yard)
  • 1830 New York Stock Exchange slowest day ever (31 shares traded)
  • 1833 Susan Hayhurst becomes 1st US woman grad of a pharmacy college
  • 1834 HMS Beagle anchors at Berkeley Sound, Falkland Islands
  • 1836 Constitution of the Republic of Texas approved, legalises slavery

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1850 Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" published by Ticknor, Reed and Fields in Boston

  • 1861 Arizona Territory votes to leave the Union (US Civil War)
  • 1861 Confederate government appoints commissioners to Britain

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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 (US Civil War)

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston
  • 1862 Battle at Pound Gap Kentucky: Confederates separate battles
  • 1865 Battle of Averasboro NC (1,500 casualities)
  • 1867 First publication of an article by Joseph Lister outlining the discovery of antiseptic surgery, in The Lancet.

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1869 Hiram R. Revels makes 1st official speech by an African American in the Senate

Minister and US Senator Hiram R. Revels
Minister and US Senator
Hiram R. Revels
  • 1871 1st fertilizer law enacted
  • 1872 1st FA Cup Final: Wanderers defeat Royal Engineers 1-0 at Kennington Oval in London
  • 1876 Nelly Saunders & Rose Harland fight 1st female boxing match (NY)
  • 1877 Charles Bannerman completes 1st Test cricket century, 165 v Eng
  • 1881 Barnum & Bailey Circus debuts
  • 1882 US Senate ratifies treaty establishing the Red Cross
  • 1894 Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" premieres in Paris
  • 1896 Premiere of Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen"
  • 1897 Start of Sherlock Holmes "The Adventure of The Devil's Foot" (BG)
  • 1900 AL meets in Chicago, Ban Johnson announces that an AL team will be in
  • 1900 Sir Arthur Evans rediscovers the bronze age city of Knossos in Crete, home of the legendary Minotaur
  • 1900 Chicago, KC, Minn, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Detroit, Cleve & Buffalo
  • 1907 First 1st-class cricket game between NSW & Western Australia
  • 1910 Barney Oldfield uses a Benz to break the existing records at Daytona Beach Road Course (131.25mph)
  • 1911 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators beat Port Arthur (Ont) 13-4
  • 1912 Mrs William Howard Taft plants 1st cherry tree in Washington, D.C.
  • 1915 British battle cruisers Inflexible & Irresistible hit mines in Dardanelles
  • 1915 Federal Trade Commission organizes
  • 1916 James Barries' "Kiss for Cinderella" premieres in London
  • 1916 US & Canada sign migratory bird treaty

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1917 [OS Mar 3] Russian Grand Duke Michael, brother of Tsar Nicholas II declines the Russian throne

  • 1918 Geoffrey O'Hara's "K-K-K-Katy" song published
  • 1919 Frank Wedekind's "Elius Erweckung" premieres in Hamburg
  • 1920 1 Acre Park also known as Baby Park in the Bronx renamed Melrose Park
  • 1921 Britain signs a trade agreement with the USSR and sends a trade mission to Moscow: this goes against the US, who in the same month refused to sign a trade agreement
  • 1922 Sultan Fuad I crowned king of Egypt, England recognizes Egypt
  • 1922 WKY-AM in Oklahoma City OK begins radio transmissions
  • 1923 Hugo von Hofmannsthal's "Der Unbestechliche" premieres in Vienna

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1924 The free port of Fiume is formally annexed by Mussolini's fascist regime.

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini

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1926 Robert Goddard launches 1st liquid fuel rocket, goes 184' (56 meters)

Rocket Pioneer Robert H. Goddard
Rocket Pioneer
Robert H. Goddard
  • 1929 WHP-AM in Harrisburg PA begins radio transmissions
  • 1930 USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) floated out to become a national shrine
  • 1931 Genootschap Onze Taal (Our Language) organizes (Neth)

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1933 Hitler names Hjalmar Schacht as president of Bank of Germany

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1934 Congress passes Migratory Bird Conservation Act
  • 1934 6th Academy Awards - "Cavalcade", Charles Laughton & Katharine Hepburn wins
  • 1935 Adolf Hitler orders German rearmament in violation of The Treaty of Versailles
  • 1937 All but one senior fouls out of a scrimmage game between seniors & sophomores, but he holds on to win the game 35-32
  • 1938 Noel Coward's musical "Operette" premieres in London
  • 1938 Temple defeats Colorado to win 1st NIT
  • 1939 Germany occupies Czechoslovakia
  • 1939 Hungary annexes republic of Karpato-Ukraine
  • 1939 NHL record 10 goals in 1 period-NY Rangers (7), NY Americans (3) & a record 26 points in the 3rd period
  • 1940 German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow
  • 1941 Blizzard hits North Dakota & Minnesota killing 60
  • 1941 Dmitri Shostakovitch receives the Stalin Prize
  • 1941 National Gallery of Art opens in Wash DC
  • 1943 Elin K (No) & Zaanland (Neth) torpedoed & sinks
  • 1944 Vichy Internal minister Pucheu sentenced to death
  • 1945 Würzburg, Germany is 90% destroyed, with 5,000 dead, in only 20 minutes by British bombers.
  • 1946 "Would-Be Gentleman" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 77 performances
  • 1947 Convair Liner, 1st US twin-engine pressurized airplane, tested

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1948 Billie Holiday is released from prison early because of good behaviour

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • 1949 KFMB TV channel 8 in San Diego, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 6th Golden Globes: Johnny Belinda, Laurence Olivier, & Jane Wyman win
  • 1950 1st annual National Book Awards
  • 1952 1870 mm rain in Cilaos, Reunion (world record)
  • 1952 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1953 AL rejects Bill Veeck's request to move St Louis Browns to Baltimore
  • 1955 Josephine Kroesen appointed as 1st Dutch female judge

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1955 President Eisenhower upheld the use of atomic weapons in case of war

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1956 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Tenley Albright
  • 1956 US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Hayes A Jenkins
  • 1957 9th Emmy Awards: Phil Silvers Show, Robert Young & Loretta Young win
  • 1957 Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1957 Toronto Maple Leafs tie NHL record 37 points beating NY Rangers 14-1
  • 1958 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1959 Iraq & USSR sign economic/technical treaty
  • 1961 18th Golden Globes: Spartacus, Burt Lancaster, & Greer Garson win
  • 1962 1st launching of Titan 2-rocket
  • 1962 US Super-Constellation disappears above Pacific Ocean, kills 167

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1964 LBJ asks Congress to pass Economic Opportunity Act as part of his War on Poverty

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1964 KCOY TV channel 12 in Santa Maria, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 Paul Hornung & Alex Karras reinstated in NFL after 1 year suspension
  • 1966 Gemini 8 launched with Armstrong & Scott, aborted after 6.5 orbits
  • 1966 Man From Uncle star David McCallum receives huge welcome in London
  • 1967 Pirate Radio Station 333 (Radio Britain) ship breaks down
  • 1968 My Lai massacre occurs (Vietnam War); 450 die

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1968 Robert F. Kennedy announces presidential campaign

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • 1968 General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.
  • 1969 Boston Bruins scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • 1969 Peter Stone & Sherman Edward's "1776" premieres at 46th St Theater NYC for 1217 performances
  • 1969 Viasa DC-9 crashes at Maracaibo's Grano de Oro airport, killing 155
  • 1970 New English Bible published
  • 1970 WNIN TV channel 9 in Evansville, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1971 13th Grammy Awards: Bridge over Troubled Water, Carpenters win
  • 1971 KDCD TV channel 18 in Midland, TX (IND) suspends broadcasting
  • 1971 Government of Trygve Bratteli in Norway.

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1971 Muddy Waters wins his first Grammy Award, Hollywood

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • 1971 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Chichester-Clark meets with British PM Heath to disucss the security situation in Northern Ireland

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1972 John Lennon & Yoko Ono are served with deportation papers

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1973 Shah of Iran and Consortium members agree to nationalize all assets immediately in return for an assured 20-year supply of Iranian oil
  • 1973 OPEC discusses raising prices to offset decline of U.S. dollar value
  • 1974 1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville
  • 1975 "Lieutenant" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • 1975 US Mariner 10 makes 3rd & final fly-by of Mercury
  • 1976 British premier Harold Wilson resigns
  • 1977 US president Carter pleads for Palestinian homeland
  • 1978 Amoco Cadiz spills 223,000 tons of crude oil off French coast

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1978 Red Brigade kidnaps former premier Aldo Moro in Italy, 5 killed

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • 1978 Soyuz 26 returns to Earth
  • 1978 US Senate accepts Panama Canal treaty
  • 1978 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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1979 CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • 1980 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic
  • 1983 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Nets-1,814)
  • 1984 Gunmen kidnap William Buckley, CIA station chief in Beirut
  • 1984 South Africa & Mozambique sign non attack treaty
  • 1985 Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson taken hostage in Beirut
  • 1985 Denny McLain, pitcher; convicted of racketeering, sentenced to 25 yrs
  • 1986 Christa Johnson wins LPGA GNA/Glendale Federal Golf Classic
  • 1988 Federal grand jury indicts North & Poindexter in Iran-Contra affair
  • 1988 North Ireland Protestant fires on Catholic funeral, 3 killed
  • 1988 US sends 3,000 soldiers to Nicaragua's neighbor Honduras
  • 1991 Seven members of Reba McEntire's band are killed in a plane crash
  • 1991 Members of Irish Gay & Lesbian Organization march in NYC parade
  • 1991 NJ Net coach Bill Fitch is 4th coach to win 800 NBA games
  • 1991 NY Lotto pays $33.3 million to one winner (#s are 18-21-32-33-35-38)
  • 1991 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Munich won by Kristi Yamaguchi
  • 1992 Matt Keough, in the dugout, is hit flush in the head by a batted ball
  • 1994 Moravcik forms Slovakia government
  • 1994 Tonya Harding pleads guilty to felony attack on Nancy Kerrigan
  • 1995 Dow-Jones hits record 4069.15
  • 1995 Manhattan upsets 4th seeded Oklahoma 77-67
  • 1995 Mississippi House of Representatives formally abolishes slavery & ratifies 13th Amendment
  • 1995 World best 7th wkt stand 461 by Bhupinder Singh Jr & P Dharmani

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1996 Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 3rd round to gain Heavyweight title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Boxer Frank Bruno
Boxer
Frank Bruno
  • 1996 Montreal Canadian's 1st game in their new arena (Bell Center)
  • 1997 Donna Andrews wins LPGA Welch's/Circle K Championship
  • 1997 NJ Devils' Dave Andreychuk is 26th NHL to score 500 goals
  • 1997 Stuart Appleby wins Honda Golf Classic
  • 1997 Sandline affair: On Bougainville Island, soldiers of commander Jerry Singirok arrest Tim Spicer and his mercenaries of the Sandline International.

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1998 Pope John Paul II asks God for forgiveness for the inactivity and silence of some Roman Catholics during the Holocaust.

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 2003 The largest coordinated worldwide vigil takes place, as part of the global protests against Iraq war.
  • 2003 50th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #12 Duke beats NC State, 84-77
  • 2003 44th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Mississippi State, 64-57
  • 2005 Israel officially hands over Jericho to Palestinian control.
  • 2006 The United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to establish the UN Human Rights Council.
  • 2008 55th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 North Carolina beats #22 Clemson, 86-81
  • 2008 49th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia beats Arkansas, 66-57
  • 2012 Turkish NATO helicopter crashes into a house killing ten people in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan

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2012 Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar becomes first cricketer to score 100 international centuries

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar

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2012 George Clooney and other several prominent participants, including Martin Luther King III, are arrested outside the Sundanese Embassy for civil disobedience

  • 2013 A €10 billion Cyprus bailout plan will wipe out 10% of the citizens bank deposits
  • 2013 24 Pakistani Army soldiers are killed after their bus falls down a ravine in Rawalpindi
  • 2013 Kim Yu-Na of South Korea wins the women’s 2013 World Figure Skating Championships
  • 2013 34th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Louisville beats Syracuse, 78-61
  • 2014 Voters in Crimea vote overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia amid international condemnation of its design
  • 2014 61st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #6 Virginia beats #7 Duke, 72-63
  • 2014 55th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Florida beats Kentucky, 61-60

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2016 US President Barak Obama nominates Merrick Garland as Supreme Court Justice

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2016 US college student Otto Warmbier is sentenced to 15 years hard labour for trying to steal a political poster, in Pyongyang, North Korea