On This Day

What Happened on March 16

Important Events

  • 597 BC Babylonians capture Jerusalem, replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king
  • 1527 Battle of Khanua: Mughal Emperor Babur defeats Rajput forces led by Rana Sanga consolidating Mughal power
  • 1660 English Long Parliament disbands
  • 1792 King gustav iii of Sweden is shot by Count Jacob Johan Anckarström at a masked ball at the Opera; he dies on March 29
  • 1867 First publication of an article by Joseph Lister outlining the discovery of antiseptic surgery, in "The Lancet"
  • 1935 Adolf Hitler orders German re-armament in violation of The Treaty of Versailles
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March 16 in Film & TV

March 16 in Music

  • 1894 Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" premieres in Paris, includes piece “Méditation” for violin and orchestra

March 16 in Sport

  • 1872 1st English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Wanderers defeat Royal Engineers, 1-0; Morton Betts scores winner

Did You Know?

Sir Arthur Evans rediscovers the bronze age city of Knossos in Crete, home of the legendary Minotaur

On March 16, 1900


Would You Believe?

General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado

On March 16, 1968

Famous Weddings

  • 1661 Princess Henrietta of Orange-Nassau (16) weds Philippe of France, Duke of Orléans (20)
  • 1822 Opera Composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioacchino Rossini marries 1st wife Opera Singer Isabella Colbran in Bologna
  • 1905 Inventor and electrical engineer Guglielmo Marconi (30) weds Beatrice O'Brien

Famous Divorces

  • 1983 Producer Dick Wolf (36) divorces Susan Scranton after more than 13 years of marriage
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