On This Day

On This Day in History for March 16 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 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
  • 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
  • 1988 Chemical attack on Kurdish town of Halabja by Iraqi forces kills 5000 civilians - largest ever chemical weapons attack
  • 1991 Members of Irish Gay & Lesbian Organization march in NYC parade
  • 1991 NY Lotto pays $33.3 million to one winner (#s are 18-21-32-33-35-38)
  • 1994 Moravcik forms Slovakia government
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 2005 Israel officially hands over Jericho to Palestinian control.
  • 2006 The United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to establish the UN Human Rights Council.
  • 2012 Turkish NATO helicopter crashes into a house killing ten people in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 2013 A €10 billion Cyprus bailout plan will wipe out 10% of the citizens' bank deposits
  • 2013 24 Pakistani Army soldiers are killed in Rawalpindi after their bus falls down a ravine
  • 2014 Voters in Crimea vote overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia amid international condemnation of its design

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2015 Google commemorate Anna Atkins's 216th birthday with a Google Doodle image representing her cyanoprint work

Botanist and Photographer Anna Atkins
Botanist and Photographer
Anna Atkins

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2016 US President Barack 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

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2017 US President Donald Trump's second travel ban is blocked by 2 federal courts

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 Asia's second-richest person, Hong Kong's Li Ka-Shing, announces his retirement at 89
  • 2019 Beached dead whale found to have 88 pounds of plastic inside it, including 40 pounds of plastic bags, in Mabini, Philippines
  • 2020 Global infections and deaths from COVID-19 overtake those in China for the 1st time, 86,000 vs 80,860 infections, 3,241 vs 3,208 deaths according to John Hopkins Uni
  • 2020 COVID-19: France orders a national lockdown, US recommends meetings 10 or less, 6 counties in San Francisco and surrounding counties told to "shelter in place"
  • 2020 COVID-19 study by London Imperial College showing migration approach could lead to 250,00 deaths in UK, over 1 million in US, prompts strategy changes from both countries
  • 2021 French architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal win the Pritzker Prize for architecture
  • 2021 Israeli researchers reveal re-discovery of 2,000 year-old Dead Sea Scrolls, 1st found in 60 years, left by Jews fleeing Romans in "Horror Cave", Israel

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2021 Declassified US intelligence report says Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized efforts to aid re-election of Donald Trump [1]

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2021 Gunman shots and kills eight people at three different spas in Atlanta, Georgia

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