What happened this day in history March 16

What are the important events that happened on March 16? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

March 16: Facts & Myths About This Day

March 16 is the 75th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 290 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 3, 2023 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,678,924,800 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘heptacontapentagon’ day.

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Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 331 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,737 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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March 16 Historical Events

  • 1782
    American Revolutionary War: Spanish troops capture the British-held island of Roatán.
  • 1861
    Edward Clark became Governor of Texas, replacing Sam Houston, who has been evicted from the office for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy.
  • 1924
    In accordance with the Treaty of Rome, Fiume became annexed as part of Italy.
  • 1939
    From Prague Castle, Hitler proclaimed Bohemia and Moravia a German protectorate.
  • 1939
    Marriage of Princess Fawzia of Egypt to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran.
  • 1940
    First person killed in a German bombing raid on the UK in World War II during a raid on Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands, James Isbister.
  • 1942
    The first V-2 rocket test launch. It exploded at lift-off.
  • 1968
    General Motors produced its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.
  • 1976
    British Prime Minister Harold Wilson resigned, citing personal reasons.
  • 1995
    Mississippi formally ratified the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment is officially ratified in 1865.

Who were born on March 16?

  • 1631
    René Le Bossu, French critic (d. 1680)
  • 1865
    Patsy Donovan, American baseball player (d. 1953)
  • 1928
    Christa Ludwig, German mezzo-soprano
  • 1940
    Bernardo Bertolucci, Italian film director
  • 1947
    Baek Yoon-sik, South Korean actor
  • 1953
    Isabelle Huppert, French actress
  • 1955
    Bruno Barreto, Brazilian film director
  • 1958
    Kate Worley, American comic book writer (d. 2004)
  • 1959
    Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway
  • 1964
    Gore Verbinski, American movie director

Who died on March 16?

  • 1457
    László Hunyadi, Hungarian statesman and warrior (b. 1433)
  • 1679
    John Leverett, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. 1616)
  • 1737
    Benjamin Wadsworth, President of Harvard University (b. 1670)
  • 1898
    Aubrey Beardsley, British artist (b. 1872)
  • 1926
    Sergeant Stubby, decorated World War I dog
  • 1957
    Constantin Brâncuşi, Romanian sculptor (b. 1876)
  • 1996
    Charlie Barnett, American actor (b. 1954)
  • 1998
    Derek Harold Richard Barton, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2003
    Ronald Ferguson, father of Sarah, Duchess of York (b. 1931)
  • 2008
    Bill Brown, Australian cricketer (b. 1912)

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