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, 27,982,080 minutes 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.

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

  • 1621
    Samoset, a Mohegan, visited the settlers of Plymouth Colony and greets them, “Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset.”
  • 1689
    The 23rd Regiment of Foot or Royal Welch Fusiliers is founded.
  • 1818
    Second Battle of Cancha Rayada – Spanish forces defeated Chileans under José de San Martín.
  • 1900
    Sir Arthur Evans purchased the land around the ruins of Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete.
  • 1926
    History of Rocketry: Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts.
  • 1939
    Marriage of Princess Fawzia of Egypt to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran.
  • 1945
    Ninety percent of Würzburg, Germany is destroyed in only 20 minutes by British bombers. 5,000 are killed.
  • 1968
    General Motors produced its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.
  • 1978
    Former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro is kidnapped and is later killed by his captors.
  • 1984
    William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, Lebanon, is kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists and later died in captivity.

Who were born on March 16?

  • 1889
    Reggie Walker, South African athlete (d. 1951)
  • 1911
    Dr. Josef Mengele, German physician and SS officer (d. 1979)
  • 1924
    Beryl Davis, English singer (d. 2011)
  • 1932
    Don Blasingame, American baseball player and manager (d. 2005)
  • 1963
    Jimmy Degrasso, American musician (F5)
  • 1963
    Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (d. 2002)
  • 1964
    Pascal Richard, Swiss cyclist
  • 1964
    Patty Griffin, American singer and songwriter
  • 1983
    Brandon League, American baseball player
  • 1984
    Hosea Gear, New Zealand rugby player

Who died on March 16?

  • 1559
    Anthony St. Leger, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1496)
  • 1721
    James Craggs the Elder, English politician (b. 1657)
  • 1747
    Christian Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, father of Catherine II of Russia (b. 1690)
  • 1892
    Samuel F. Miller, American politician (b. 1827)
  • 1903
    Roy Bean, American jurist
  • 1940
    Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1858)
  • 1968
    Gunnar Ekelöf, Swedish poet and writer (b. 1907)
  • 1983
    Fred Rose, Canadian politician (b. 1907)
  • 2005
    Dick Radatz, American baseball player (b. 1937)
  • 2008
    Bill Brown, Australian cricketer (b. 1912)

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