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, 466,368 hours 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

  • 1521
    Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines.
  • 1802
    The Army Corps of Engineers is established to found and operate the United States Military Academy at West Point.
  • 1872
    The Wanderers F.C. won the first FA Cup, the oldest football competition in the world, beating Royal Engineers A.F.C. 1-0 at The Oval in Kennington, London.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    The first V-2 rocket test launch. It exploded at lift-off.
  • 1945
    World War II: The Battle of Iwo Jima ended, but small pockets of Japanese resistance persisted.
  • 1968
    Vietnam War: In the My Lai massacre, between 350 and 500 Vietnamese villagers (men, women, and children) are killed by American troops.
  • 1988
    Iran-Contra Affair: Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
  • 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?

  • 1445
    Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg, Swiss-born preacher (d. 1510)
  • 1805
    Peter Ernst von Lasaulx, German philosopher and writer (d. 1861)
  • 1901
    Potti Sreeramulu, an Indian revolutionary (d. 1952)
  • 1932
    Baruch Modan, Israeli scientist (d. 2001)
  • 1953
    Richard Stallman, American free software activist
  • 1954
    Nancy Wilson, American guitarist, singer and actress (Heart)
  • 1973
    Brant Bjork, American musician (Kyuss)
  • 1981
    Yoav Ziv, Israeli footballer
  • 1982
    Riley Cote, Canadian hockey player
  • 1985
    Eddy Lover, Panamanian singer

Who died on March 16?

  • 1457
    László Hunyadi, Hungarian statesman and warrior (b. 1433)
  • 1485
    Anne Neville, queen of Richard III of England (b. 1456)
  • 1559
    Anthony St. Leger, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1496)
  • 1649
    Saint Jean de Brébeuf, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1593)
  • 1721
    James Craggs the Elder, English politician (b. 1657)
  • 1737
    Benjamin Wadsworth, President of Harvard University (b. 1670)
  • 1935
    Aron Nimzowitsch, Latvian-born chess player (b. 1886)
  • 1940
    Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1858)
  • 1992
    Roger Lemelin, Canadian novelist and television writer (b. 1919)
  • 2007
    Manjural Islam, Bangladeshi cricketer (b. 1984)

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