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Interesting historical events occurring on March 16…

March 15, 2012


March 16.  290 days left in 2012.

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Here’s the event list:

37 – Caligula becomes Roman Emperor after the death of his great uncle, Tiberius.

1521 – Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines.

1621 – Samoset, a Mohegan, visited the settlers of Plymouth Colony and greets them, “Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset.”

1782 – American Revolutionary War: Spanish troops capture the British-held island of Roatán.

1802 – The Army Corps of Engineers is established to found and operate the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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.

1865 – American Civil War: The Battle of Averasborough began as Confederate forces suffer irreplaceable casualties in the final months of the war.

1912 – Lawrence Oates, an ill member of Robert Falcon Scott‘s South Pole expedition, left the tent to die, saying: “I am just going outside and may be some time.”

1916 – The 7th and 10th US cavalry regiments under John J. Pershing crossed the US-Mexico border to join the hunt for Pancho Villa.

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Adolf Hitler

1935 – Adolf Hitler ordered Germany to rearm herself in violation of the Versailles Treaty. Conscription is reintroduced to form the Wehrmacht.

1945 – World War II: The Battle of Iwo Jima ended, but small pockets of Japanese resistance persisted.

1945 – Ninety percent of Würzburg, Germany is destroyed in only 20 minutes by British bombers. 5,000 are killed.

1958 – The Ford Motor Company produced its 50 millionth automobile, the Thunderbird, averaging almost a million cars a year since the company’s founding.

1962 – A Flying Tiger Line Super Constellation disappeared in the western Pacific Ocean, with 107 missing.

1966 – Launch of Gemini 8, the 12th manned American space flight and first space docking with the Agena Target Vehicle.

1968 – Vietnam War: In the My Lai massacre, between 350 and 500 Vietnamese villagers (men, women, and children) are killed by American troops.

1968 – General Motors produced its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.

1978 – Supertanker Amoco Cadiz split in two after running aground on the Portsall Rocks, three miles off the coast of Brittany, resulting in the 5th-largest oil spill in history.

1985 – Associated Press newsman Terry Anderson is taken hostage in Beirut. He is released on December 4, 1991.

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Oliver North

1988 – Iran-Contra Affair: Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

1988 – Halabja poison gas attack: The Kurdish town of Halabjah in Iraq is attacked with a mix of poison gas and nerve agents on the orders of Saddam Hussein, killing 5000 people and injuring about 10000 people.

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.


1751 – James Madison, 4th President of the United States (d. 1836)

1911 – Dr. Josef Mengele, German physician and SS officer (d. 1979)

1912 – Pat Nixon, First Lady of the United States (d. 1993)

1926 – Jerry Lewis, American comedian

1949 – Erik Estrada, American actor


Nobody I felt compelled to include.



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