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March 16th, 2006 (March 16 2006)EventThe United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to establish the UN Human Rights Council.
March 16th, 2005 (March 16 2005)EventIsrael officially hands over Jericho to Palestinian control.
March 16th, 2003 (March 16 2003)EventThe largest coordinated worldwide vigil takes place, as part of the global protests against Iraq war.
March 16th, 1998 (March 16 1998)EventPope John Paul II asks God for forgiveness for the inactivity and silence of some Roman Catholics during the Holocaust.
March 16th, 1997 (March 16 1997)EventSandline affair: On Bougainville Island, soldiers of commander Jerry Singirok arrest Tim Spicer and his mercenaries of the Sandline International.
March 16th, 1995 (March 16 1995)EventMississippi formally ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment was officially ratified in 1865.
March 16th, 1988 (March 16 1988)EventIran-Contra Affair: Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
March 16th, 1988 (March 16 1988)EventHalabja poison gas attack: The Kurdish town of Halabjah in Iraq was attacked with a mix of poison gas and nerve agents, killing 5000 people and injured about 10000 people.
March 16th, 1985 (March 16 1985)EventAssociated Press newsman Terry Anderson is taken hostage in Beirut. He is released on December 4, 1991.
March 16th, 1984 (March 16 1984)EventWilliam Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, Lebanon, is kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists and later dies in captivity.
March 16th, 1983 (March 16 1983)EventDemolition of the radio tower Ismaning, the last radio tower in Germany built of wood.
March 16th, 1978 (March 16 1978)EventFormer Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro is kidnapped by left-wing terrorists and is later killed by his captors.
March 16th, 1978 (March 16 1978)EventSupertanker Amoco Cadiz splits 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.
March 16th, 1976 (March 16 1976)EventBritish Prime Minister Harold Wilson resigns, citing personal reasons.
March 16th, 1971 (March 16 1971)EventGovernment of Trygve Bratteli in Norway.
March 16th, 1968 (March 16 1968)EventVietnam War: In the My Lai massacre, between 350 and 500 Vietnamese villagers: men, women, and children are killed by American troops.
March 16th, 1968 (March 16 1968)EventGeneral Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.
March 16th, 1966 (March 16 1966)EventLaunch of Gemini 8, the 12th manned American space flight and first space docking with the Agena Target Vehicle.
March 16th, 1963 (March 16 1963)EventMount Agung erupts on Bali, as 11,000 die.
March 16th, 1962 (March 16 1962)EventA Flying Tiger Line Super Constellation disappears in the western Pacific Ocean, with 107 people missing.
March 16th, 1958 (March 16 1958)EventThe Ford Motor Company produces its 50 millionth automobile, the Thunderbird, averaging almost a million cars a year since the company s founding.
March 16th, 1952 (March 16 1952)EventIn Cilaos, Reunion, 1,870mm (73 inches) of rain falls in one day, setting a new world record.
March 16th, 1950 (March 16 1950)EventCommunist Czechoslovakia s ministry of foreign affairs asked nuncios of Vatican to leave the country.
March 16th, 1945 (March 16 1945)EventWorld War II: The Battle of Iwo Jima ends but small pockets of Japanese resistance persist.
March 16th, 1945 (March 16 1945)EventWurzburg, Germany is 90% destroyed, with 5,000 dead, in only 20 minutes by British bombers.
March 16th, 1943 (March 16 1943)EventThe Royal Navy Isles Class Trawler HMS Campobello Sinks in the Atlantic.
March 16th, 1942 (March 16 1942)EventHistory of Rocketry: The first V-2 rocket test launch (exploded at liftoff).
March 16th, 1939 (March 16 1939)EventFrom Prague Castle, Hitler proclaims Bohemia and Moravia a German protectorate.
March 16th, 1939 (March 16 1939)EventMarriage of Princess Fawzia of Egypt to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran.
March 16th, 1935 (March 16 1935)EventAdolf Hitler orders Germany to rearm herself in violation of the Versailles Treaty. Conscription was reintroduced to form the Wehrmacht.Adolf Hitler Quotes
March 16th, 1926 (March 16 1926)EventHistory of Rocketry: Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts.
March 16th, 1924 (March 16 1924)EventThe free port of Fiume is formally annexed by Mussolini s fascist regime.
March 16th, 1916 (March 16 1916)EventThe 7th and 10th US cavalry regiments under John J. Pershing cross the US-Mexico border to join the hunt for Pancho Villa.
March 16th, 1912 (March 16 1912)EventLawrence Oates, ill member of Scott s South Pole expedition leaves the tent saying, "I am just going outside and may be some time."
March 16th, 1900 (March 16 1900)EventSir Arthur Evans purchases the land around the ruins of Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete. Evans Quotes
March 16th, 1872 (March 16 1872)EventThe 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.
March 16th, 1867 (March 16 1867)EventFirst publication of an article by Joseph Lister outlining the discovery of antiseptic surgery, in The Lancet.
March 16th, 1865 (March 16 1865)EventAmerican Civil War: The Battle of Averasborough begins as Confederate forces suffer irreplaceable casualties in the final months of the war.
March 16th, 1861 (March 16 1861)EventEdward Clark became Governor of Texas, replacing Sam Houston, who was evicted from the office for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy.
March 16th, 1818 (March 16 1818)EventBattle of Cancha RayadaSpanish forces defeat Chileans under Jose de San Martin.Jose de San Martin Quotes
March 16th, 1815 (March 16 1815)EventPrince Willem of the House of Orange-Nassau proclaims himself King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, the first constitutional monarch in The Netherlands.Will Self Quotes
March 16th, 1812 (March 16 1812)EventBattle of Badajoz (March April 6)British and Portuguese forces besiege and defeat French garrison during Peninsular War.
March 16th, 1802 (March 16 1802)EventThe United States Military Academy at West Point is established.
March 16th, 1792 (March 16 1792)EventKing Gustav III of Sweden is shot; he dies on March 29.
March 16th, 1689 (March 16 1689)EventThe 23rd Regiment of Foot or Royal Welch Fusiliers is founded.
March 16th, 1660 (March 16 1660)EventThe Long Parliament disbands.
March 16th, 1621 (March 16 1621)EventSamoset, a Mohegan, visits the settlers of Plymouth Colony and greets them, "Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset."
March 16th, 1521 (March 16 1521)EventFerdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines.
March 16th, 1322 (March 16 1322)EventThe Battle of Boroughbridge takes place in the First War of Scottish Independence.
March 16th, 1249 (March 16 1249)EventThe Servite Order is officially approved by Cardinal Raniero Capocci, papal legate in Tuscany.
March 16th, 1190 (March 16 1190)EventCrusaders start to massacre the Jews of York; many Jews commit suicide rather than submit to baptism.
March 16th, 0597 (March 16 0597)EventBabylonians capture Jerusalem, replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king.

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