About March 16

March 16, 2021 is the 75th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 290 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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Pisces is the sun 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 322 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On March 16

  • 1190
    Massacre of Jews at Clifford’s Tower, York.
  • 1244
    Over 200 Cathars are burned after the Fall of Montségur
  • 1521
    Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines.
  • 1792
    King Gustav III of Sweden is shot; he died on March 29.
  • 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.
  • 1900
    Sir Arthur Evans purchased the land around the ruins of Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    Ninety percent of Würzburg, Germany is destroyed in only 20 minutes by British bombers. 5,000 are killed.
  • 1945
    World War II: The Battle of Iwo Jima ended, but small pockets of Japanese resistance persisted.
  • 1958
    The Ford Motor Company produced its 50 millionth automobile, the Thunderbird, averaging almost a million cars a year since the company’s founding.
  • 1968
    Vietnam War: In the My Lai massacre, between 350 and 500 Vietnamese villagers (men, women, and children) are killed by American troops.
  • 1976
    British Prime Minister Harold Wilson resigned, citing personal reasons.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2005
    Israel officially handed over Jericho to Palestinian control.

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