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

  • 597 BC
    Babylonians captured Jerusalem, replaced Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king.
  • 1190
    Massacre of Jews at Clifford’s Tower, York.
  • 1660
    The Long Parliament dissolved.
  • 1782
    American Revolutionary War: Spanish troops capture the British-held island of Roatán.
  • 1812
    Battle of Badajoz (March 16 – April 6) – British and Portuguese forces besieged and defeated French garrison during Peninsular War.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: The Battle of Averasborough began as Confederate forces suffer irreplaceable casualties in the final months of the war.
  • 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.
  • 1900
    Sir Arthur Evans purchased the land around the ruins of Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete.
  • 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.
  • 1950
    Communist Czechoslovakia’s ministry of foreign affairs asked nuncios of Vatican to leave the country.
  • 1963
    Mount Agung erupted on Bali killing 11,000.
  • 1976
    British Prime Minister Harold Wilson resigned, citing personal reasons.
  • 1978
    Former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro is kidnapped and is later killed by his captors.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2005
    Israel officially handed over Jericho to Palestinian control.

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