About March 16

March 16, 2020 is the 76th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 290 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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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 333 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On March 16

  • 1621
    Samoset, a Mohegan, visited the settlers of Plymouth Colony and greets them, “Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset.”
  • 1689
    The 23rd Regiment of Foot or Royal Welch Fusiliers is founded.
  • 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.”
  • 1924
    In accordance with the Treaty of Rome, Fiume became annexed as part of Italy.
  • 1935
    Adolf Hitler ordered Germany to rearm herself in violation of the Versailles Treaty. Conscription is reintroduced to form the Wehrmacht.
  • 1939
    From Prague Castle, Hitler proclaimed Bohemia and Moravia a German protectorate.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1963
    Mount Agung erupted on Bali killing 11,000.
  • 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
    Former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro is kidnapped and is later killed by his captors.
  • 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.
  • 1983
    Demolition of the radio tower Ismaning, the last wooden radio tower in Germany.
  • 1984
    William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, Lebanon, is kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists and later died in captivity.
  • 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.
  • 2005
    Israel officially handed over Jericho to Palestinian control.

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