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.
  • 1322
    The Battle of Boroughbridge took place in the Despenser Wars.
  • 1521
    Ferdinand Magellan reached 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.
  • 1792
    King Gustav III of Sweden is shot; he died on March 29.
  • 1815
    Prince Willem of the House of Orange-Nassau proclaimed himself King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, the first constitutional monarch in the Netherlands.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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
    World War II: The Battle of Iwo Jima ended, but small pockets of Japanese resistance persisted.
  • 1962
    A Flying Tiger Line Super Constellation disappeared in the western Pacific Ocean, with 107 missing.
  • 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.

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