Friday, March 16, 2012

March 16 in History

March 16 is the 76th day of the year. There are 290 days remaining until the end of the year.
  • 1190 – 150 Jews were massacred in York Castle in England.
  • 1621 - Samoset, of the Mohegan tribe, strolled into the Plymouth Colony and greeted the colonists in English.
  • 1802 – The Army Corps of Engineers was established to found and operate the US Military Academy at West Point.
  • 1872 – The Wanderers F.C. won the first FA Cup, the oldest football  competition in the world.
  • 1912 – Lawrence Oates, a member of Robert Falcon Scott’s South Pole expedition who had become ill, his tent into a blizzard, saying, "I am just going outside and may be some time." He died in the blizzard.
  • 1926 – Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket in Auburn, Massachusetts.
  • 1958 – The Ford Motor Company produced its 50 millionth automobile, a Thunderbird.
  • 1968 – General Motors produced its 100 millionth automobile, an Oldsmobile Toronado.
  • 1988 – The Kurdish town of Halabjah in Iraq was attacked with a mix of poison gas and nerve agents on the orders of Saddam Hussein, killing 5,000 people and injuring about 10,000 people.
  • 1995 – Mississippi formally ratified the 13th Amendment becoming the last state to aboloish slavery. 
  • 1998 – Pope John Paul II asked God for forgiveness for the inactivity and silence of Roman Catholics during the Holocaust.

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