It happened today – this day in history – March 16

597BC: Babylonians capture Jerusalem.

1190: Jews living in York are besieged in Clifford’s Tower and massacred or commit suicide rather than submit to baptism.

1322: The Battle of Boroughbridge takes place in the First War of Scottish Independence.

1660: The English Long Parliament disbands.

1690: Louis XIV sends French troops to Ireland.

1792: King Gustav III of Sweden is shot by Count Jacob Johan Anckarström at a masked ball at the Opera; he dies on March 29.

1834: Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle, anchors in the recently British-acquired Falklands Islands for the first time.

1861: Arizona Territory votes to leave the Union.

1867: First publication of an article by Joseph Lister outlining the discovery of antiseptic surgery, in “The Lancet”.

1872: The first FA Cup Final at Kennington Oval. Wanderers defeat Royal Engineers, 1-0.

1896: Premiere of Mahler’s “Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen”.

1900: Sir Arthur Evans rediscovers the bronze age city of Knossos in Crete.

1917: Grand Duke Michael, brother of Tsar Nicholas II declines the Russian throne.

1922: Egypt achieves independence from Britain, but British troops remain.

1926: Robert H Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket – it reaches a height of 56 meters.

1935: Adolf Hitler orders German re-armament in violation of The Treaty of Versailles.

1944: French Vichy Internal minister Pierre Pucheu is sentenced to death for treason.

1948: Jazz singer Billie Holiday is released from prison early because of good behaviour.

1953: Marshal Josef Tito of Yugoslavia is the first Communist head of state to visit Britain.

1955: President Dwight D Eisenhower upholds the use of atomic weapons in case of war.

1964: The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the US with 2,100,000 copies of their latest single ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’

1966: Gemini 8 is launched with Neil Armstrong and Gordon Scott. The mission is aborted after 6.5 orbits when the craft goes into a spin. The crew only survive through Armstrong’s unequalled skill as a pilot.

1968: The My Lai massacre occurs when American soldiers kill 400 unarmed Vietnamese civilians in one of the most controversial incidents of the Vietnam War. On the same day, Robert Kennedy announces his campaign for president.

1970: Singer Tammi Terrell dies of a brain tumour at the age of 24.

1972: John Lennon’s lawyers lodge an appeal with the US immigration office after he is served with a deportation order.


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1975: Death of blues guitarist T-Bone Walker (Aaron Thibeaux) aged 64.

Singles chart:

  1. Bye Bye Baby – The Bay City Rollers
  2. If – Telly Savalas
  3. Only You Can – Fox
  4. There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving – Guys and Dolls
  5. What Am I Gonna Do With You – Barry White
  6. Pick Up The Pieces – The Average White Band
  7. The Secrets That You Keep – Mud
  8. Fancy Pants – Kenny
  9. Girls – Moments and Whatnauts
  10. I Can Do It – The Rubettes
1975: Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti

Album chart:

  1. 20 Greatest Hits – Tom Jones
  2. Physical Graffiti – Led Zeppelin
  3. The Shirley Bassey Singles Album – Shirley Bassey
  4. The Best Years Of Our Lives – Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel
  5. On The Level – Status Quo
  6. The Original Soundtrack – 10cc
  7. The Singles 1969-1973 – The Carpenters
  8. Greatest Hits – Simon and Garfunkel
  9. His Greatest Hits – Engelbert Humperdinck
  10. Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield

1976: Prime Minister Harold Wilson announces his resignation to a shocked nation.

1977: The cancellation of the Sex Pistols’ record contract with A&M is made official.

1978: The tanker Amoco Cadiz spills 223,000 tons of crude oil off the French coast. On the same day, former Italian premier Aldo Moro is kidnapped at gunpoint in Rome by members of the Red Brigade.

1985: Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson is taken hostage in Beirut.

1988: Loyalist gunman Michael Stone kills three mourners and injures at least 50 people attending a funeral for the IRA members shot dead on Gibraltar by the SAS. On the same day, thousands of people die in a poison gas attack in the northern Iraq town of Halabja. Also, a federal grand jury indicts Col Oliver North and Gen John Poindexter in the Iran-Contra affair.

1995: Ice skater Tonya Harding pleads guilty to felony attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.

1996: Mike Tyson defeats Frank Bruno in Round 3 for the world heavyweight title. On the same day, England beats Ireland, 28-15 at Twickenham for a second consecutive Five Nations Rugby Championship and Triple Crown.

2001: Claire Marsh, 19, is convicted of rape after holding down and punching a 37-year old woman during a gang sex attack on a canal path in west London.

2002: The game between West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United is abandoned when the Blades are reduced to six men through sendings off and injuries.

2003: The largest coordinated worldwide vigil takes place, as part of the global protests against Iraq war.

2005: Israel officially hands over Jericho to Palestinian control.

2006: The United Nations General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to establish the UN Human Rights Council.

2012: A Turkish NATO helicopter crashes into a house killing ten people in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. On the same day, George Clooney and several other prominent participants, including Martin Luther King III, are arrested outside the Sundanese Embassy for civil disobedience.:

2013: Wales rout England by a record 30-3 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to retain the Six Nations Rugby Championship.

2014: Voters in Crimea choose overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia.

2015: Andy Fraser, songwriter and bass guitarist with Free, dies of a heart attack caused by atherosclerosis aged 62.

2016: US college student Otto Warmbier is sentenced to 15 years hard labour for trying to steal a political poster, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

2017: US President Donald Trump’s second travel ban is blocked by two federal courts.

2019: Guitarist Dick Dale dies of heart failure at the age of 81.

2021; A declassified US intelligence report says Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized efforts to aid the re-election of Donald Trump. On the sane day, a gunman shots and kills eight people at three different spas in Atlanta, Georgia.

BIRTHDAYS: Victor Garber, actor, 73; Jimmy Nail (Bradford), actor/singer, 68; Nancy Wilson, guitarist/songwriter (Heart), 68; Flavor Flav (William Drayton), rapper (Public Enemy) 63; Jenny Eclair (Hargreaves) comedian, 62; Patty Griffin, singer, 58; Alan Tudyk, actor, 51; Blu Cantrell (Tiffany Cobb) singer, 46; Alexandra Daddario, actress, 36; Theo Walcott, footballer, 33; Wolfgang Van Halen, bassist (Van Halen) 31; Dominic Calvert-Lewin, footballer, 25.