It happened today – this day in history – March 16

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.

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 delines the Russian throne.

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

1926: Robert H Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket – 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.

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, aborted after 6.5 orbits when the craft went into a spin. The crew only survived 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 Terell died of a brain tumour at the age of 24. She had collapsed onstage on October 14, 1967 into Marvin Gaye’s arms during a concert in Hampton, Virginia.

1972: John Lennon lodged an appeal with the US immigration office in New York, after he was served with deportation orders arising from his 1968 cannabis possession conviction.

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

1976: Prime Minister Harold Wilson announces his resignation.

1977: After being with the label for just six days the Sex Pistols were fired from A&M due to pressure from other label artists and its Los Angeles head office.

1978: The tanker Amoco Cadiz spills 223,000 tons of crude oil off the French coast. On the same day, the Red Brigade kidnaps former Italian premier Aldo Moro.

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

1988: A federal grand jury indicts Col Oliver North and Gen John Poindexter in the Iran-Contra affair. On the same day, a Protestant fires on a Catholic funeral in Northern Ireland, killing three and a chemical attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja by Iraqi forces kills 5000 civilians – the largest ever chemical weapons attack.

1991: Seven members of Country singer Reba McEntire’s band and her road manager were among 10 people killed when their private jet crashed in California. McEntire was not on board. On the same day, England beats France, 21-19 at Twickenham for it’s 19th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, 9th Grand Slam and 16th Triple Crown.

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.

2002: Liza Minnelli marries David Gest at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City.

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 routs England by a record 30-3 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff to retain the Six Nation Rugby Championship.

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

2015: Andy Fraser songwriter and bass guitarist with Free died of a heart attack caused by Atherosclerosis in California 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 died of heart failure at the age of 81.

BIRTHDAYS: Erik Estrada, actor, 71; Victor Garber, actor, 71; Jimmy Nail, actor/singer, 66; Nancy Wilson, singer (Heart) 66; Flavor Flav (William Drayton Jr), rapper, 61; Jenny Eclair (Hargreaves) comedian, 60; Patty Griffin, singer, 56; Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, 55; Blu Cantrell (Tiffany Cobb) singer, 44; Theo Walcott, footballer, 31.


Mick Ferris

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