On This Day..... March 16

MARCH 16TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PANDA DAY
  • TODAYS IS NATIONAL EVERYTHING YOU DO IS RIGHT DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL ARTICHOKE HEARTS DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • JAMES MADISON (1751-1836)
  • PAT NIXON (1912-1993)
  • JERRY LEWIS (1926-2017)
  • DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN (1927-2003)
  • CHUCK WOOLERY (1940, 78)
  • ERIK ESTRADA (1949, 69)
  • VICTOR GARBER (1949, 69)
  • NANCY WILSON (1954, 64)
  • JORGE RAMOS (1958, 60)
  • FLAVOR FLAV (1959, 59)
  • GORE VERBINSKI (1964, 54)
  • LAUREN GRAHAM (1967, 51)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1802, CONGRESS ESTABLISHES THE US MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT AND THE US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
  • IN 1830, THE LONDON METRO POLICE AND REORGANIZED AND SCOTLAND YARD OPENS
  • IN 1836, TEXAS APPROVES A CONSTITUTION AND LEGALIZES SLAVERY
  • IN 1850, NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE PUBLISHES “THE SCARLET LETTER” IN BOSTON
  • IN 1861, THE ARIZONA TERRITORY VOTES TO LEAVE THE UNION IN THE CIVIL WAR
  • IN 1861, THE CONFEDERACY SENDS A DIPLOMATIC DELEGATION TO EUROPE
  • IN 1861, SAM HOUSTON IS REMOVED FROM POWER IN TEXAS FOR REFUSING TO TAKE AN OATH OF LOYALTY TO THE CONFEDERACY. EDWARD CLARK BECOMES GOVERNOR
  • IN 1882, THE US SENATE RATIFIES A TREATY WHICH ALLOWES THE RED CROSS TO OPERATE IN THE UNITED STATES
  • IN 1930, THE USS CONSTITUTION IS TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE AND COMMISSIONED AS A MUSEUM
  • IN 1935, HITLER DEFIES THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES AND REARMS THE GERMAN MILITARY
  • IN 1948, BILLIE HOLIDAY IS RELEASED FROM PRISON EARLY FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR AFTER BEING ARRESTED THE PREVIOUS YEAR FOR DRUG ABUSE
  • IN 1959, THE PLATTERS HIT #1 WITH “SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES”
  • IN 1968, AMERICAN SOLDIERS KILL 400 UNARMED VIETNAMESE CITIZENS IN WHAT COMES TO BE KNOWN AS THE MY LAI MASSACRE
  • IN 1968, ROBERT KENNEDY ANNOUNCES HIS PRESIDENTAL RUN
  • IN 1968, OTIS REDDING HITS #1 WITH “SITTING ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY” THREE MONTHS AFTER HE DIES IN A PLAN CRASH
  • IN 1974, THE NEW GRAND OLE OPRY BUILDING OPENS WITH PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON PLAYING THE PIANO ON THEIR RADIO SHOW
  • IN 1979, “THE CHINA SYNDROME” IS RELEASED LESS THAN TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE THREE MILE ISLAND NUCLEAR MELT DOWN
  • IN 1988, OLIVER NORTH IS INDICTED BY A GRAND JURY IN THE IRAN-CONTRA AFFAIR
  • IN 1991, A PLANE CARRYING REBA MCENTIRE’S BAND CRASHES AND KILLS SEVEN MEMBERS OF HER BAND AND ENTOURAGE
  • IN 1991, GAYS AND LESBIANS MARCH FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEW YORK CITY’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
  • IN 1994, TONYA HARDING PLEADS GUILTY TO A FELONY ATTACK ON NANCY KERRIGAN
  • IN 1995, MISSISSIPPI ABOLISHES SLAVERY AND RATIFIES THE 13TH AMENDMENT
  • IN 1998, POPE JOHN PAUL II ASKS FOR FORGIVENESS FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’S INACTION DURING THE HOLOCAUST
  • IN 2002, LIZA MINELLI MARRIES DAVID GEST
  • IN 2003, VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY MAKES HIS “GREETED AS LIBERATORS” PROCLAIMATION ABOUT THE WAR IN IRAQ PREDICTING IT WOULD LAST A FEW WEEKS
  • IN 2006, THE UNITED NATIONS ESTABLISHES A HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
  • IN 2012, GEORGE CLOONEY AND MARTIN LUTHER KING III ARE ARRESTED FOR PROTESTING OUTSIDE THE SUDANESE EMBASSY
  • IN 2014, CRIMEA VOTES OVERWHELMINGLY TO LEAVE THE UKRAINE AND JOIN RUSSIA
  • IN 2016, PRESIDENT OBAMA NOMINATES MERRICK GARLAND FOR THE SUPREME COURT
  • IN 2016, OTTO WARMBIER IS SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS HARD LABOR IN NORTH KOREA
  • IN 2017, PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SECOND TRAVEL BAN IS STRUCK DOWN BY THE COURTS

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