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2005 - U.S.A. Scott Peterson
2005 : Scott Peterson is sent to death row for the slaying of his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson.

1968 - Vietnam Massacre By US Forces
1968 : U.S. troops massacre South Vietnamese between 200 and 500 unarmed villagers at My Lai 4, a cluster of hamlets in the coastal lowlands of the northernmost region of South Vietnam. During the ensuing massacre, several old men were bayoneted; some women and children praying outside the local temple were shot in the back of the head; and at least one girl was raped before being killed. Others were systematically rounded up and led to a nearby ditch where they were executed. In some ways this single story that came out changed the views of many American citizens who were beginning to question why the US was involved in Vietnam and was later proved to be true, this was a fairly isolated case of US forces brutality which reflected wrongly on all US forces in Vietnam.

1935 - Germany Treaty of Versailles
1935 : Adolf Hitler violates the Treaty of Versailles by introducing compulsory military conscription in Germany and rebuilding German armed forces. This included a new Navy (Kriegsmarine), the first full armored divisions (Panzerwaffe) and an Air Force (Luftwaffe).

1915 - U.S.A. Federal Trade Commission
1915 : The Federal Trade Commission was organized following the Federal Trade Commission Act in 1914. Its principal mission is the promotion of "consumer protection" and the elimination and prevention of what regulators perceive to be "anti-competitive" business practices, one of it's roles is to enforce antitrust laws.


1920 - U.S.A. Sir Aukland Geddes
1920 : Sir Aukland Geddes, an ambassador to the United States, stated that mutual respect was needed between the U.S. and Britain. A lengthy quote made by Geddes had been produced by the press. This quote included ideals of how when peace and respect is agreed upon that it should actually happen. Geddes stressed that trust love need to be present for peace to happen.

1926 - U.S.A. First Rocket Launch
1926 : The US professor and scientist Robert Hutchings Goddard, Ph.D. launches the world's first liquid-fueled rocket.

1930 - Spain Premier De Rivera
1930 : Respects were paid to Premier De Rivera who had passed away today in Spain. He was the one who was responsible for the founding of the Spanish Patriotic Union.

1942 - U.S.A. Fats Waller
1942 : Recording artist Fats Waller records “The Jitterbug Waltz” in New York. In addition to this song, some of his other hits include “Honeysuckle Rose” and “Valentine Stomp.”

1945 - Iwo Jima Allies Declare Secure
1945 : The island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean is declared secure by Allied Commanders, but on the night of March 25th a 300-man Japanese force launched a final counterattack in the vicinity of Airfield Number 2 leaving more than 100 US Forces killed and another 200 wounded. Iwo Jima was a difficult battle for the allies as the Japanese fought to the last man and of over 21,000 Japanese soldiers who were entrenched on the island, 20,703 died either from fighting or by ritual suicide.

1948 - Columbia Plane Crash
1948 : A plane crashed into a mountain in Columbia. Fourteen lives were lost in this crash. A protestant clergy member and his family were among those on board before this tragedy happened.

1953 - U.S.A. Right To Work Laws
1953 : The U.S. Supreme Court gave power to enforce right-to-work laws to the state of Virginia. This action made it possible for state courts to stop peaceful picketing demonstrations if this action non-union workers’ employment.

1953 - England Marshal Tito
1953 : Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia is the first Communist head of state to visit Great Britain, this follows a visit last September by the Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden who visited Yugoslavia to strengthen ties between the two nations.

1964 - U.S.A. NFL
1964 : Paul Hornung of the Green Bay Packers and Alex Karras of the Detroit Lions were reinstated by the National Football League after being suspended and investigated for gambling activities. . Find Out More About More History Of NFL Football including history, teams, growth, and the modern game.

1965 - Canada Cancer and Cigarettes
1965 : Doctor William K. Kerr of the Toronto’s Department of Surgery reported the first ever biochemical link between cancer and cigarettes. Kerr was one of the groups of scientists who had studied the affects of cigarettes on persons, rather than just researching statistical studies.

1968 - U.S.A. Robert F. Kennedy
1968 : Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the brother of assassinated President John F. Kennedy, announced his run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

1972 - Canada Howard Hughes
1972 : Some people believed that Howard Hughes had traveled back to the United States by this time. However, other sources indicate that Hughes was still in Canada. Before this time, he had been in hiding Nicaragua. This was during the period in history when the author Irving had admitted in court that his yet-to-be-published biography about Hughes was a fraud.

1976 - UK Harold Wilson
1976 : The British Prime Minister Harold Wilson shocks the political world by announcing his resignation after being the Labour leader for 13 years and prime minister for almost eight years.

1978 - Italy Aldo Moro
1978 : The former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro is kidnapped in Rome. His escort of five police bodyguards were killed when he was snatched at gunpoint from a car near a cafe in the morning rush-hour. The Red Brigade has claimed responsibility and has said it kidnapped the Christian Democratic leader.

1978 - France Amoco Cadiz
1978 : The Amoco Cadiz wrecks off the coast of Portsall, France losing 68 million gallons of oil that caused environmental damage to 240 miles of France’s Brittany coastline.

1985 - Lebanon Terry Anderson
1985 : Terry Anderson the Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press is is kidnapped in Beirut, Lebanon, by Islamic militants.

1988 - U.S.A. Microwaves
1988 : A summary of new weapon research was presented. A radiation specialist from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has made it known that both the U.S. and Soviet Union had plans to use microwaves to their advantage on land, naval, and air bases. A fear regarding the use of microwaves was very present from this time forward. It became possible for enemy forces to use the microwaves to destroy the systems on which most military centers run.

1988 - Northern Ireland Murder at Cemetery
1988 : A gunman opens fire and throws grenades into the crowd of mourners at Milltown Cemetery in Northern Ireland killing 3 mourners and injuring at least 50 attending the funeral for IRA members shot dead in Gibraltar.

1988 - Iraq Poison Gas Attack On Kurds
1988 : Thousands of people are killed in a poison gas attack cocktail which included mustard gas, the nerve agents sarin, tabun and VX and possibly cyanide on the Kurdish city of Halabja in northern Iraq. The attack was believed to have been carried out by Iraq forces on the orders of Saddam Hussein.

1988 - U.S.A. Iran-Contra Affair
1988 : Former National Security Adviser John M. Poindexter, former White House aide Oliver L. North and two others are indicted on charges relating to the Iran-Contra affair.

1990 - Spain Seville
1990 : Seville, a small town located along the Guadalquivir River announced the planning of a special celebration. This is the town in Spain where Christopher Columbus resided in between voyages. The name of this celebration coming up was called the Universal Exhibition of 1992. The plan was to make the Monastery of Santa Maria de la Cuevas the central location of this event. Likewise, plans were to present this famous monastery as the Royal Pavilion during Exhibition 1992.

1998 - Rwanda Mass Trials for 1994 Genocide
1998 : Rwanda began mass trials for the country's 1994 genocide of the hundreds of thousands of ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutu sympathizers in Rwanda, the trials had started in 1996 following the change of government but the backlog was so bad that mass trials were instituted. The genocide was perpetuated by Rwanda government leaders working in secret with youth group leaders, forming and arming militias called Interahamwe which were responsible for most of the murders, the Red Cross estimated that 500,000 Rwandans were murdered.

2000 - U.S.A. Dow Jones
2000 : The Dow Jones Average shot up 500 points. This was one of the busiest trading days in the history of the New York Stock Exchange.

2003 - Gaza Rachel Corrie
2003 : Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American in Gaza to protest Israel operations, was killed when she was run over by a bulldozer while trying to block troops from demolishing a Palestinian home.

2006 - Iraq New Parliament
2006 : Iraq's newly elected parliament met briefly for the first time.

2006 - United States National debt raised to 9 trillion dollars
2006 : The Senate has voted to raise the national debt ceiling to nearly 9 trillion dollars. This might prevent the first ever default on U.S. Treasury notes. The debt limit increase is the fourth since President Bush took office, and the move will allow the government to continue paying for the more expensive governmental packages, like the war in Iraq, without raising taxes. The 9 trillion dollar deficit will average out at about 30 thousand dollars a person.

2008 - The Dalai Lama warns of violence in Tibet
2008 : The Dalai Lama has said he fears there will be more deaths in Tibet unless Beijing changes its policies in the Chinese-controlled region. Lhasa, Tibet's main city, has been reported quiet after the protests that took place there, but is under heavy Chinese restrictions. The Dalai Lama has said that the death toll from the protests may be as high as eighty. Indian-based officials have said that this figure has been confirmed by several sources, even though China has put the death toll at ten.

2008 - Iraq McCain in Baghdad
2008 : John McCain has gone to Baghdad in a previously unannounced visit to the Iraqi capital. The Republican's presidential candidate will be meeting with U.S. and Iraqi officials during his trip there. He is also scheduled to visit London, Paris and Israel. The senator is well known for his strong support of the current U.S. policy in Iraq, and was one of the most prominent proponents of the 'surge' strategy.

2010 - Sony sold the rights to Michael Jackson’s hits and unreleased work
2010 : Michael Jackson's estate has signed the world's biggest recording contract, nine months after the singer's death. The $250 million deal for up to ten recordings by 2017 is a huge bet on the singer's continuing popularity with people who are not familiar with his earlier works. It will give Sony the rights to sell Jackson's back catalog and previously unreleased tracks, as well as the soundtrack to the concert movie that Jackson was filming when he died. This will also allow Sony the right to exploit his music in video games, amusement park rides, television adverts, memorabilia and a DVD compilation.

2010 - United States A halt to work on the border fence
2010 : The Obama Administration will be halting further work on the 'virtual fence' that runs along the U.S.-Mexican border. This will divert $50 million of the economic stimulus funds to other purposes. The move signals an almost certain death knell for the troubled five-year plan to drape a chain of tower-mounted sensors and other surveillance gear along most of the 2,000-mile southern border.

2011 - Hip-Hop Star Nate Dogg Dies
2011 : Forty-one year old hip-hop and R&B star, Nathaniel Hale, also known as Nate Dogg, died after complications from two strokes. Nate Dogg had begun his career in the early 1990s and had collaborated with such artists as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Warren G.

2012 - Nicolae Timofti Elected President of Moldova
2012 : After three years of political stalemate Nicolae Timofti, an independent judge, was elected to be the president of Moldova in a parliamentary vote. The country had no full-time president since 2009 when the former president Vladimir Voronin resigned. The opposition party of Communists boycotted the vote.

2013 - Pakistan Government Completes Term
2013 : An elected government completed a full term for the first time in the country's history. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf's government was the first to complete a full term since the country's formation in 1947. The success was praised for moving in the right direction of democracy as all previous governments had either been overthrown, ended by political infighting, or ended with assassinations and murders.

2014 - Italy Venice Polls on Independence
2014 : Independence activists organized an online poll to gauge the opinions of Venice and the surrounding region on breaking away from the rest of Italy. Opinion polls suggested that up to two-thirds of the regions population would be in favor of independence. None of the polls conducted were considered legally binding.

Born This Day In History 16th March

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Jerry Lewis
Born: Joseph Levitch, March 16th 1926, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Known For : Jerry Lewis is best known as a comedian who had his best success in the late forties and early Fifties in the "Martin and Lewis show" ( Starring Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin ) . Following the split he featured in a number of comedy movies including "The Delicate Delinquent", "Rock-A-Bye Baby", "The Geisha Boy" and "The King of Comedy" . On the small screen he featured in a two-hour Saturday night variety show "The Jerry Lewis Show". He is also well known for his charity fund-raising telethons and support for Muscular Dystrophy ( he is the national chairman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association ).

James Madison
Born: March 16, 1751, Port Conway, Virginia
Died: June 28, 1836, Orange, Virginia
Known For : James Madison was the fourth President of the United States and served two terms from 1809 to 1817. He was known as the Father of the Constitution and was heavily involved in the creation of the Bill of Rights. The War of 1812 took place during his presidency.