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On this day in history - March 16

What Happened On This Day – March 16

  • 1988 A poison gas attack kills 5000 civilians in the Kurdish town of Halabjah

    The war crime was in all likelihood executed on the orders of Iraqi despot Saddam Hussein.

  • 1988 In Northern Ireland, an Ulster loyalist kills 3 people at a Provisional IRA funeral

    Michael Stone was later convicted of the Milltown Cemetary attack, which was filmed by news crews.

  • 1968 U.S. troops massacre hundreds of unarmed civilians in Vietnam

    The 504 victims of the My Lai Massacre included many children and infants.

  • 1960 Alfred Hitchcock's movie Psycho is premiered

    The film starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh is an all-time classic of the suspense movie genre.

  • 1926 Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fuel rocket

    The idea for this revolutionary rocket engine first appeared in a book by Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
March 16

  • 1986 Daisuke Takahashi

    Japanese figure skater

  • 1954 Nancy Wilson

    American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress

  • 1953 Richard Stallman

    American computer programmer

  • 1917 Samael Aun Weor

    Colombian author

  • 1912 Pat Nixon

    American educator, 39th First Lady of the United States

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Deaths On This Day,
March 16

  • 2008 Bill Brown

    Australian cricketer

  • 2006 Minnie Pwerle

    Australian painter

  • 2003 Rachel Corrie

    American activist

  • 1983 Arthur Godfrey

    American radio, television host

  • 37 Tiberius

    Roman Emperor