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.
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
1912 Pat Nixon
American educator, 39th First Lady of the United States
Deaths On This Day – March 16
2008 Bill Brown
2006 Minnie Pwerle
2003 Rachel Corrie
1983 Arthur Godfrey
American radio, television host