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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ancient tombs of Uganda's Bugandan kings, a World Heritage Site, are burnt down by unknown causes. //www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/12/713151 ("New Vision") //news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/culture/2010-03/17/c_13213838.htm (Xinhua)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

At least 68 people have been killed this month in clashes between Bundu dia Kongo and police in the west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7299534.stm (BBC News)
The Dalai Lama calls for a change in Chinese policies towards Tibet and claims that the death toll could be as high as 100. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7299132.stm (BBC News)

Friday, March 16, 2007

Foreign ministers of Pacific Islands Forum countries meet in Vanuatu and call on Fiji to hold elections within two years. //www.abc.net.au/am/content/2007/s1874258.htm (ABC) //www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=readid=30813 (Radio New Zealand)
The Inter-American Development Bank forgives US$4.4 billion in debt owed by Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti and Guyana, five of the poorest countries in the Americas. //www.signonsandiego.com/news/business/20070316-1044-guatemala-idbdebtforgiveness.html (AP via San Diego Union Tribune)

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Fifteen-year-old Scottish boy Kriss Donald abducted, tortured and murdered by Pakistani gang in racially motivated attack in Glasgow.

Sunday, March 16, 2003

The United States Department of State ordered non-essential diplomats and embassy dependents out of Kuwait, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Damascus.//www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNewsstoryID=2388278

Sunday, March 16, 1997

Sandline affair: On Bougainville Island, soldiers of commander Jerry Singirok arrest Tim Spicer and his mercenaries of the Sandline International.

Saturday, March 16, 1996

Robert Mugabe is reelected president of Zimbabwe, although only 32 percent of the electorate actually voted.

Thursday, March 16, 1995

Mississippi ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The amendment was nationally ratified in 1865.

Wednesday, March 16, 1994

In Portland, Oregon, Tonya Harding pleads guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for trying to cover-up an attack on figure skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. She is fined $100,000 and banned from the sport.

Monday, March 16, 1992

President Russia announces the creation of a separate Russian army, leading to questions about the viability of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Thursday, March 16, 1989

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union approves agricultural reforms allowing farmers the right to lease state-owned farms for life.

Saturday, March 16, 1985

Associated Press reporter Terry Anderson is taken hostage in Beirut (he is released on December 4, 1991).

Friday, March 16, 1984

The CIA station chief in Beirut, William Francis Buckley, is kidnapped by Islamic Jihad and later dies in captivity.

Wednesday, March 16, 1983

The Transmitter Ismaning (last wooden radio tower in Germany) is demolished.

Tuesday, March 16, 1982

Mary Whitehouse's private prosecution of "The Romans in Britain" collapses.
An Argentine scrap metal dealer raises the Argentine flag in South Georgia.
In Newport, Rhode Island, Claus von Bülow is found guilty of the attempted murder of his wife.

Thursday, March 16, 1978

Former Italian Premier Aldo Moro is kidnapped by the Red Brigades 5 bodyguards are killed.

Thursday, March 16, 1972

The first building of the Pruitt–Igoe housing development is destroyed.

Tuesday, March 16, 1971

Trygve Bratteli forms a government in Norway.

Monday, March 16, 1970

The complete New English Bible is published.

Thursday, March 16, 1967

In the Aspida case in Greece, 15 officers are sentenced to 2–18 years in prison, accused of treason and intentions of staging a coup.

Wednesday, March 16, 1966

Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the "DSV Alvin" submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb.
More anti-communist demonstrations occur in Indonesia.
"Gemini 8" (David Scott, Neil Armstrong) docks with an Agena target vehicle.

Tuesday, March 16, 1965

A United States federal judge rules that SCLC has the lawful right to march to Montgomery, Alabama to petition for 'redress of grievances'.
In response to the events of March 7 and 9 in Selma, Alabama, President Lyndon B. Johnson sends a bill to Congress that forms the basis for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is passed by the Senate May 26, the House July 10, and signed into law by President Johnson Aug. 6.
In Montgomery, Alabama, 1,600 civil rights marchers demonstrate at the Courthouse.
Police clash with 600 SNCC marchers in Montgomery, Alabama.
Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft "Voskhod 2" for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.

Saturday, March 16, 1963

Mount Agung erupts on Bali, killing 11,000.

Tuesday, March 16, 1948

Treaty of Brussels signed by Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, providing for economic, social and cultural collaboration and collective self-defence.
The Hells Angels motorcycle gang is founded in California.
The largest flood in the history of Brton, Ontario, occurs.{{cite web|url=//thebrtonguardian.com/brton/news/article/44736|title=Brton's largest flood left its watery mark|date=2008-03-10|accessdate=2008-03-10|publisher=The Brton Guardian}}{{dead link|date=June 2011}}

Friday, March 16, 1945

WWII: The Battle of Iwo Jima unofficially ends, with pockets of guerrilla resistance persisting until the official conclusion of the battle.

Tuesday, March 16, 1943

March 19 ndash WWII: 22 ships from Convoys HX 229/SC 122 and one U-boat are sunk in the largest North Atlantic U-boat wolfpack attack of the war.

Monday, March 16, 1942

WWII: New Zealand and Australia declared war on Thailand.

Sunday, March 16, 1941

In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
A group of U.S. warships arrive in Auckland, New Zealand on a goodwill visit. On March 20, they visit Sydney, Australia.
British Minister of Labour Ernest Bevin calls for women to fill vital jobs.

Saturday, March 16, 1935

Adolf Hitler announces German rearmament in violation of the Versailles Treaty.

Tuesday, March 16, 1926

Monday, March 16, 1914

Henriette Caillaux, wife of French minister Joseph Caillaux, murders Gaston Calmette, editor of "Le Figaro", fearing publication of letters showing she and Caillaux were romantically involved during his first marriage. (She is later acquitted).

Saturday, March 16, 1912

Lawrence Oates, dying member of Scott's South Pole expedition, leaves the tent saying, I am just going outside and may be some time.

Friday, March 16, 1900

The British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans purchases the land on Crete on which the ruins of the palace of Knossos stand. He begins to unearth some of the palace three days later.

Tuesday, March 16, 1886

A law establishing the Kiel Canal is adopted.

Saturday, March 16, 1867

An article by Joseph Lister, outlining the discovery of antiseptic surgery, is first published in "The Lancet".

Friday, March 16, 1855

Bates College is founded by abolitionists in Lewiston, Maine.

Saturday, March 16, 1850

Friday, March 16, 1827

"Freedom's Journal", the first African-American owned and published newspaper in the United States, is founded in New York City by John Russwurm.
April ndash Ottoman Algeria: Husain Dei slaps the French consul Decalina on the face, eventually leading to war and French rule in Algeria.
"Freedom\\'s Journal", the first African-American owned and published newspaper in the United States, is founded in New York City by John Russwurm.

Thursday, March 16, 1815

Tuesday, March 16, 1802

The United States Military Academy at West Point is established.
Army Corps of Engineers re-established.

Friday, March 16, 1792

King Gustav III of Sweden is shot in the back by Jacob Johan Anckarström at a midnight masquerade at the Royal Opera in Stockholm he lives until March 29, and is succeeded by Gustav IV Adolf.

Thursday, March 16, 1769

Louis Antoine de Bougainville returns to Saint-Malo following a three-year circumnavigation of the world with the ships "La Boudeuse" and "Étoile", with the loss of only seven out of 330 men among the returning crew is Jeanne Baré, the first woman known to have circumnavigated the globe.

Friday, March 16, 1731

Monday, March 16, 1665

Bucharest allows Jews to settle in the city in exchange for an annual tax of 16 guilders.

Tuesday, March 16, 1660

The Long Parliament disbands.

Tuesday, March 16, 1621

Samoset, a Mohegan, visits the settlers of Plymouth Colony and greets them, Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset.

Wednesday, March 6, 1521 (Julianian calendar)

Thursday, March 8, 1358 (Julianian calendar)

King Haakon VI of Norway designates the city of Skien as a city with trading privileges, making it the 6th town with city status in the country.

Saturday, March 8, 1337 (Julianian calendar)

Francesco Petrarca (often considered the first man of the Renaissance) first visits Rome, to wander its mysterious ruins with an eye for aesthetic as well as for history, exciting a renewed interest in Classical civilisation.
The famine in China, which has lasted since 1333 and killed six million, comes to an end.
The Hundred Years' War (c. 1337–1453) begins between France and England.
The Scaligeri family loses control of Padua Alberto della Scala, music patron of the Italian Trecento, moves to Verona.
Bisham Priory is founded in England.
The Sofia Psalter is produced in Bulgaria.

Monday, March 8, 1322 (Julianian calendar)

Battle of Boroughbridge: Edward II of England defeats several rebellious barons.

Friday, March 9, 1190 (Julianian calendar)

A massacre and mass-suicide of the Jews of York, England, led by Richard Malebys, result in the deaths of 150–500 Jews in Clifford's Tower.

Tuesday, March 13, 675 (Julianian calendar)

Emperor Temmu, Japan's current emperor, decrees the end of serfdom. He also orders an end to granting lands to Princes of the Blood, to Princes and to Ministers and Temples.

Tuesday, March 15, 455 (Julianian calendar)

Emperor Valentinian III, age 35, is assassinated by two Hunnic retainers of the late Flavius Aetius, ending the Theodosian Dynasty. Also his "primicerius sacri cubiculi", Heraclius, is murdered. Valentinian is killed while training with the bow on the Cus Martius (Rome).
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