March 16: Day of the Week
March 16, 2017 was the 75th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 290 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is jueves.
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Here’s the March calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
March 16 Historical Event(s)
- 1812Battle of Badajoz (March 16 – April 6) – British and Portuguese forces besieged and defeated French garrison during Peninsular War.
- 1815Prince Willem of the House of Orange-Nassau proclaimed himself King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, the first constitutional monarch in the Netherlands.
- 1872The Wanderers F.C. won the first FA Cup, the oldest football competition in the world, beating Royal Engineers A.F.C. 1-0 at The Oval in Kennington, London.
- 1900Sir Arthur Evans purchased the land around the ruins of Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete.
- 1916The 7th and 10th US cavalry regiments under John J. Pershing crossed the US-Mexico border to join the hunt for Pancho Villa.
- 1926History of Rocketry: Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts.
- 1940First person killed in a German bombing raid on the UK in World War II during a raid on Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands, James Isbister.
- 1966Launch of Gemini 8, the 12th manned American space flight and first space docking with the Agena Target Vehicle.
- 1983Demolition of the radio tower Ismaning, the last wooden radio tower in Germany.
- 2005Israel officially handed over Jericho to Palestinian control.
Who were born on March 16?
- 1654Andreas Acoluthus, German orientalist (d. 1704)
- 1751James Madison, 4th President of the United States (d. 1836)
- 1797Alaric Alexander Watts, English poet and journalist (d. 1864)
- 1925Luis E. Miramontes, Mexican chemist (d. 2004)
- 1928Christa Ludwig, German mezzo-soprano
- 1940Keith Rowe, English painter and guitarist (AMM)
- 1944Andrew S. Tanenbaum, American Computer Science Professor, Author of MINIX OS
- 1965Richard Daniel Roman, English songwriter and record producer
- 1969Judah Friedlander, American actor and comedian
- 1970Joakim Berg, Swedish singer (Kent)
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