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Thursday March 16, 2017

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 Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.

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Here’s the March calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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)

  • 1782
    American Revolutionary War: Spanish troops capture the British-held island of Roatán.
  • 1818
    Second Battle of Cancha Rayada – Spanish forces defeated Chileans under José de San Martín.
  • 1861
    Edward Clark became Governor of Texas, replacing Sam Houston, who has been evicted from the office for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy.
  • 1940
    First 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.
  • 1942
    The first V-2 rocket test launch. It exploded at lift-off.
  • 1958
    The Ford Motor Company produced its 50 millionth automobile, the Thunderbird, averaging almost a million cars a year since the company’s founding.
  • 1968
    General Motors produced its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.
  • 1985
    Associated Press newsman Terry Anderson is taken hostage in Beirut. He is released on December 4, 1991.
  • 1988
    Halabja poison gas attack: The Kurdish town of Halabjah in Iraq is attacked with a mix of poison gas and nerve agents on the orders of Saddam Hussein, killing 5000 people and injuring about 10000 people.
  • 2005
    Israel officially handed over Jericho to Palestinian control.

Who were born on March 16?

  • 1585
    Gerbrand Adriaensz Bredero, Dutch writer (d. 1618)
  • 1846
    Jurgis Bielinis, Lithuanian book-smuggler (d. 1918)
  • 1920
    Dorothea Binz, Nazi war criminal (d. 1947)
  • 1927
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan, American senator (d. 2003)
  • 1928
    Karlheinz Böhm, Austrian actor
  • 1944
    Andrew S. Tanenbaum, American Computer Science Professor, Author of MINIX OS
  • 1959
    Flavor Flav, American rapper, and reality TV star
  • 1963
    Jimmy Degrasso, American musician (F5)
  • 1973
    Vonda Ward, American boxer
  • 1982
    Riley Cote, Canadian hockey player

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