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.
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)
- 1782American Revolutionary War: Spanish troops capture the British-held island of Roatán.
- 1818Second Battle of Cancha Rayada – Spanish forces defeated Chileans under José de San Martín.
- 1861Edward 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.
- 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.
- 1942The first V-2 rocket test launch. It exploded at lift-off.
- 1958The Ford Motor Company produced its 50 millionth automobile, the Thunderbird, averaging almost a million cars a year since the company’s founding.
- 1968General Motors produced its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.
- 1985Associated Press newsman Terry Anderson is taken hostage in Beirut. He is released on December 4, 1991.
- 1988Halabja 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.
- 2005Israel officially handed over Jericho to Palestinian control.
Who were born on March 16?
- 1585Gerbrand Adriaensz Bredero, Dutch writer (d. 1618)
- 1846Jurgis Bielinis, Lithuanian book-smuggler (d. 1918)
- 1920Dorothea Binz, Nazi war criminal (d. 1947)
- 1927Daniel Patrick Moynihan, American senator (d. 2003)
- 1928Karlheinz Böhm, Austrian actor
- 1944Andrew S. Tanenbaum, American Computer Science Professor, Author of MINIX OS
- 1959Flavor Flav, American rapper, and reality TV star
- 1963Jimmy Degrasso, American musician (F5)
- 1973Vonda Ward, American boxer
- 1982Riley Cote, Canadian hockey player
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