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 French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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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)
- 1521Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines.
- 1660The Long Parliament dissolved.
- 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.
- 1818Second Battle of Cancha Rayada – Spanish forces defeated Chileans under José de San Martín.
- 1916The 7th and 10th US cavalry regiments under John J. Pershing crossed the US-Mexico border to join the hunt for Pancho Villa.
- 1935Adolf Hitler ordered Germany to rearm herself in violation of the Versailles Treaty. Conscription is reintroduced to form the Wehrmacht.
- 1945Ninety percent of Würzburg, Germany is destroyed in only 20 minutes by British bombers. 5,000 are killed.
- 1968General Motors produced its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.
- 1983Demolition of the radio tower Ismaning, the last wooden radio tower in Germany.
- 1988Iran-Contra Affair: Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Who were born on March 16?
- 1631René Le Bossu, French critic (d. 1680)
- 1751James Madison, 4th President of the United States (d. 1836)
- 1839René François Armand Sully-Prudhomme, French writer and Nobel laureate (d. 1907)
- 1889Reggie Walker, South African athlete (d. 1951)
- 1924Beryl Davis, English singer (d. 2011)
- 1946Michael Basman, English chess master
- 1947Baek Yoon-sik, South Korean actor
- 1958Jorge Ramos, Mexican TV anchor
- 1960Jenny Eclair, British comedienne, novellist and actress.
- 1973Brant Bjork, American musician (Kyuss)
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