Today in History, English
Today in History, English

29251March 16Event1968 – Vietnam War: In the My Lai Massacre, between 347 and 500 Vietnamese villagers (men, women, and children) are killed by American troops.
29252March 16Event1968 – General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.
29253March 16Event1969 – A Viasa McDonnell Douglas DC-9 crashes in Maracaibo, Venezuela, killing 155.
29254March 16Event1976 – British Prime Minister Harold Wilson resigns, citing personal reasons.
29255March 16Event1977 – Assassination of Kamal Jumblatt, the main leader of the anti-government forces in the Lebanese Civil War.
29256March 16Event1978 – Former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro is kidnapped and later killed by his captors.
29257March 16Event1978 – Supertanker Amoco Cadiz splits in two after running aground on the Portsall Rocks, three miles off the coast of Brittany, resulting in the largest oil spill in history at that time.
29258March 16Event1979 – Sino-Vietnamese War: The People's Liberation Army crosses the border back into China, ends the war.
29259March 16Event1983 – Demolition of the Ismaning radio transmitter, the last wooden radio tower in Germany.
29260March 16Event1984 – William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, Lebanon, is kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists and later died in captivity.
29261March 16Event1985 – Associated Press newsman Terry Anderson is taken hostage in Beirut. He is released on December 4, 1991.
29262March 16Event1988 – Iran–Contra affair: Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
29263March 16Event1988 – Halabja chemical attack: The Kurdish town of Halabja 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.
29264March 16Event1988 – The Troubles: Ulster loyalist militant Michael Stone attacks a Provisional IRA funeral in Belfast with pistols and grenades. Three people are killed and more than 60 wounded. The attack was filmed by news crews.
29265March 16Event1989 – In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found near the Pyramid of Cheops.
29266March 16Event1995 – Mississippi formally ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment was officially ratified in 1865.
29267March 16Event2003 – Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American woman involved with the International Solidarity Movement, is killed trying to prevent a Palestinian home from being destroyed by a bulldozer in Rafah.
29268March 16Event2005 – Israel officially hands over Jericho to Palestinian control.
29269March 16Event2014 – Crimea votes in a controversial referendum to secede from Ukraine to join Russia.
29270March 16Birth1338 – Thomas de Beauchamp, 12th Earl of Warwick, English son of Katherine Mortimer, Countess of Warwick (d. 1401)
29271March 16Birth1399 – Xuande Emperor of China (d. 1435)
29272March 16Birth1445 – Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg, Swiss priest and theologian (d. 1510)
29273March 16Birth1473 – Henry IV, Duke of Saxony (d. 1541)
29274March 16Birth1581 – Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, Dutch historian and poet (d. 1647)
29275March 16Birth1585 – Gerbrand Adriaenszoon Bredero, Dutch poet and playwright (d. 1618)
29276March 16Birth1631 – René Le Bossu, French author and critic (d. 1680)
29277March 16Birth1654 – Andreas Acoluthus, German orientalist and scholar (d. 1704)
29278March 16Birth1663 – Jean-Baptiste Matho, French composer and educator (d. 1743)
29279March 16Birth1729 – Countess Maria Louise Albertine of Leiningen-Falkenburg-Dagsburg (d. 1818)
29280March 16Birth1750 – Caroline Herschel, German-English astronomer (d. 1848)

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