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March 16 Historical Events

The following events took place on March 16. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 57 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 597 BC
    Babylonians capture Jerusalem, and replace Jeconiah with Zedekiah as king.
  • 455
    Emperor Valentinian III is assassinated by two Hunnic retainers while training with the bow on the Campus Martius (Rome).
  • 934
    Meng Zhixiang declares himself emperor and establishes Later Shu as a new state independent of Later Tang.
  • 1190
    Massacre of Jews at Clifford’s Tower, York.
  • 1244
    Over 200 Cathars are burned after the Fall of Montségur.
  • 1322
    The Battle of Boroughbridge take place in the Despenser Wars.
  • 1521
    Ferdinand Magellan, reached the island of Homonhon, in the Philippines, with 150 crew. Members of his expedition became the first Spaniards to reach the Philippine archipelago, but were not the first Europeans. He landed with three small ships, Concepcion, Trinidad and Victoria and called the place the Arcigelago de San Lazaro since it was the feast day of Saint Lazarus of Bethany.
  • 1621
    Samoset, a Mohegan, visited the settlers of Plymouth Colony and greets them, “Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset.”
  • 1660
    The Long Parliament of England is dissolved so as to prepare for the new Convention Parliament.
  • 1689
    The 23rd Regiment of Foot or Royal Welch Fusiliers is founded.
  • 1782
    American Revolutionary War: Spanish troops capture the British-held island of Roatán.
  • 1792
    King Gustav III of Sweden is shot; he dies on March 29.
  • 1802
    The Army Corps of Engineers is established to found and operate the United States Military Academy at West Point.
  • 1812
    Siege of Badajoz (March 16 – April 6) – British and Portuguese forces besieged and defeated French garrison during the Peninsular War.
  • 1815
    Prince Willem proclaims himself King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, the first constitutional monarch in the Netherlands.
  • 1818
    In the Second Battle of Cancha Rayada, Spanish forces defeated Chileans under José de San Martín.
  • 1861
    Edward Clark becomes Governor of Texas, replacing Sam Houston, who has been evicted from the office for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: During the Red River Campaign, Union troops reach Alexandria, Louisiana.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: The Battle of Averasborough began as Confederate forces suffer irreplaceable casualties in the final months of the war.
  • 1870
    The first version of the overture fantasy Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky receives its première performance.
  • 1872
    The 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.
  • 1894
    Jules Massenet’s opera Thaïs is first performed.
  • 1900
    Sir Arthur Evans purchased the land around the ruins of Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete.
  • 1916
    The 7th and 10th US cavalry regiments under John J. Pershing cross the US–Mexico border to join the hunt for Pancho Villa.
  • 1924
    In accordance with the Treaty of Rome, Fiume becomes annexed as part of Italy.
  • 1926
    History of Rocketry: Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts.
  • 1935
    Adolf Hitler orders Germany to rearm herself in violation of the Treaty of Versailles. Conscription is reintroduced to form the Wehrmacht.
  • 1936
    Warmer-than-normal temperatures rapidly melt snow and ice on the upper Allegheny and Monongahela rivers and lead to a major flood in Pittsburgh.
  • 1939
    From Prague Castle, Hitler proclaims Bohemia and Moravia a German protectorate.
  • 1939
    Marriage of Princess Fawzia of Egypt to Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran.

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