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March 16th Today's Highlights in History

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Tuesday, March 16th
The 075th day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On March 16, 1968, during the Vietnam War, the My Lai Massacre was carried out by United States troops under the command of Lt. William L. Calley Jr. (Go to article.)

On March 16, 1868, Maxim Gorky, a Russian writer of short stories, novels and plays, was born. Following his death on June 14, 1936, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On March 16, 1872, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about a bank scandal in New York City. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1521    Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines, where he was killed by natives the following month.

1751    James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, was born in Port Conway, Va.

1802    Congress authorized the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

1836    The Republic of Texas approved a constitution.

1850    "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was published.

1935    Adolf Hitler scrapped the Treaty of Versailles.

1984    William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, was kidnapped by gunmen.

1985    Terry Anderson, chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press, was abducted in Beirut.

1998    The Vatican expressed remorse for the cowardice of some Christians during the Holocaust, but defended the actions of Pope Pius XII.

2003    Vice President Dick Cheney predicted on NBC's "Meet the Press" that American troops would be "greeted as liberators" by the Iraqi people.

2003    Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American, was killed when she was run over by a bulldozer while trying to block Israeli troops from demolishing a Palestinian home in Gaza.

2005    A judge in Redwood City, Calif., sent Scott Peterson to death row for the slaying of his pregnant wife, Laci.

2008    Protests spread from Tibet into three neighboring provinces; the Dalai Lama decried what he called the "cultural genocide" taking place in his homeland.

Current Birthdays

Lauren Graham turns 43 years old today.

AP Photo/Chris Pizzello Actress Lauren Graham ("Gilmore Girls," "Parenthood") turns 43 years old today.


84    Jerry Lewis
Actor, comedian

69    Bernardo Bertolucci
Director

69    Chuck Woolery
Game show host

61    Erik Estrada
Actor ("CHiPS")

61    Victor Garber
Actor ("Alias")

56    Nancy Wilson
Rock singer (Heart)

55    Isabelle Huppert
Actress

54    Ozzie Newsome
Football Hall of Famer

51    Flavor Flav
Rapper (Public Enemy)

41    Judah Friedlander
Actor ("30 Rock")

39    Alan Tudyk
Actor ("Firefly")

19    Wolfgang Van Halen
Rock musician (Van Halen)

Historic Birthdays

Maxim Gorky

3/16/1868 (O.S.) - 6/14/1936
Russian novelist and short-story writer
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49    Hieronymus Emser
3/16/1478 - 11/8/1527
German theologian, lecturer, editor and essayist

82    Giuseppe Crespi
3/16/1665 - 7/16/1747
Italian Baroque painter

97    Caroline Herschel
3/16/1750 - 1/9/1848
German-born English astronomer

85    James Madison
3/16/1751 - 6/28/1836
4th president of the United States (1809-17)

64    Antoine-Jean Gros
3/16/1771 - 6/26/1835
French Romantic painter

82    Francis Chesney
3/16/1789 - 1/30/1872
English soldier, explorer and Middle East traveler

74    Francois-Emile Matthes
3/16/1874 - 6/21/1948
Dutch-born American geologist and topographer

66    Reza Khan Pahlavi
3/16/1878 - 7/26/1944
Iranian Shah (1925-41)

92    James Petrillo
3/16/1892 - 10/23/1984
American labor leader

78    Alberto Gainza Paz
3/16/1899 - 12/26/1977
Argentine newspaper editor of La Prensa

67    Josef Mengele
3/16/1911 - 2/7/1979
German Nazi doctor at Auschwitz extermination camp

40    Vladimir Komarov
3/16/1927 - 4/24/1967
Russian cosmonaut


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