March 16

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1802 – Congress established the West Point Military Academy in New York, NY.

1850 – The novel “The Scarlet Letter,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, was published for the first time.

1867 – The City of Grand Haven, MI was incorporated.

1882 – The Senate approved a treaty allowing the United States to join the Red Cross.

1883 – Susan Hayhurst graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy to become the first woman pharmacy graduate.

1912 – The Metal Office Furniture Company organized after Peter Wege moved to Grand Rapids, MI. The company would eventually become known as Steelcase.

1915 – The Federal Trade Commission began operations.

1926 – The first liquid-fuel rocket was launched by physicist Robert H. Goddard at Auburn, MA.

1950 – Congress voted to remove federal taxes on oleo-margarine.

1958 – The Ford Motor Company produced its 50 millionth automobile — the Thunderbird. The company averaged almost a million cars a year since their founding.

1964 – Paul Hornung and Alex Karras were reinstated to the NFL after an 11-month suspension for betting on football games.

1964 – President Lyndon B. Johnson submitted to Congress a $1 billion war on poverty program.

1968 – General Motors produced its 100 millionth automobile — the Oldsmobile Toronado.

1968 – U.S. troops in Vietnam destroyed a village consisting mostly of women and children. The event is known as the My-Lai massacre.

1974 – The new Opryland auditorium in Nashville, TN was dedicated.

1977 – ABC aired the first episode of TV’s “Eight Is Enough”.

1984 – William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, was kidnapped by gunmen. He died while in captivity.

1985 – Terry Anderson, an Associated Press newsman, was taken hostage in Beirut. He was not released until December 4, 1991.

1988 – Indictments were issued for Lt. Colonel Oliver North, Vice Admiral John Poindexter of the National Security Council, and two others for their involvement in the Iran-Contra affair to defraud the United States.

1993 – In France, ostrich meat was officially declared fit for human consumption.

1994 – In Portland, OR, Tonya Harding pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for covering up the attack on her skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. As punishment, she was fined $100,000 and banned from amateur figure skating.

1995 – NASA astronaut Norman Thagard became the first American to visit the Russian space station Mir.

1999 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed the 10,000 mark for the first time. By the day’s end, the stock market slipped back to 9,939.

1999 – The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) presented the first Diamond Awards. The awards are given in recognition of albums and singles that have sold 10 million copies or more. The initial recipients included The Beatles, The Eagles, ZZ Top, Boston, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Guns n’ Roses, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Betty Johnson – 89 years old (1929) – Singer

R. Walter Cunningham – 86 years old (1932) – Astronaut (Apollo 7)

Bernardo Bertolucci – 77 years old (1941) – Director (“The Conformist”, “Last Tango in Paris”, “1900”, “The Last Emperor”, “The Sheltering Sky”, “Stealing Beauty”, “The Dreamers”)

Chuck Woolery – 77 years old (1941) – Game show host (TV’s “Wheel of Fortune”, “Love Connection”, “Lingo”, “Scrabble”, “The Dating Game”, “Greed”)

Jerry Jeff Walker – 76 years old (1942) – Singer, songwriter (“Mr. Bojangles”)

Erik Estrada – 69 years old (1949) – Actor (TV’s “CHiPs”)

Victor Garber – 69 years old (1949) – Actor (“Godspell”, “Assassins”, “Lend Me a Tenor”, “Titanic”, “Argo”, TV’s “Alias”, “Legends of Tomorrow”)

Kate Nelligan – 68 years old (1950) – Actress (“The Prince of Tides”, “Frankie and Johnny”)

Ray Benson – 67 years old (1951) – Country singer (Asleep at the Wheel)

Nancy Wilson – 64 years old (1954) – Singer (Heart)

Bob Ley – 63 years old (1955) – Sports anchor (ESPN, “Outside the Lines”)

Flava Flav – 59 years old (1959) – Rapper (Public Enemy)

Todd McFarlane – 57 years old (1961) – Movie producer, comic book mogul (“Spawn”)

Jimmy DeGrasso – 55 years old (1963) – Drummer (Megadeth)

Patty Griffin – 54 years old (1964) – Folk singer

Rodney Peete – 52 years old (1966) – Football player

Lauren Graham – 51 years old (1967) – Actress (TV’s “Gilmore Girls,” “Parenthood”)

Judah Friedlander – 49 years old (1969) – Actor (TV’s “30 Rock”)

Alan Tudyk – 47 years old (1971) – Actor (“Firefly”, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”)

Brooke Burns – 40 years old (1978) – Actress, game show host (TV’s “Baywatch”, “Dog Eat Dog”)

Wolfgang Van Halen – 27 years old (1991) – Bass guitarist (Van Halen) Son of Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli.

 

TODAY IS:

Freedom of Information Day

Lips Appreciation Day

No Selfies Day

Panda Day

World Sleep Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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