On This Day in History

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On March 16th:

In the year 1521 (498 years ago): Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew reached the Philippines on his voyage, which resulted in the first circumnavigation of the world; but Magellan himself was killed in a battle with native Philippines the following month.

In the year 1926 (93 years ago): American physicist Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket.

In the year 1968 (51 years ago): The My Lai massacre happened during the Vietnam War as U.S. Army soldiers hunting for Viet Cong fighters and sympathizers killed unarmed villagers in two hamlets of Son My village; estimates of the death toll vary from 347 to 504.

In the year 1994 (25 years ago): Figure skater Tonya Harding pleaded guilty in Portland, Oregon, to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for covering up an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan, avoiding jail but drawing a $100,000 fine.
 
Feb 2011
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On March 17, 461, Saint Patrick died.

Why we would celebrate his death instead of his birth or some significant part of his life is a bit disturbing.
 
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On March 17th:

In the year 1762 (257 years ago): New York City held its first St. Patrick's Day parade.

In the year 1959 (60 years ago): The Dalai Lama fled Tibet for India in the wake of a failed uprising by Tibetans against Chinese rule. [These events are depicted in the movie Seven Years in Tibet, which I recommend to anyone who has not seen it.]
 
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On March 18th:

In the year 1766 (253 years ago): Britain repealed the Stamp Act of 1765.

In the year 1925 (94 years ago): The Tri-State Tornado struck southeastern Missouri, southern Illinois, and southwestern Indiana, resulting in some 700 deaths, making it the deadliest tornado in U.S. history: Tri-State Tornado - Wikipedia

In the year 1937 (82 years ago): In America's worst school disaster, nearly 300 people, most of them children, were killed in a natural gas explosion at the New London Consolidated School in Rusk County, Texas: New London School explosion - Wikipedia

In the year 1965 (54 years ago): Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov went outside of his Voskhod capsule, secured by a tether, becoming the first human being to take a 'space-walk'.
 
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On March 19th:

In the year 1931 (88 years ago): Nevada Governor Fred B. Balzar signed a measure legalizing casino gambling.

In the year 1945 (74 years ago): A Japanese dive bomber attacked the carrier USS Franklin off Japan, killing 724 people, but the ship was saved.

In the year 2003 (16 years ago): President George W. Bush ordered the start of war against Iraq. [Because of the time difference, it was early March 20th in Iraq.]

In the year 2008 (11 years ago): The death of famous science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, whose most famous novels were: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End, and Rendezvous with Rama. Clarke is also credited with popularizing the idea of a geostationary satellite: Arthur C. Clarke - Wikipedia
 
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On March 20th:

In the year 1727 (292 years ago): The death of Sir Isaac Newton, great British physicist and mathematician, co-discoverer of the calculus (along with Wilhelm Leibniz) and of Newton's Laws of Motion and the Universal Law of Gravitation; and much else.

In the year 1976 (43 years ago): Kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst was convicted of armed robbery for her part in a San Francisco bank holdup carried out by the Symbionese Liberation Army. [Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison; she was released after serving 22 months, and was pardoned in 2001 by President Bill Clinton.]

In the year 1995 (24 years ago): 12 people were killed and more than 5500 others sickened in Tokyo, Japan, when packages containing the deadly nerve agent sarin were leaked on five separate subway trains by members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult; had the devices worked as intended, the death toll would have been vastly higher: Aum Shinrikyo - Wikipedia
 
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