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March 16 Birthdays

James Madison
1751–1836; American President, born in Port Conway, Va., on March 16, 1751.

Georg Simon Ohm
physicist (1787)

Reza Shah Pahlevi
shah of Iran (1877)

Henny Youngman
comedian (1906)

Jerry Lewis
comedian (1926)

Daniel Patrick Moynihan
sociologist and politician (1927)

Bernardo Bertolucci
filmmaker (1940)

March 16 in History


Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines.


Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter was published.


The first liquid-fuel rocket was successfully launched by Prof. Robert Goddard at Auburn, Massachusetts. The rocket traveled 184 feet in 2.5 seconds.


Adolf Hitler cancelled the military clauses of the Treaty of Versailles.


The My Lai massacre occurred in Vietnam.


Italian politician Aldo Moro was kidnapped, and later murdered, by the Red Brigades.


U.S. journalist Terry Anderson was kidnapped in Beirut; he was not released until December 4, 1991 after 2454 days in captivity.


Lieutenant Colonel Oliver L. North and Vice Admiral John M. Poindexter of the National Security Council are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States for their role in the Iran-contra affair.

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