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3/16/2023 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - March 16

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Today in History in 1850 “Scarlett Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne was published; in 1881 Barnum & Bailey Circus debuted; and in 1945 the Allies secured Iwo Jima.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 597 BC - Babylonians capture Jerusalem, replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king.
  • 1792 - King Gustav III of Sweden is shot by Count Anckarström at a masked ball at the Opera; he dies on March 29.
  • 1850 - Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter" published
  • 1867 - First publication of an article by Joseph Lister outlining the discovery of antiseptic surgery, in The Lancet.
  • 1869 - Hiram R. Revels makes 1st official speech by an African American in the Senate
  • 1881 - Barnum & Bailey Circus debuts
  • 1882 - US Senate ratifies treaty establishing the Red Cross
  • 1912 - Mrs William Howard Taft plants 1st cherry tree in Washington, DC
  • 1926 - Robert Goddard launches 1st liquid fuel rocket, goes 184' (56 meters)
  • 1935 - Hitler orders German rearmament, violating Versailles Treaty
  • 1945 - Allies secure Iwo Jima
  • 1968 - General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1739 - George Clymer, US merchant (signed Decl of Ind, Constitution)
  • 1751 - James Madison, Port Conway Va, (D-R), 4th US president (1809-17)
  • 1799 - Anna Atkins, English botanist and photographer, 1st person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images, born in Tonbridge, England (d. 1871)
  • 1912 - Patricia Nixon, [Thelma Catherine], Ely Nevada, 1st lady (1968-74)
  • 1926 - Jerry Lewis, [Joseph Levitch], Newark New Jersey, comedian/fund raiser (MDA),

Famous Weddings

  • 1822 - Opera Composer (The Barber of Seville) Gioacchino Rossini marries 1st wife Opera Singer Isabella Colbran in Bologna
  • 1905 - Inventor and electrical engineer Guglielmo Marconi (30) weds Beatrice O'Brien
  • 1939 - Marriage of Princess Fawzia of Egypt to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran.
  • 1985 - Actress Maureen McCormick (28) weds Michael Cummings
  • 1996 - Sportscaster Pat Summerall (65) weds Cherilyn Burns in Florida

Famous Divorces

  • 1983 - Producer Dick Wolf (36) divorces Susan Scranton after more than 13 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1940 - Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish writer and Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 81
  • 1971 - Thomas E. Dewey, US president candidate (R 1944, 48), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1975 - T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), dies at 64

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