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March 16th History

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March 16th In Pop Culture History

1850 - Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter was published.

1926 - American Robert H. Goddard launched the world's first liquid-fueled rocket at Auburn, Massachusetts. It reached a height of 41 feet.

1942 - The first V-2 rocket test launched. It exploded at lift-off.

1945 - Tsutomu Yamaguchi was the only individual who witnessed and survived both atom bombs in Japan, Hiroshima on August 6th, and Nagasaki on August 9.

1958 - The Ford Motor Company produced its 50 millionth automobile, a Thunderbird.

1961 - Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, MD, was formally dedicated.

March 16, 1961 Birthday (fictional) Al Simmons, Spawn, Image Comics

1968 - General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, an Oldsmobile Toronado.

1968 - #1 Hit March 16, 1968 - April 12, 1968: Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay

1969 - Broadway Show - 1776 (Musical) March 16, 1969

1978 - The Amoco Cadiz wrecked off the coast of Portsall, France, spilling 68 million gallons of oil.

1985 - Associated Press newsman Terry Anderson was taken hostage in Beirut. He was released on December 4, 1991.

2005 - Robert Blake, star of the 1970s television detective show Baretta, was acquitted of the murder of his 44-year-old wife, Bonny Lee Bakley.

March 16th
Celebrity Birthdays

Learned at the Movies...

Eric Estrada (1949)
Jerry Lewis (1926)
Chuck Woolery (1940)
Lauren Graham (1967)
Todd McFarlane (1961)
Tsutomu Yamaguchi (1916-2010)
James Madison (1751)
David Cronenberg (1943)
Flavor Flav (1959)
Henny Youngman (1906)
Nancy Wilson (1954)
No-one ever involved in a car chase, hijacking, explosion, volcanic eruption or alien invasion will ever go into shock.


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