Today in History, 16 March

Historical Events On This Day

  • In 1527, Mughal Emperor Babur defeated Rajput forces led by Rana Sanga at the Battle of Khanua. 
  • In 1792, King Gustav III of Sweden was shot by Count Jacob Johan Anckarström at a masked ball at the Opera.
  • In 1984, South Africa & Mozambique signed the non-attack treaty.
  • In 2005, Israel officially handed over Jericho to Palestinian control.
  • In 2012, a Turkish NATO helicopter crashed into a house killing ten people on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • In 2013, 24 Pakistani Army soldiers were killed in Rawalpindi after their bus fell down a ravine.
  • In 2016, US President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland as Supreme Court Justice.
  • In 2017, former US President Donald Trump’s second travel ban got blocked by 2 federal courts.
  • In 2018, Hong Kong’s richest person Li Ka-Shing announced his retirement at 89.
  • In 2020, a COVID-19 study by London Imperial College showed migration approach could lead to 250,00 deaths in the UK.

Sports Events Today

  • In 1991, Kristi Yamaguchi won the Worlds Ladies’ Figure Skating Championship in Munich. 
  • In 2008, Georgia defeated Arkansas by 66-57 at the 49th SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament.
  • In 2012, Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar became the first cricketer to score 100 international centuries.

Art and Culture Events Today

  • In 1919, Frank Wedekind’s play “Elius Erweckung” premiered in Hamburg.
  • In 1938, Noël Coward’s musical “Operette” premiered in London.
  • In 1949, Johnny Belinda, Laurence Olivier, & Jane Wyman won Oscars at the 6th Golden Globes. 

Notable Deaths On This Day

S.NoDeath yearPersonality
137 BCTiberius was a Roman Emperor known for his military achievements. He commanded successful campaigns in various parts of Europe. 
21999Gratien Gélinas was a Canadian writer, actor, director, and producer whose major works include Tit-Coq, Bousille et les Justes, and Hier.
32010Elena Tairova was a chess player who was awarded the FIDE titles of Woman Grandmaster in 2006 and International Master in 2007. 
42015Jack Haley was an American professional basketball player who served as an assistant coach for the New Jersey Nets and as a television broadcaster for the Lakers. 
52016Frank Sinatra Jr. was a popular American vocalist, songwriter, and actor of the 20th and 21st centuries best known for his songs The People You Never Get to Love and Walking Happy  

Famous Birthdays On This Day      

S.NoBirth year Personality
11926Jerry Lewis is a comedian who earned prominence as one of the wildly popular duos ‘Martin and Lewis’ during the 1950s.  
21967Lauren Graham is an American actress and author best known for playing Lorelai Gilmore in the famous TV series, Gilmore Girls. 
31971Alan Tudyk is an American actor best known for playing ‘Dr. Noah Werner’ in the sitcom ‘Suburgatory’ and ‘Hoban Washburne’ in the space drama show ‘Firefly’. 
41984Aisling Bea is an Irish actress, writer, and stand-up comedian who was a part of the 2017 hit comedy show ‘Taskmaster’. 
51986Alexandra Daddario is an American actress, best known for her role as Annabeth Chase in the ‘Percy Jackson film series.
61994Kaare Vedvik is a Norwegian professional gridiron football placekicker and punter for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). 
72000Jalen Smith is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).