March 16

1521

Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines.

1850

Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter was published.

1926

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

1935

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

1968

The My Lai massacre occurred in Vietnam.

1978

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

1985

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

1988

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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