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This Day in History for March 16

This Day In History1802 – Law signed to establish US Military Academy (West Point, NY)

1830 – New York Stock Exchange slowest day ever (31 shares traded)

1861 – Edward Clark became Governor of Texas, replacing Sam Houston, who is evicted from the office for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy (US Civil War)

1882 – US Senate ratifies treaty establishing the Red Cross.

1900 – American Baseball League officials meets in Chicago. Ban Johnson announces AL league will be Chicago White Stockings, Washington Senators, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Blues, Boston Americans, Philadelphia Athletics and Baltimore Orioles.

1912 – Mrs. William Howard Taft plants 1st cherry tree in Washington, DC.

1930 – USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) floated out to become a national shrine.

1941 – National Gallery of Art opens in Washington, D.C.

1947 – Convair Liner, 1st US twin-engine pressurized airplane, tested.

1957 – 9th Emmy Awards: Phil Silvers Show, Robert Young & Loretta Young win.

1961 – 18th Golden Globes: “Spartacus”, Burt Lancaster, & Greer Garson win.

1964 – LBJ asks Congress to pass Economic Opportunity Act as part of his War on Poverty.

1968 – General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.

1971 – 13th Grammy Awards: Bridge over Troubled Water, Carpenters win.

1974 – 1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville.

1977 – US President Jimmy Carter pleads for a Palestinian homeland.

1991 – Seven members of Reba McEntire’s band are killed in a plane crash.

2011 – U.S. Postal Service issues a set of five “Latin Music Legends” stamps, including one of Carlos Gardel.

2016 – US college student Otto Warmbier is sentenced to 15 years hard labour for trying to steal a political poster, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

2017 – US President Donald Trump’s second travel ban is blocked by 2 federal courts.

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