This Day in History For March 16
1830 – New York Stock Exchange slowest day ever (31 shares traded)
1865 – Battle of Aversboro, North Carolina (1,500 casualties)
1912 – American first lady Helen Herron Taft plants the 1st cherry tree in Washington, D.C.
1930 – USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) floated out to become a national shrine.
1941 – Blizzard hits North Dakota & Minnesota killing 60.
1941 – National Gallery of Art opens in Washington, D.C.
1952 – LPGA Titleholders Championship Women’s Golf, Augusta CC: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins her 3rd Titleholders tittle by 7 strokes from Betty Rawls.
1955 – President Eisenhower upholds the use of atomic weapons in case of war.
1957 – 9th Emmy Awards: Phil Silvers Show, Robert Young & Loretta Young win.
1964 – LBJ asks Congress to pass the Economic Opportunity act as part of his War on Poverty.
1966 – Gemini 8 launched with Neil Armstrong and David R. Scott aboard, conducts the 1st docking of two spacecraft in orbit, flight aborted after critical system failure with the crew returned safely to Earth.
1971 – 13th Grammy Awards: “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”, Carpenters win.
1974 – 1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville.
1985 – Two-time Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain is convicted of embezzlement and drug trafficking; sentenced to 25 years but conviction later reversed.
1991 – Seven members of Reba McEntire’s band are killed in a plane crash.
1998 – Pope Paul II asks for forgiveness for the inactivity and silence of some Roman Catholics during the Holocaust.
2003 – 50th ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament: #12 Duke beats NC State, 84-77.
2014 – 61st ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament: #6 Virginia beats #7 Duke, 72-63.
2016 – President Barack Obama nominates Merrick Garland as Supreme Court Justice.
2021 – Declassified US intelligence report says Russian President Vladimir Putin authorizes efforts to aid the re-election of Donald Trump.