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This Day in History – March 16

This Day In History1621—Native American chief visits colony of Plymouth, Mass.

1641—General court declares Rhode Island a democracy & adopts new constitution.
 
1802—Law signed to establish US Military Academy (West Point, NY)
 
1802—US Army Corps of Engineers established (2nd time)
 
1830—New York Stock Exchange slowest day ever (31 shares traded)
 
1834—Texas  approves a constitution.
 
1861—Edward Clark became Governor of Texas, replacing Sam Houston, who was evicted from the office for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy (US Civil War)
 
1865—Battle of Averasboro, NC (1,500 causalities)
 
1871—1st fertilizer law enacted.
 
1881—Barnum & Bailey Circus debuts.
 
1882—US Senate ratifies treaty establishing the Red Cross.
 
1912—Mrs. William Howard Taft plants 1st cherry tree in Washington, DC.
 
1915—Federal Trade Commission organized.
 
1934—Congress passes Migratory Bird Conservation Act.
 
1938—Temple defeats Colorado to win 1st NIT.
 
1941—National Gallery of Art opens in Washington, DC.
 
1955—President Eisenhower upheld the use of atomic weapons in case of war.
 
1968—Robert Kennedy announces presidential campaign.
 
1968—General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado.
 
1971—13th Grammy Awards: Bridge over Troubled War, Carpenters win.
 
1974—1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville.
 
1983—Smallest crowd at Cleveland Coliseum (Cavs vs Nets- 1,814)
 
1991—NY Lotto pays $33.3 million to one winner.
 
1994—Tonya Harding pleads guilty to felony attack on Nancy Kerrigan.
 
1997—Stuart Appleby wins Honda Golf Classic.
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