March 16: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, March 16, 1926, the world's first liquid-fueled rocket was launched?

March 16th is No Selfies Day & Lips Appreciation Day.

Congratulations you’ve made it past the halfway point in March! Today is the 75th day of the year.

Here you’ll find some of fascinating historical events that all happened on this very day, as well facts about history, and your favorite celebrities.

Did you know that on this day in 1926, the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket was launched? The rocket reached an altitude of 41 feet in 2 seconds, averaging 60 mph.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about March 16th in history!

What Events Happened On March 16 In History?

2020 The Dow Jones Industrial Average experienced the single-largest point drop in history.

Falling by 2,997.10 and at a percentage drop of 12.93%, it was also the second-largest percentage drop in history. The event, now known as Black Monday II, was a greater crash than the 1929 Black Monday.

2012 George Clooney and Martin Luther King III were arrested at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, DC.

OTD in 2012: George Clooney and Martin Luther King III were arrested at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington

The arrest happened amid protests against the government in Khartoum. George Clooney said he was expecting to be arrested when he planned the protest.

1995 Mississippi formally ratified the Thirteenth Amendment and became the last state to approve the abolition of slavery.

The Thirteenth Amendment was officially ratified in 1865.

1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono were served deportation papers for overstaying in the US.

1968 Democratic Senator Robert F. Kennedy started his presidential campaign.

1966 Van’s opened its first store at 704 East Broadway in Anaheim, California.

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1952 The world record for rainfall dumped 6.1 feet (1.87m) of rain on Cilaos, Island of Réunion.

1950 The US celebrated its very first National Book Awards.

1926 The world’s first liquid-fueled rocket was launched.

OTD in 1926: The world's first liquid-fueled rocket was launched.

The rocket was created by Robert H. Goddard and reached 41 feet in just 2 seconds.


1876 Nelly Saunders and Rose Harland fought in America’s first public women’s boxing match.

1827 The first African American newspaper called “Freedom’s Journal” was published in the US.

1792 King Gustav III of Sweden was shot during a masquerade ball at the Royal Opera Hall in Stockholm.

OTD in 1792: King Gustav III of Sweden was shot during a masquerade ball at the Royal Opera Hall in Stockholm.

1621 Samoset became the first Native American to make contact with the Plymouth colony.

A chieftain of an Eastern Abenaki tribe, Samoset had learned a few words in English from a nearby English fishing camp. When he contacted the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony, he simply walked into their camp and said hello, before requesting beer and staying the night.

Famous People Born On March 16

Is today your birthday? If so, you share this special day with Lauren Graham! Check out more famous people born on this day below.

1988 Jhené Aiko

American Singer

Jhené Aiko
35 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1967 Lauren Graham

American Actress

Lauren Graham
56 years old
Born In:
Hawaii, USA

1751 James Madison

American President

James Madison
Died On:
Jun 28, 1836 (Age 85)
Born In:
Virginia, USA

1971 Alan Tudyk

American Actor

Alan Tudyk
52 years old
Born In:
Texas, USA

Special Holidays On March 16

Looking for a reason to celebrate? Well, here’s a few! These unique holidays are sure to bring some enjoyment to your day.

March 16: No Selfies Day

No Selfies Day

Did you know that the average person takes a staggering estimated 450 selfies every year? So with today being No Selfies Day, why not put down that phone and just enjoy a selfieless life - or rather for just one day.

March 16: Lips Appreciation Day

Lips Appreciation Day

When it comes to faces, eyes seem to always draw our attention. Today on Lips Appreciation Day, it’s time to lower our gaze a little and appreciate lips, great or small. You could even appreciate your own lips today by applying some lip balm or lipstick!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Elvis was originally blond. He started dying his hair black for an edgier look. Sometimes, he would touch it up himself using shoe polish.

March 16 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

For those of you who were born on March 16th, your star sign is Pisces.

Water is the element given to Pisces, and the symbol used is two fish swimming in opposite directions, representing the division of Pisces’s attention between fantasy & reality.

People born in March all have the Aquamarine birthstone. Aquamarine is the first spring birthstone and is associated with tranquility, serenity, clarity, and harmony.

If you were lucky enough to be born on this day, you were likely conceived around June 23rd, the year before.

A baby that is conceived on March 16, 2023, will be born around December 7, 2023.

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