Book Smugglers Day is a Lithuanian cultural observance held on March 16. It honors the people who defied a ban on Lithuanian language publications printed in the Latin alphabet within the Russian Empire.
Saint Urho's Day is an informal celebration of Finnish culture that originated in America. Despite its name, it is not an official church holiday. It was invented in 1956 by Richard Mattson, a Finnish-American from Minnesota.
Although we refer to artichokes as to vegetables, they are actually the flower buds of the plant. They are so delicious that deserve their own holiday. By the way, March 16 is National Artichoke Hearts Day.
This Day in History
2014A controversial referendum on the status of Crimea was held. According to the official results, more then 95% of voter supported integration of the region into the Russian Federation.
2013Died: Jason Molina, American musician and singer-songwriter who came to prominence in the 1990s performing and recording as Songs: Ohia.
2013Died: Frank Thornton, English actor best known for his role as Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served? and its sequel Grace & Favour.
2005Died: Ralph Erskine, English-born Swedish architect and planner. He was responsible for the design of numerous innovative buildings in Sweden, England, and Canada.
1998Died: Derek Barton, English organic chemist who was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Norwegian physical chemist Odd Hassel.
1995Mississippi formally ratified the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, becoming the last state to approve the slavery abolition.
1988Between 3,200 and 5,000 people were killed in the Halabja chemical attack, a genocidal massacre against the Kurdish people in Southern Kurdistan.
1983Died: Arthur Godfrey, nicknamed The Old Redhead, American radio and television broadcaster and entertainer who was extremely popular in the 1950s.
1978Supertanker Amoco Cadiz ran aground on Portsall Rocks, split in three and sank. This resulted in the largest oil spill of its kind in history to that date.
1969Viasa Flight 742 crashed in Maracaibo, Venezuela, killing 84 people on board and 74 on the ground. The crash was caused by faulty sensors and overload.
1967Born: Lauren Graham, American actress, producer and writer who is best known for her role as Lorelai Gilmore on the comedy-drama series Gilmore Girls.
1964Born: Gore Verbinski, American film director, producer, screenwriter, and musician. He is best known for directing the first three installments in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
1955Died: Nicolas de Staël, Russian-born French painter who was noted for his highly abstract landscape painting and his use of a thick impasto.
1941Born: Bernardo Bertolucci, Italian film director and screenwriter whose best known works include Last Tango in Paris, 1900, The Last Emperor.
1936Born: Raymond Vahan Damadian, American medical practitioner who is best known for having invented the first magnetic resonance scanner.
1935Died: John James Rickard Macleod, Scottish biochemist and physiologist who was awarded the 1923 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with Frederick Banting for their discovery of insulin.
1926American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor Robert Hutchings Goddard successfully launched the world's first liquid-fueled rocket at Auburn, Massachusetts.
1919Germany's national defense force (Reichswehr) was reintroduced in the form of Wehrmacht. It of the Heer (army), the Kriegsmarine (navy) and the Luftwaffe (air force).
1918Born: Frederick Reines, American physicist who was awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physics along with Clyde Cowan. They detected the neutrino.
1914Died: Charles Albert Gobat, Swiss lawyer, politician, and educational administrator who was awarded the 1902 Nobel Peace Prize along with Élie Ducommun.
1859Born: Alexander Popov, Russian physicist who is best known as one of the inventors of radio transmission along with Guglielmo Marconi.
1853Born: Heinrich Kayser, German physicist and spectroscopist who is best known for having discovered the occurrence of helium in the atmosphere of Earth.
1851Born: Martinus Beijerinck, Dutch botanist and microbiologist who is considered to be one of the founders of virology and microbial ecology.
1839Born: Sully Prudhomme, French poet and essayist who was awarded the 1901 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was the first ever winner of this prize.
1792Swedish king Gustav III was shot during a masked ball at the Royal Opera House. The wound wasn't mortal, but it became infected. The king died on March 29.
1789Born: Georg Ohm, German physicist and mathematician who is best known of his discovery of Ohm's law. The unit of electrical resistance was named after him.
1738Died: George Bähr, German architect best known for designing the Frauenkirche in Dresden. Unfortunately, he did not live to see it completed.
1660The Long Parliament of England voted for its own dissolution. It was succeeded by the Convention Parliament elected on April 25, 1660.
1621Samoset, a sagamore of an Eastern Abenaki tribe, became the first Native American to make contact with the Pilgrims of Plymouth Bay Colony.
37Died: Tiberius (born Tiberius Claudius Nero), Roman Emperor from 14 AD to 37 AD. He is considered one of the Rome's greatest generals.