March 16 in Pop Culture History

March 16 in Pop Culture History

1850 – Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter was published.

1926 – American Robert H. Goddard launched the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket at Auburn, Massachusetts. It reached a height of 41 feet.

1942 – The first V-2 rocket test launched. It exploded at lift-off.

1945 – Tsutomu Yamaguchi was the only individual who witnessed and survived both atom bombs in Japan, Hiroshima on August 6th, and Nagasaki on August 9.

1958 – The Ford Motor Company produced its 50 millionth automobile, a Thunderbird.

1961 – Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, MD, was formally dedicated.

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

1968 – #1 Hit March 16, 1968 – April 12, 1968: Otis Redding(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay

1969 – 1776 (Broadway Musical) Opened on March 16, 1969 and Closed: February 13, 1972

1978 – The Amoco Cadiz wrecked off the coast of Portsall, France, spilling 68 million gallons of oil.

1985 – Associated Press newsman Terry Anderson was taken hostage in Beirut. He was released on December 4, 1991.

2005 – Robert Blake, star of the 1970s television detective show Baretta, was acquitted of the murder of his 44-year-old wife, Bonny Lee Bakley.

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