on this day 3/16 1964 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson submitted a $1 billion war on Poverty program to Congress.

1190 – The Crusaders began the massacre of Jews in York, England.

1521 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines. He was killed the next month by natives.

1527 – The Emperor Babur defeated the Rajputs at the Battle of Kanvaha in India.

1621 – Samoset walked into the settlement of Plymouth Colony, later Plymouth, MA. Samoset was a native from the Monhegan tribe in Maine who spoke English.

1802 – The U.S. Congress established the West Point Military Academy in New York.

1836 – The Republic of Texas approved a constitution.

1850 – The novel “The Scarlet Letter,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, was published for the first time.

1871 – The State of Delaware enacted the first fertilizer law.

1882 – The U.S. Senate approved a treaty allowing the United States to join the Red Cross.

1883 – Susan Hayhurst graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She was the first woman pharmacy graduate.

1907 – The world’s largest cruiser, the British Invincible was completed at Glasgow.

1908 – China released the Japanese steamship Tatsu Maru.

1909 – Cuba suffered its first revolt only six weeks after the inauguration of Gomez.

1913 – The 15,000-ton battleship Pennsylvania was launched at Newport News, VA.

1915 – The Federal Trade Commission began operation.

1917 – Russian Czar Nicholas II abdicated his throne.

1918 – Tallulah Bankhead made her New York acting debut with a role in “The Squab Farm.”

1926 – Physicist Robert H. Goddard launched the first liquid-fuel rocket.

1928 – The U.S. planned to send 1,000 more Marines to Nicaragua.

1935 – Adolf Hitler ordered a German rearmament and violated the Versailles Treaty.

1939 – Germany occupied the rest of Czechoslovakia.

1945 – Iwo Jima was declared secure by the Allies. However, small pockets of Japanese resistance still existed.

1946 – Algerian nationalist leader Ferhat Abbas was freed after spending a year in jail.

1946 – India called British Premier Attlee’s independence off contradictory and a propaganda move.

1947 – Martial law was withdrawn in Tel Aviv.

1950 – Congress voted to remove federal taxes on oleomargarine.

1964 – Paul Hornung and Alex Karras were reinstated to the NFL after an 11-month suspension for betting on football games.

1964 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson submitted a $1 billion war on poverty program to Congress.

1968 – U.S. troops in Vietnam destroyed a village consisting mostly of women and children. The event is known as the My-Lai massacre.

1978 – Italian politician Aldo Moro was kidnapped by left-wing urban guerrillas. Moro was later murdered by the group.

1982 – Russia announced they would halt their deployment of new nuclear missiles in Western Europe.

1984 – Mozambique and South Africa signed a pact banning the support for one another’s internal enemies.

1984 – William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, was kidnapped by gunmen. He died while in captivity.

1985 – “A Chorus Line” played its 4,000 performance.

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

1987 – “Bostonia” magazine printed an English translation of Albert Einstein’s last high school report card.

1988 – Indictments were issued for Lt. Colonel Oliver North, Vice Admiral John Poindexter of the National Security Council, and two others for their involvement in the Iran-Contra affair.

1988 – Mickey Thompson and his wife Trudy were shot to death in their driveway. Thompson, known as the “Speed King,” set nearly 500 auto speed endurance records including being the first person to travel more than 400 mph on land.

1989 – In the U.S.S.R., the Central Committee approved Gorbachev’s agrarian reform plan.

1989 – The Soviet Communist Party’s Central Committee approved large-scale agricultural reforms and elected the party’s 100 members to the Congress of People’s Deputies.

1993 – In France, ostrich meat was officially declared fit for human consumption.

1994 – Tonya Harding pled guilty in Portland, OR, to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for covering up the attack on her skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. She was fined $100,000. She was also banned from amateur figure skating.

1994 – Russia agreed to phase out production of weapons-grade plutonium.

1995 – NASA astronaut Norman Thagard became the first American to visit the Russian space station Mir.

1998 – Rwanda began mass trials for 1994 genocide with 125,000 suspects for 500,000 murders.

1999 – The 20 members of the European Union’s European Commission announced their resignations amid allegations of corruption and financial mismanagement.


Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director of the NMAAHC

Take a tour of the Museum!

Next week we will be celebrating six months of the National Museum of African American History and Culture being open and over 1,000,000 visitors have already come through our doors! If you’ve already visited the Museum, then you understand the groundbreaking significance of this remarkable institution that you helped to build. If you have not had a chance to visit, join as a Charter Member now to receive a downloadable map of the Museum experience.

Each day, thousands of visitors embark on an exhilarating exploration of the rich and complex tapestry of the African American experience…

The journey through the Museum's 11 interactive galleries mirrors the upward progress of African Americans in our country
starting 70 feet below ground on the building's lower level exploring slavery and the Jim Crow era
moving upward to African Americans' historic achievements in science, music, sports, military service, and other fields ... and ascending to modern-day challenges and triumphs.
Join today!

In case you haven’t yet visited the Museum, there is a special map available if you join as a Charter Member today. It depicts visitors’ progression through Museum’s galleries and highlights some of thousands of objects featured in our exhibitions — from an old slave cabin and Harriett Tubman’s shawl, to Chuck Berry’s Cadillac and a robe worn by Muhammad Ali.

Join as a Charter Member now to show your continued commitment!

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Lonnie G. Bunch III
Founding Director

Photographs by Benjamin G. Sullivan for the NMAAHC

SaveAnimalsFacingExtinction.org – Than the Wildlife Park Rangers

Wildlife park rangers put their lives on the line every day to save the world’s most precious animals.

Sign on to thank them for protecting endangered species:

Bravery, sacrifice, and courage are the prerequisites for being a wildlife park ranger.

These incredible men and women are challenged each day with protecting some of the most endangered species in the world. And c, many of them go above and beyond the call of duty:

Two rangers at Fota Wildlife Park endanger themselves to rescue cheetah

Their heroism allowed the cheetah to run away uninjured. We’re so inspired by their dedication to saving beautiful and beloved animals!

Will you sign your name to thank wildlife park rangers for protecting endangered species?

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Take the cheetah, for example:

Right now, cheetahs — the oldest existing species of cats on earth — are threatened with extinction. We cannot let these incredible creatures die out after roaming our planet for FOUR MILLION years.[1]

But with a 90% mortality rate of cheetah cubs in the wild, these cats are on a direct path toward extinction.

That’s why the bravery of park rangers is more important today than ever before.

Every time a ranger protects an endangered species like the cheetah, we move one step closer toward saving these creatures.

So , please sign your name to thank wildlife park rangers for protecting endangered species:





[1] Irish Mirror | Two rangers at Fota Wildlife Park endanger themselves to rescue cheetah caught on feeding line | 3.13.17