Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/March 16

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This is a list of selected March 16 anniversaries that appear in the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases, you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial or on a day that is or will soon be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only four to five events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is generally not posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled featured article, featured list or picture of the day.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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Blurb Reason
934Meng Zhixiang declared himself emperor and established Later Shu as a new state independent of Later Tang. Meng: empty section; Later Shu: refimprove
1660 – The Long Parliament, originally called by King Charles I of England in 1640 following the Bishops' Wars, dissolved itself. refimprove
1815William I proclaimed himself King of the first constitutional monarchy in the Netherlands. refimprove
1900 – British archaeologist Arthur Evans purchased the ruins of Knossos, a major centre of the Minoan civilization and the largest Bronze Age site on Crete, for excavations. Evans: unreferenced section; Knossos: refimprove; date not in either article
1926 – American scientist Robert H. Goddard launched the world's first liquid-fueled rocket, which flew for two-and-a-half seconds before falling to the ground. refimprove section, too many quotes
1978 – The oil tanker Amoco Cadiz split in two after running aground on Portsall Rocks, about 3 miles (5 km) off the coast of Brittany, France, resulting in one of the largest oil spills ever. refimprove section
1978 – Former Prime Minister of Italy Aldo Moro was kidnapped in Rome by Mario Moretti and the Red Brigades. unreferenced section, fringe
1985 – American journalist Terry A. Anderson was taken hostage in Beirut by Hezbollah militants. refimprove
2006 – The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to establish the UN Human Rights Council. multiple issues



March 16: Remembrance day of the Latvian legionnaires

Clifford's Tower, York Castle
Clifford's Tower, York Castle

John Leverett (d. 1678/79) · Anna Atkins (b. 1799) · Virginia Randolph (d. 1958)

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