March 16 is the 75th day of the year. There are 290 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday (58 in 400 years each) than on Saturday or Sunday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Thursday (56).
+ 1802 – The Army Corps of Engineers is established to found and operate the United States Military Academy at West Point.
+ 1864 – American Civil War: During the Red River Campaign, Union troops reach Alexandria, Louisiana.
+ 1870 – The first version of the overture fantasy Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky receives its première performance.
+ 1995 – Mississippi formally ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment was officially ratified in 1865.
( Births )
+ 1751 – James Madison, American academic and politician, 4th President of the United States (d. 1836)
+ 1926 – Jerry Lewis, American actor and comedian
+ 1941 – Chuck Woolery, American game show host and television personality
+ 1942 – Jerry Jeff Walker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
+ 1949 – Erik Estrada, American actor