This day in history
Today is Friday, March 16, the 75th day of 2018. There are 290 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Movie director Bernardo Bertolucci is 77. Game show host Chuck Woolery is 77. Singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker is 76. Actor Erik Estrada is 69. Bluegrass musician Tim O’Brien is 64. Heart singer-musician Nancy Wilson is 64. Golf Hall of Famer Hollis Stacy is 64. Actor Clifton Powell is 62. Rapper-actor Flavor Flav of Public Enemy is 59. Folk singer-songwriter Patty Griffin is 54. Movie director Gore Verbinski is 54. Singer Tracy Bonham is 51. Actor Tim Kang is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Blu Cantrell is 42.
In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew reached the Philippines, where Magellan was later killed during a battle with natives.
In 1926, rocket science pioneer Robert H. Goddard successfully tested the first liquid-fueled rocket at his Aunt Effie’s farm in Auburn, Mass.
In 1945, during World War II, American forces declared they had secured Iwo Jima, although pockets of Japanese resistance remained.
In 1968, the My Lai massacre took place during the Vietnam War as US Army soldiers hunting for Viet Cong fighters killed unarmed villagers in two hamlets of Son My village; estimates of the death toll vary from 347 to 504. Senator Robert F. Kennedy of New York announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In 1978, Italian politician Aldo Moro was kidnapped by the left-wing Red Brigades, who later murdered him.
In 1988, a Protestant extremist launched a one-man gun-and-grenade attack on an Irish Republican Army funeral at Milltown Cemetery in Belfast, killing three of the mourners.
In 1991, a plane carrying seven members of country singer Reba McEntire’s band and her tour manager crashed into Otay Mountain in southern California, killing all on board. US skaters Kristi Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding, and Nancy Kerrigan swept the World Figure Skating Championships.
In 1994, figure skater Tonya Harding pleaded guilty in Portland, Ore., to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for covering up an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan, drawing a $100,000 fine.
In 2003, American activist Rachel Corrie, 23, was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer while trying to block demolition of a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip.
Last year, Steve Penny resigned as president of USA Gymnastics following intensified pressure on the group for its handling of sex abuse cases.