This day in history
Today is Saturday, March 16, the 75th day of 2019. There are 290 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Actor Erik Estrada is 70. Actor Victor Garber is 70. Bluegrass musician Tim O’Brien is 65. Rock singer-musician Nancy Wilson (Heart) is 65. Actor Clifton Powell is 63. Rapper-actor Flavor Flav (Public Enemy) is 60. Folk singer Patty Griffin is 55. Actress Lauren Graham is 52.
In 1802, President Jefferson signed authorized the establishment of the US Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
In 1926, Robert H. Goddard successfully tested the first liquid-fueled rocket at his Aunt Effie’s farm in Auburn.
In 1968, the My Lai massacre took place during the Vietnam War as U.S. Army soldiers hunting for Viet Cong fighters and sympathizers killed unarmed villagers in two hamlets of Son My village; estimates of the death toll vary from 347 to 504.
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, avoiding jail but drawing a $100,000 fine.
Last year, singer Aretha Franklin canceled two upcoming concerts, saying a doctor had told her to stay off the road and rest completely for at least two months.