This Day in History: March 16

My Lai Massacre

1968 – My Lai Massacre. On this day in 1968, during the Vietnam War, U.S. soldiers dispatched on a search-and-destroy mission killed as many as 500 unarmed villagers in the hamlet of My Lai, considered a stronghold of the Viet Cong.


2014 – In a popular referendum, Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation; despite opposition from numerous countries, Russia later annexed the region.

Robert H. Goddard

1926 – American inventor Robert H. Goddard launched the first successful liquid-propellant rocket.

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