Wednesday 16 March 2011
It was Wednesday, under the sign of Pisces. The US president was Barack Obama (Democratic). In that special week of March people in US were listening to Born This Way by Lady GaGa.
Detention, directed by Joseph Kahn, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2011
while Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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- St. Urho's Day - the fictional patron saint of Finnish immigrants to the US, created by Richard Mattson in 1956
- Latvia - The controversial Latvia Legions are celebrated in Latvia, where about 140,000 men joined the Waffen SS National Legions during World War II, trying to defend Latvia. Since February 23, 2000, this day is no longer an official celebration day.
- Saint Heribert of Cologne (died 1021)
- Saint Eusebia (+680)
- Saint Benedicta (+1260)
- Saint Agapitus
- The first day of the Bacchanalia in ancient Rome
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- Richard Wirthlin: American political strategist for Ronald Reagan.
- Arab Spring:
- Bahrain security forces drive out protestors from the Pearl Roundabout, resulting in several deaths. (Ynet)
- Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi shell Misrata as the civil war continues and start an assault on Ajdabiya the last town before the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. (BBC)
- Demonstrators defy a government ban in the Syrian capital Damascus and protest for a second day, demanding the release of political prisoners. (Ahram Online)
- The Israeli Air Force attacks a training site of the Palestinian militant group Al Qassam brigades in the southern part of Gaza City in response to a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip at the Israeli southern communities in the Sdot Negev Regional Council in the southern district of Israel. Palestinians reported that three people were killed in the attack and three were wounded. (idfspokesperson.com)
- The Japanese yen reaches a postwar high against the United States dollar on the basis that Japanese insurers will redeem overseas assets to pay for the cost of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. (Business Week)
- Fukushima I nuclear accidents:
- Another fire breaks out at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant in northern Honshu, Japan. (Reuters via ''Edmonton Examiner'')
- Radiation levels rise inside and outside the plant leading to the temporary evacuation of emergency workers. (Reuters)
- Gregory Jaczko, the head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission tells a United States Congressional panel that his Commission is recommending a higher exclusion zone. (Voice of America)
- Japanese earthquake and tsunami:
- The death toll from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami rises to 4,277 with at least 8,194 missing. (NineMSN)
- The Emperor of Japan Akihito expresses his condolences to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami. (AP via ''The Houston Chronicle'')
- Police in Cambodia ask prosecutors to charge recruitment firm TP with illegally detaining its staff. (BBC)
- Raymond Davis, an official with the United States embassy in Pakistan, is acquitted of charges of two counts of murder and released from jail after compensation is paid to the victims' families, the result of intense diplomatic talks between the United States and Pakistan. (''Times of Pakistan'')
- Hillary Clinton, the United States Secretary of State, states that she will not serve a second term in President Obama's Cabinet if he is reelected in 2012 and will retire from public life. (Huffington Post)
- Michigan protests:
- The Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder signs legislation giving enhanced powers to emergency managers appointed to manage cities and schools including the power to terminate union contracts. (AP via the ''The Columbus Republic'')
- Michigan State Police remove eleven protesters in the State Capitol following a rally attended by thousands of people. (''Detroit Free Press'')
- The organisers of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand decide to reschedule games originally due to be held in Christchurch due to damage caused to Lancaster Park by the 2011 Canterbury earthquake. (''Sydney Morning Herald'')
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