March 16: this day in history (from Wikipedia)
597 BC – "Babylonians capture Jerusalem, and replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king." Wow, it could be dated THIS precisely?
1802 – "The Army Corps of Engineers is established to found and operate the United States Military Academy at West Point." And to take to seize control over any damn rural property next to a river.
1988 – "Iran-Contra Affair: Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States." Executive branch officials indicted? Those were the days.
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." Cut them some slack. I'm sure a majority had disagreed with slavery for several years before then.
Notable quotes (from BrainyQuote unless otherwise sourced)
"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood." - James Madison (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836)
"I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places."
"While playing golf today I hit two good balls. I stepped on a rake."
- Henny Youngman (16 March 1906 – 24 February 1998)
"I have some very personal feelings about politics, but I don't get into it because I do comedy already." - Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926)
"Citizen participation is a device whereby public officials induce nonpublic individuals to act in a way the officials desire." - Daniel Patrick Moynihan (March 16, 1927 – March 26, 2003)
"I once beat up Wolverine so bad, he applied for a transfer to DC Comics."- Judah Friedlander (born March 16, 1969) Source
"Just faked a phone call to get out of signing a petition then got stuck in traffic...karma." - Blake Griffin (born March 16, 1989) Source
Song of the Day
Fred Neil (March 16, 1936 – July 7, 2001), who would have turned 78 today, composed the great "Everybody's Talking."