On this day in history March 16,
1978 – Italian politician Aldo Moro was kidnapped by left-wing urban guerrillas. Moro was later murdered by the group.
1982 – Russia announced they would halt their deployment of new nuclear missiles in Western Europe.
1984 – Mozambique and South Africa signed a pact banning the support for one another’s internal enemies.
1984 – William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, was kidnapped by gunmen. He died while in captivity.
1985 – “A Chorus Line” played its 4,000 performance.
1985 – Terry Anderson, an Associated Press newsman, was taken hostage in Beirut. He was released in December 4, 1991.
1987 – “Bostonia” magazine printed an English translation of Albert Einstein’s last high school report card.
1988 – Indictments were issued for Lt. Colonel Oliver North, Vice Admiral John Poindexter of the National Security Council, and two others for their involvement in the Iran-Contra affair.
1988 – Mickey Thompson and his wife Trudy were shot to death in their driveway. Thompson, known as the “Speed King,” set nearly 500 auto speed endurance records including being the first person to travel more than 400 mph on land.
1989 – In the U.S.S.R., the Central Committee approved Gorbachev’s agrarian reform plan.
1989 – The Soviet Communist Party’s Central Committee approved large-scale agricultural reforms and elected the party’s 100 members to the Congress of People’s Deputies.
1993 – In France, ostrich meat was officially declared fit for human consumption.
1994 – Tonya Harding pled guilty in Portland, OR, to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for covering up the attack on her skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. She was fined $100,000. She was also banned from amateur figure skating.
1994 – Russia agreed to phase out production of weapons-grade plutonium.
1995 – NASA astronaut Norman Thagard became the first American to visit the Russian space station Mir.
1998 – Rwanda began mass trials for 1994 genocide with 125,000 suspects for 500,000 murders.
1999 – The 20 members of the European Union’s European Commission announced their resignations amid allegations of corruption and financial mismanagement.