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- In Ancient Rome, the Bacchanalia were traditionally held on March 16 and March 17.
- 1190 - Crusaders start to massacre the Jews of York; many Jews commit suicide rather than submit to baptism.
- 1244 - Catharism, a large and symbolically important massacre took place, where over 200 Cathar perfects were burned in an enormous fire at the prat des cramats near the foot of the Montségur castle.
- 1977 - The Sex Pistols are sacked from A&M.
- 1998 - Pope John Paul II apologises for inactivity and silence of some Roman Catholics during the Holocaust.
- 1908 - René Daumal, French Surrealist writer (d. 1944)
- 1911 - Dr. Josef Mengele, German, accused Nazi war criminal (d. 1979)
- 1920 - Jørgen Nash, Danish Situationist artist and writer (d. 2004)
- 1926 - Jerry Lewis, American comedian
- 1940 - Bernardo Bertolucci, Italian film director
- 1953 - Isabelle Huppert, French actress
- 1898 - Aubrey Beardsley, British artist (b. 1872)
- 1936 - Marguerite Durand, French journalist and feminist (b. 1864)
- 1957 - Constantin Brancusi, Romanian sculptor (b. 1876)
- 1980 - Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (b. 1898)
- 1993 - Natália Correia, Portuguese writer (b. 1923)
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