March 16  

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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.



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