Freedom of Information Day
When : Always March 16th
Freedom of Information Day celebrates and recognizes a valuable concept in American rights.
March 16th is the birth date of James Madison, the 4th president of the United States of America. James Madison is recognized as the "Father of the Constitution", and the chief author of the "Bill of Rights". Freedom of information and individual rights was very important to James Madison.
Did you Know? The Freedom of Information Act was passed into law in 1966. It opened up a wealth of information to American citizens. James Madison would be very pleased!
Origin of "Freedom of Information Day":
While the word "National" is not included in the title of this day. We have no doubt that this is a national day. It is widely recognized and documented in U.S..Government websites and in other written materials.
Freedom of Information Act - straight from the U.S. Department of Justice.
This Day in History March 16
Babylonians capture Jerusalem, and replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king. (597 BC)
Massacre of Jews at Clifford's Tower, York. (1190)
Samoset, a Mohegan, visited the settlers of Plymouth Colony and greets them, "Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset." (1621)
The Army Corps of Engineers is established to found and operate the United States Military Academy at West Point. (1802)
Edward Clark became Governor of Texas, replacing Sam Houston, who has been evicted from the office for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy. (1861)
The Battle of Averasborough began as Confederate forces suffer irreplaceable casualties in the final months of the war. (1865)
The 7th and 10th US cavalry regiments under John J. Pershing crossed the US-Mexico border to join the hunt for Pancho Villa. (1916)
Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts. (1926)
The Ford Motor Company produced its 50 millionth automobile, the Thunderbird, averaging almost a million cars a year since the company's founding. (1958)
In the My Lai massacre, between 350 and 500 Vietnamese villagers (men, women, and children) are killed by American troops. (1968)
General Motors produced its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado. (1968)
Mississippi formally ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment was officially ratified in 1865. (1995)