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    What happened on April 16

    • April 16, 0073 "Masada, a Jewish fortress, falls to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt."

    • April 16, 1071 "Bari falls to Robert Guiscard, ending Byzantine rule in Italy."

    • April 16, 1071 Five centuries of Byzantine rule in Italy end April 16 as Bari falls to Robert Guiscard after a 3-year Norman siege


    • April 16, 1178 "BC - A solar eclipse may have marked the return of Odysseus, legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom after the Trojan War."

    • April 16, 1346 "Serbian Empire was proclaimed in Skopje by Dusan Silni, occupying much of the South-Eastern Europe."

    • April 16, 1395 Azzo X d'Este is defeated at the Battle of Portomaggiore by Venetian-Ferrarese troops.

    • April 16, 1521 Martin Luther's first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the other estates of the empire.

    • April 16, 1582 "Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina."

    • April 16, 1705 Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College

    • April 16, 1746 Battle of Culloden

    • April 16, 1777 Battle of Bennington-New England's Green Mountain Boys rout Brits

    • April 16, 1780 "The University of Mnster in Mnster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany is founded."

    • April 16, 1789 George Washington heads for first presidential inauguration

    • April 16, 1818 Senate ratifies Rush-Bagot ammendment (unarmed US-Canada border)

    • April 16, 1849 "M DeGasparis discovers the 10th asteroid, Hygeia [or 0412]"

    • April 16, 1849 "The opera ""Il Profeta"" is produced (Paris)"

    • April 16, 1853 "The first passenger rail opens in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane."

    • April 16, 1854 San Salvador destroyed by earthquake

    • April 16, 1854 "Steamer ""Long Beach"" sinks off Long Beach NY, 311 die"

    • April 16, 1862 District of Columbia abolishes slavery

    • April 16, 1862 Pres Davis approves conscription act for white males between 18-35

    • April 16, 1862 Slavery abolished in District of Columbia

    • April 16, 1863 Union gunboats pass Confederate batteries at Vicksburg

    • April 16, 1866 Nitroglycerine at Wells Fargo & Co office explodes

    • April 16, 1868 Louisiana voters approve new constitution

    • April 16, 1869 "Ebenezer Bassett, first US Negro diplomat, begins service in Haiti"

    • April 16, 1881 "In Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle."

    • April 16, 1891 "Arthur Tolkien, father of J.R.R. Tolkien, marries Mabel Suffield."

    • April 16, 1908 Natural Bridges National Monument established

    • April 16, 1912 Harriet Quimby becomes first woman pilot to cross the English Channel

    • April 16, 1917 Lenin returns to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution

    • April 16, 1919 "Mohandas Gandhi organizes a day of ""prayer and fasting"" in response to the British slaughter of Indian protestors in the Amritsar Massacre."

    • April 16, 1922 "Annie Oakley shot 100 clay targets in a row, a women's record"

    • April 16, 1922 "The Treaty of Rapallo, in which Germany and the Soviet Union re-establish diplomatic relations between Berlin and Moscow, is signed."

    • April 16, 1924 "Navy commences relief operations in Mississippi Valley floods, lasting until 16 June"

    • April 16, 1925 "During the Communist St Nedelya Church assault in Sofia, 150 are killed and 500 are wounded."

    • April 16, 1926 "Book of the Month Club sends out its first selections ""Lolly Willowes"" & ""Loving Huntsman"" by Sylvia Townsend Warner"

    • April 16, 1935 "The first radio broadcast of ""Fibber McGee & Molly"""

    • April 16, 1941 "World War II: The Italian convoy Duisburg, directed to Tunisia, is attacked and destroyed by British ships."

    • April 16, 1943 Dr. Albert Hofmann discovers the psychedelic effects of LSD.

    • April 16, 1945 "More than 7,000 die when the German refugee ship Goya is sunk by a Soviet submarine torpedo."

    • April 16, 1945 The Red Army begins the final assault on German forces around Berlin.

    • April 16, 1945 The United States Army liberates Nazi Sonderlager (high security) Prisoner of War camp Oflag IVc .

    • April 16, 1945 "US troops enter Nuremberg, Germany, during WW II"

    • April 16, 1946 "US launch of captured V-2 rocket, White Sands, NM; 8 km alt"

    • April 16, 1947 Act of Congress gives Navy Nurse Corps members commissioned rank

    • April 16, 1947 "Bernard Baruch coins the term ""Cold War"" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union."

    • April 16, 1947 HMCS Esquimalt (RCN- minesweeper) torpedoed off Halifax

    • April 16, 1947 Lens to provide zoom effects demonstrated (NYC)

    • April 16, 1947 "Massive explosion & fire kills 500 in Texas City, Tx"

    • April 16, 1947 "Texas City Disaster: An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600."

    • April 16, 1953 Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup

    • April 16, 1953 Queen Elizabeth II launches the Royal Yacht Britannia.

    • April 16, 1959 "Helicopters from USS Edisto begin rescue operations in Montevideo, Uruguay. By 26 April they had carried 277 flood victims to safety."

    • April 16, 1961 Chic Black Hawks beat Det Red Wings 4 games to 2 for the Stanley Cup

    • April 16, 1962 Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News

    • April 16, 1963 "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation."

    • April 16, 1963 Great Train Robbery - 12 men are sentenced to a total of 307 years.

    • April 16, 1966 Rhodesian PM Ian Smith breaks diplomatic relations with Britain

    • April 16, 1969 Number one hit on UK music charts - Desmond Dekker & The Aces - Israelites

    • April 16, 1970 70 die in a snow crush (France)

    • April 16, 1972 "2 giants pandas arrive in the US, from China"

    • April 16, 1972 Apollo 16 launched; 5th manned lunar landing (Decartes Highlands)

    • April 16, 1972 "Apollo program: Apollo 16 launches towards the Moon from Cape Canaveral, Florida."

    • April 16, 1972 "Vietnam War: Nguyen Hue Offensive Prompted by the North Vietnamese offensive, the United States resumes bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong."

    • April 16, 1977 "Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia"

    • April 16, 1980 L Brozek discovers asteroid #2696 Magion

    • April 16, 1981 Columbia space shuttle returns [04/24]

    • April 16, 1983 "Steve Garvey sets NL record by playing in 1,118 consecutive games"

    • April 16, 1986 Henry and Luz get married in Phillipines

    • April 16, 1987 British Conservative MP Harvey Proctor appears at Bow Street Magistrates' Court in London charged with gross indecency.

    • April 16, 1987 FCC imposes a broader definition of indecency over airwaves

    • April 16, 1987 "Michael Jordon, becomes 2nd NBA to score 3000 points in a season"

    • April 16, 1988 "In Forl, Italy, Red Brigades kill Italian Senator Roberto Ruffilli, an advisor of Prime Minister Ciriaco de Mita."

    • April 16, 1989 "Costa Rica beats US 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup"

    • April 16, 1992 """Metro"" opens at Minskoff theater on Broadway"

    • April 16, 1992 "The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique. 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean."

    • April 16, 2003 The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union.

    • April 16, 2007 "Virginia Tech massacre: the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, in which a gunman shoots 32 people to death and injures 23 others before committing suicide."







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