Historical Events on 16th April

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1178 BC - A solar eclipse may have marked the return of Odysseus, legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom after the Trojan War.
73 - Masada, a Jewish fortress, falls to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt.
556 - Pelagius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1071 - Bari falls to Robert Guiscard, ending Byzantine rule in Italy.
1346 - The Serbian Empire is proclaimed in Skopje at an Easter assembly and Stephen Uroš IV Dušan crowned Emperor over much of the Balkans.
1395 - Azzo X d'Este is defeated at the Battle of Portomaggiore by Venetian-Ferrarese troops.
1509 - French army under Louis XII enters Alps
1521 - Martin Luther arrives at the Diet of Worms assembly
1582 - Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina.
1632 - Albrecht von Wallenstein appointed supreme military commander of the Holy Roman Empire
1705 - Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College, Cambridge
1746 - Battle of Culloden, the last battle on British soil: Royalist troops under the Duke of Cumberland defeat the Jacobite army.
Physicist & Mathematician Isaac NewtonPhysicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton 1780 - The University of Münster in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany is founded.
1787 - 1st American comedy, "The Contrast," made its debut in NYC
1789 - George Washington heads for 1st presidential inauguration
1799 - Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Mount Tabor - Napoleon drives Ottoman Turks across the River Jordan near Acre.
1818 - Senate ratifies Rush-Bagot amendment (unarmed US-Canada border)
1849 - Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "Le prophète" premieres in Paris
1853 - The first passenger rail opens in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane.
1854 - Franz Liszt's "Mazeppa" premieres
1854 - San Salvador destroyed by earthquake
1854 - Steamer "Long Beach" sinks off Long Beach NY, 311 die
1858 - The Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is wound up.
Composer/Pianist Franz LisztComposer/Pianist Franz Liszt 1861 - US president Lincoln outlaws business with confederate states (US Civil War)
1862 - Slavery abolished in District of Columbia
1862 - American Confederate Congress approves conscription act for all white males (18-35 years)
1865 - Battle of Columbus & West Point, GA (Ft Tyler)
1866 - Karakozov attempts to assassinate Tsar Alexander II of Russia
1866 - Nitroglycerine at Wells Fargo & Co office explodes
1868 - Louisiana voters approve new constitution
1869 - Ebenezer Bassett, 1st US Negro diplomat, begins service in Haiti
1870 - Vaudeville Theatre Strand opens in London
1871 - German Empire ends all anti-Jewish civil restrictions
1874 - Dr David Livingstone's body arrives in Southampton
1881 - In Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle.
Physician and Explorer David LivingstonePhysician and Explorer David Livingstone 1883 - Paul Kruger chosen as president of Transvaal
1888 - Drentse & Friese peat cutters go on strike
1900 - US Post Office issues 1st books of postage stamps
1908 - Natural Bridges National Monument forms (Lake Powell, Utah)
1912 - Harriet Quimby becomes 1st woman pilot to fly across English Channel
1912 - Pirates turn a rare 5-3-7 doubleplay (left fielder covers 2nd base)
1913 - The Bulgarians and the Turks agree to an armistice that will be accepted by the other nations involved
1917 - [OS Apr 3] Lenin arrives back from exile in Russia at Finland Station, Petrograd to join the Russian Revolution
1917 - [OS Apr 4] Lenin issues his radical April Theses calling for Soviets to take power during Russian Revolution
1918 - The British House of Commons passes a new Military Service Bill, taking men up to 55 years old and extending to Ireland
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir LeninMarxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin 1921 - Liberal Freedom League forms in The Hague
1922 - Annie Oakley sets women's record by breaking 100 clay targets in a row
1922 - German-Russian treaty signed in Italy, Soviet Union recognized
1924 - 1st radio-transmission of wireless: Mattheus Passion
1924 - Child labor laws strengthened in Holland
1925 - During the Communist St Nedelya Church assault in Sofia, 150 are killed and 500 are wounded.
1926 - Book of the Month Club sends out its 1st selections "Lolly Willowes" & "Loving Huntsman" by Sylvia Townsend Warner
1929 - Cleve Indian Earl Averill, becomes 1st AL to hit a HR on 1st at bat
1929 - NY Yankees become 1st team to wear uniform numbers
1935 - 1st radio broadcast of "Fibber McGee & Molly"
1935 - Babe Ruth's 1st NL game, for Boston Braves, included a HR
1938 - Great Britain recognizes Italian annexation of Abyssinia
1939 - Stalin requests British, French & Russian anti-nazi pact
Soviet Union Premier Joseph StalinSoviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin 1939 - Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
1940 - 1st televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs exhibition)
1940 - Cleve Indian Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter vs Chic, 1-0
1940 - Heitor Villa-Lobos' opera "Izaht" premieres in Rio de Janeiro
1941 - Little Theater at Adelphi Strand closes
1942 - Japanese occupying army on Java installs film censorship
1943 - 40 NZ bombers attack Haarlem, Netherlands (85 killed)
1943 - Dr. Albert Hofmann discovers the psychedelic effects of LSD.
1945 - German troops in Groningen surrender
Soldiers Raqymzhan Qoshqarbaev and Georgij Bulatov raise the Soviet Union flag on the roof of the Reichstag building in BerlinSoldiers Raqymzhan Qoshqarbaev and Georgij Bulatov raise the Soviet Union flag on the roof of the Reichstag building in Berlin

1945 - Red Army begins Battle of Berlin
1945 - US troops enter Nuremberg, Germany
1945 - US troops land on He Shima, Okinawa
1945 - Colditz Castle, the high-security prisoner of war camp in Germany, is liberated by American troops.
1946 - 1st US launch of captured V-2 rocket, White Sands, NM; 8 km alt
1946 - NSB mayor of Rotterdam, Netherlands, FE Muller sentence to 100 years in jail
1947 - -17] Explosions & fire on French ship Grandcamp
1947 - Lens to provide zoom effects demonstrated (NYC)
1947 - Massive explosion & fire kills 522 in Texas City, Tx
1948 - Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris
1949 - Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
1951 - British submarine Affray sank in English Channel, killing 75
1952 - "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 15 performances
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth IIQueen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II 1953 - British royal yacht Britannia launched by Queen Elizabeth II
1953 - Jackie Pung wins LPGA Palm Springs Golf Open
1953 - Phillie's Connie Ryan gets 6 hits in a game
1953 - Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
1953 - WAND TV channel 17 in Decatur, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
1954 - KVAL TV channel 13 in Eugene, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
1954 - Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3
1956 - 1st solar powered radios go on sale
1957 - Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
1957 - USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
1958 - French government of Gaillard falls due to Tunisia crisis
1958 - 5th National Film Awards (India): "Do Aankhen Barah Haath" wins the Golden Lotus
1959 - "Party with Comden & Green" opens at John Golden NYC for 44 perfs
1959 - Datu Abdul Rozak inaugurated as premier of Malaysia federation
1959 - NY Yankees unveil their 1st message scoreboard
1959 - Phils' Dave Philley gets a major league record 9th straight pinch hit
1961 - 15th Tony Awards: Becket & Bye Bye Birdie win
1961 - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
1961 - Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
1962 - Brazil nationalizes US businesses
Broadcast Journalist Walter CronkiteBroadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite 1962 - Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News
1964 - 9 men sentenced 25-30 years for Britain's 1963 "Great Train Robbery"
1965 - Test flight of heavy Saturn S-1C-rocket
1966 - Rhodesian PM Ian Smith breaks diplomatic relations with Britain
1967 - "Walking Happy" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 161 perfs
1967 - Yankees beat Boston 7-6 in 18 innings
1970 - 70 die in a snow crush (France)
1970 - Protestant Unionist Ian Paisley wins seat formerly held by Terence O'Neill in the Stormont (North Ireland Parliament
1972 - "That's Entertainment" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 4 perfs
1972 - 1st Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jane Blalock
1972 - Two giant pandas arrive in US from China
1972 - Apollo 16 launched; 5th manned lunar landing (Decartes Highlands)
1972 - Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0
1972 - Two British soldiers are shot dead by the Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) in separate incidents in Derry
1974 - "Words & Music" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 127 performances
1974 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1975 - Cambodian Red Khmer occupy Phnom Penh
Writer Alex HaleyWriter Alex Haley 1977 - Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia
1978 - "History of the American Film" closes at ANTA NYC after 21 performances
1978 - Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
1978 - St Louis Card Bob Forsch no-hits Phillies, 5-0
1978 - NBC's premiere of miniseries "Holocaust"
1979 - 15th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks & Mets tie 1-1
1979 - 83rd Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:09:27 and Joan Benoit of United States 1st woman in 2:35:15
1979 - 8th Boston Women's Marathon won by Joan Benoit Samuelson in 2:35:15
1979 - Failed Palestinian attack on Zaventem Airport, Belgium
1979 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Sam Shepard for "Buried child"
1980 - Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis
1980 - Delhi beat Bombay by 240 runs to win Ranji Trophy final
Tennis Player Arthur AsheTennis Player Arthur Ashe 1980 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 - "Copperfield" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 13 performances
1982 - Queen Elizabeth proclaims Canada's new constitution
1983 - Steve Garvey sets NL record by playing in 1,118 consecutive games
1984 - 13th Boston Women's Marathon won by Lorraine Moller of NZ in 2:29:28
1984 - 88th Boston Marathon: Geoff Smith of Great Britain 1st man in 2:10:34 and Lorraine Moller of New Zealand 1st woman in 2:29:28
1984 - Oakland A Dave Kingman hits 3 HRs including a grand slam
1984 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Mary Oliver for "American Primitive"
1985 - "Grind" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 79 performances
1985 - Caps 1-Isles 2-Patrick Div Semifinals-Isle win series 3-2
1986 - To dispel rumors he's dead, Moammar Gadhafi appears on TV
1986 - West Indies complete 5-0 demolition of England
1987 - August Wilson's "Fences" wins 1987 Pulitzer Prize for drama
1987 - FCC imposes a broader definition of indecency over airwaves
1987 - Howard Stern & Infinity Broadcasting are warned by FCC
1987 - Michael Jordon becomes 2nd NBA to score 3000 points in a season
1987 - Peter Taylor's "Summons to Memphis" wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction
1987 - Pulitzer prize awarded to August Wilson for "Fences"
1987 - British Conservative MP Harvey Proctor appears at Bow Street Magistrates' Court in London charged with gross indecency.
1989 - 1st Seniors Golf Tradition: Don Bies wins
1989 - Berendrechtsluis opens in Antwerp, biggest flood lock in world
1989 - Costa Rica beats US 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
LPGA Golfer Pat BradleyLPGA Golfer Pat Bradley 1989 - Pat Bradley wins LPGA AI Star/Centinela Hospital Golf Classic
1989 - Zeleka Metaferia wins 3rd World Cup marathon (2:10:28)
1990 - "Piano Lesson" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 320 performances
1990 - 19th Boston Women's Marathon won by Rosa Mota of Portugal in 2:25:23
1990 - 94th Boston Marathon: Gelindo Bordin of Italy 1st man in 2:08:19 and Rosa Mota of Portugal 1st woman in 2:25:24
1990 - Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $260 per week
1990 - Supreme Court rejects appeal from retarded man, Dalton Prejean, condemned to death for murdering a Louisiana state trooper in 1977
1991 - M Leander & E Seago's musical "Matador" premieres in London
1991 - St Louis Blues becomes 8th NHL team in Play-off to come back from a 3-1 deficit as they beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in game 7
1992 - "Metro" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 13 performances
1992 - 1st concrete is poured at new ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field)
1992 - Afghan president Najibullah resigns
1992 - NY Rangers win team record 50th game
1992 - The Katina P runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique. 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.
Victim of Police Violence Rodney KingVictim of Police Violence Rodney King 1993 - Jury reaches guilty verdict in Federal case against police officer who beat Rodney King, but the verdict is not read until April 17th
1994 - Circus performers Marissa Young (24) & Matt Richardson (21) wed
1995 - 56th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Ray Floyd wins
1997 - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Minneapolis/St Paul on WRQC 100.3 FM
2001 - 105th Boston Marathon: Lee Bong-Ju of South Korea 1st man in 2:09:43 and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya 1st woman in 2:23:53
2003 - The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union.
2004 - The super liner Queen Mary 2 embarks on her first Transatlantic crossing, linking the golden age of ocean travel to the modern age of ocean travel.
2007 - Virginia Tech massacre: The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, kills 32 people and injures 23 others before committing suicide.
Singer Carrie UnderwoodSinger Carrie Underwood 2007 - 41st CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney wins
2007 - "Spider-Man 3" directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Maguire and Kristen Dunst premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival
2007 - 111th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:14:13 and Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia 1st woman in 2:29:18
2008 - Start of Papal Journey of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States
2012 - At least 55 people are killed in the Syrian uprising despite UN presence to oversee ceasefire
2012 - For the first time since 1977 no Pulitzer Prize is awarded for fiction
2012 - 116th Boston Marathon: Wesley Korir of Kenya 1st man in 2:12:40 and Sharon Cherop of Kenya 1st woman in 2:31:50
2013 - 37 people are killed by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Khash country, Iran
265th Pope  Benedict XVI265th Pope Benedict XVI 2013 - 16 people are killed after a gold mine collapses in Kyekyewere, Ghana
2014 - Real Madrid defeat Barcelona to win its 19th Copa del Rey trophy
2014 - South Korean ferry MV Sewol sinks on route Incheon to Jeju, 304 drown, mostly students. National controversy erupts over rescue efforts and actions of crew and owner.

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