On This Day

What Happened on April 16

Important Events

  • 1746 Jacobite Rising 1745: Battle of Culloden, the last battle on British soil: Royalist troops under the Duke of Cumberland defeat the Jacobite army of Charles Edward Stuart
  • 1900 US Post Office issues 1st books of postage stamps
  • 1917 Vladimir Lenin issues his radical "April Theses" calling for Soviets to take power during the Russian Revolution [OS Apr 4]
  • 1948 Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris
  • 2003 Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union
More Historical Events

Apr 16 in Film & TV

  • 1932 Short film "The Music Box" released in the US, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (1932 Academy Award Best Live Action Short Film)

Apr 16 in Music

  • 1849 Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "Le prophète" premieres in Paris

Apr 16 in Sport

  • 1929 New York Yankees become first MLB team to permanently feature numbers on backs of uniforms; numbers correspond to position in batting order

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Swiss scientist Dr. Albert Hofmann discovers the psychedelic effects of LSD

On April 16, 1943


Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

World record for gathering of Charlie Chaplin lookalikes - 662 at Manoir de Ban, Chaplin museum in Vevey, Switzerland

On April 16, 2017

Famous Weddings

  • 1966 Actor and comedian Michael Palin (22) weds Helen Gibbins
  • 1994 American singer and piano player Harry Connick, Jr. (26) weds American model Jill Goodacre (30) at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1994 Actor Dudley Moore (58) weds actress Nicole Rothschild; divorced in 1998

Famous Divorces

  • 1816 Leading Romantic poet Lord Byron signs Deed of Separation dissolving his marriage with Lady Byron at her request after 1 year of marriage
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