On This Day

On This Day in History for April 16 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1987 Howard Stern & Infinity Broadcasting are warned by FCC
  • 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 Berendrechtsluis opens in Antwerp, biggest flood lock in world
  • 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
  • 1992 1st concrete is poured at new ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field)
  • 1992 Afghan president Najibullah resigns
  • 1992 The Katina P runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique. 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.

USARodney King Riots

1993 Jury reaches guilty verdict in federal case against police officers (two convicted, two acquitted) who beat Rodney King, but the verdict is not read until April 17th

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Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
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  • 1994 Circus performers Marissa Young (24) & Matt Richardson (21) wed
  • 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Minneapolis/St Paul on WRQC 100.3 FM
  • 2003 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 Start of Papal Journey of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 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
  • 2013 37 people are killed by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Khash country, Iran
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Elizabeth Holmes, American entrepreneur, inventor, and founder and CEO of Theranos, is named one of TIME's "100 Most Influential People" of 2015

Entrepreneur and CEO of Theranos Elizabeth Holmes
Entrepreneur and CEO of Theranos
Elizabeth Holmes

Electoral defeatImportant Vote

2017 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wins referendum on 18-article constitutional reform package

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
  • 2020 New study claims a multi-decade megadrought is already under way in the western US, published in journal "Science"
  • 2020 Nationwide State of Emergency declared in Japan till 6 May due to worsening Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak
  • 2020 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment in 4 weeks (5.2 million in the last week), wiping out 9 1/2 years of job gains

Birthdays in History

  • 2008 Princess Eléonore of Belgium, Belgian princess, born in Anderlecht, Belgium

Weddings in History


Divorces in History


Deaths in History