Events in History on April 16

Battle of InterestBattle of Megiddo

1457 BC Battle of Megiddo: Egyptian forces of Thutmose III defeat a large Canaanite coalition under King of Kadesh. First battle recorded with a reliable account.
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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

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1521 Martin Luther arrives at the Diet of Worms assembly

Founder of Protestanism Martin Luther
Founder of Protestanism
Martin Luther
  • 1582 Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta in 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

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • 1746 Jacobite Rising 1745: Battle of Culloden, the last battle on British soil: Royalist troops under the Duke of Cumberland defeat the Jacobite army.
  • 1780 The University of Münster in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany is founded

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1789 George Washington heads for 1st presidential inauguration

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1797 Spithead Mutiny begins: British Royal Navy sailors protest over living and working conditions and pay near Portsmouth

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1799 Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Mount Tabor - Napoleon drives Ottoman Turks across the River Jordan near Acre.

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1818 Senate ratifies Rush-Bagot amendment (unarmed US-Canada border)
  • 1853 1st train in Asia (Bombay to Tanna, 36 km)
  • 1853 The first passenger rail opens in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane
  • 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

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1861 US President Abraham Lincoln outlaws business with confederate states (US Civil War)

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 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
  • 1871 Reich Constitution is received in Germany

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1874 Dr David Livingstone's body arrives in Southampton

Physician and Explorer David Livingstone
Physician and Explorer
David Livingstone
  • 1881 In Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle
  • 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

  • 1913 The Bulgarians and the Turks agree to an armistice that will be accepted by the other nations involved

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1917 [OS Apr 3] Lenin arrives back from exile in Russia at Finland Station, Petrograd to join the Russian Revolution

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 1917 Vladimir Lenin issues his radical "April Theses" calling for Soviets to take power during the Russian Revolution [OS Apr 4]
  • 1918 The British House of Commons passes a new Military Service Bill, taking men up to 55 years old and extending to Ireland
  • 1921 Liberal Freedom League forms in The Hague

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1922 Annie Oakley sets women's record by breaking 100 clay targets in a row

Sharp Shooter Annie Oakley
Sharp Shooter
Annie Oakley
  • 1922 German-Russian treaty signed in Italy, Soviet Union recognized
  • 1922 Rapallo Agreement, between Germany and Russia, is signed
  • 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 Cleveland Indian Earl Averill, becomes 1st AL to hit a HR on 1st at bat
  • 1935 1st radio broadcast of "Fibber McGee & Molly"
  • 1938 Great Britain recognizes Italian annexation of Abyssinia

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1939 Stalin requests British, French & Russian anti-nazi pact

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • 1940 Cleveland Indian Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter vs Chic, 1-0
  • 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 Swiss scientist Dr. Albert Hofmann discovers the psychedelic effects of LSD
  • 1945 German troops in Groningen surrender
  • 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
  • 1951 British submarine Affray sank in English Channel, killing 75

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1953 British royal yacht Britannia launched by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1956 1st solar powered radios go on sale
  • 1957 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • 1958 French government of Gaillard falls due to Tunisia crisis
  • 1959 Datu Abdul Rozak inaugurated as premier of Malaysia federation
  • 1961 15th Tony Awards: Becket & Bye Bye Birdie win
  • 1962 Brazil nationalizes US businesses
  • 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 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 Two giant pandas arrive in US from China
  • 1972 Apollo 16 launched; 5th manned lunar landing (Decartes Highlands)
  • 1972 Two British soldiers are shot dead by the Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) in separate incidents in Derry
  • 1974 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1975 Cambodian Red Khmer occupy Phnom Penh

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1977 Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia

Writer Alex Haley
Alex Haley
  • 1979 15th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks & Mets tie 1-1
  • 1979 Failed Palestinian attack on Zaventem Airport, Belgium
  • 1979 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sam Shepard for "Buried child"
  • 1980 Delhi beat Bombay by 240 runs to win Ranji Trophy final
  • 1980 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1982 Queen Elizabeth proclaims Canada's new constitution
  • 1983 Steve Garvey sets NL record by playing in 1,118 consecutive games
  • 1984 Pulitzer prize awarded to Mary Oliver for "American Primitive"

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1986 To dispel rumors he's dead, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi appears on TV

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • 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 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.

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1993 Jury reaches guilty verdict in Federal case against police officer who beat Rodney King, but the verdict is not read until April 17th

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • 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.

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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.

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