April 16 Events in History - April 16 Birthdays - April 16 Deaths



2014 174 people have been rescued from a South Korean ferry that capsized off the coast; the ferry was carrying 476 people, mainly students; rescue efforts are ongoing
2014 AT&T adds an unnamed automaker to its list of car manufacturers using the company's wireless service for mobile connectivity on the road; current customers include Volvo, Tesla and General Motors
2013 No casualties are reported after a U.S. military Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter crashes near the South Korean border with North Korea
2013 The defense ministry of China accuses the United States of increasing tensions in the Asia-Pacific region by increasing its military presence and supporting Vietnam, Japan and the Philippines in long-term territorial disputes with the country
2012 Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, President of Argentina, introduces a bill to nationalize 51% of YPF, the Argentine oil company, to Congress
2012 Following political reforms in Myanmar, Australia relaxes sanctions on the country, including by-elections earlier this month where opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi's party won more than a dozen seats
2011 In Egypt, the court orders the former ruling National Democratic Part of Hosni Mubarak be dissolved
2011 Nigeria holds a presidential election
2010 Planes across the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia are grounded as a result of the volcanic ash coming from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano
1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Minneapolis/St. Paul on WRQC 100.3 FM
1995 56th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Ray Floyd wins
1994 Circus performers Marissa Young (24) and Matt Richardson (21) wed
1994 Singer Harry Connick, Jr. (26) weds model Jill Goodare (30)
1993 Jury reaches guilty verdict in Federal case against cop who beat Rodney King, but the verdict is not read until April 17th
1992 "Metro" opens at Minskoff Theater New York City for 13 performances
1992 1st concrete is poured at new ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field)
1992 Afghanistan president Najibullah resigns
1992 New York Rangers win team record 50th game
1991 M Leander and 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
1990 "Piano Lesson" opens at Walter Kerr Theater New York City for 320 performances
1990 19th Boston Women's Marathon won by Rosa Mota of Portugal in 2:25:23
1990 94th Boston Marathon won by Gelindo Bordin of Italy in 2:08:19
1990 Maximum New York 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
1989 1st Seniors Golf Tradition: Don Bies wins
1989 Berendrechtsluis opens in Antwerp, biggest flood lock in world
1989 Costa Rica beats U.S. 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
1989 Pat Bradley wins LPGA AI Star/Centinela Hospital Golf Classic
1989 Zeleka Metaferia wins 3rd World Cup marathon (2:10:28)
1987 August Wilson's "Fences" wins 1987 Pulitzer Prize for drama
1987 FCC imposes a broader definition of indecency over airwaves
1987 Howard Stern and 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"
1986 To dispel rumors he's dead, Moammar Gadhafi appears on TV
1986 West Indies complete 5-0 demolition of England
1985 "Grind" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 79 performances
1985 Caps 1-Isles 2-Patrick Div Semifinals-Isle win series 3-2
1984 13th Boston Women's Marathon won by Lorraine Moller of New Zealand in 2:29:28
1984 88th Boston Marathon won by Geoff Smith of Great Britain in 2:10:34
1984 Oakland A's Dave Kingman hits 3 home runs including a grand slam
1984 Pulitzer prize awarded to Mary Oliver for "American Primitive"
1983 Steve Garvey sets NL record by playing in 1,118 consecutive games
1982 Queen Elizabeth proclaims Canada's new constitution
1981 "Copperfield" opens at ANTA Theater New York City for 13 performances
1981 Columbia space shuttle returns
1980 Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis
1980 Delhi beat Bombay by 240 runs to win Ranji Trophy final
1980 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1979 15th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yankees and Mets tie 1-1
1979 83rd Boston Marathon won by Bill Rodgers of Mass in 2:09:27
1979 8th Boston Women's Marathon won by Joan Benoit Samuelson in 2:35:15
1979 Failed Palestinian attack on Zaventem Airport in Belgium
1979 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sam Shepard for "Buried child"
1978 "History of the American Film" closes at ANTA New York City after 21 performances
1978 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
1978 St. Louis Card Bob Forsch no-hits Phillies, 5-0
1977 Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia
1975 Cambodian Red Khmer occupy Phnom Penh
1974 "Words and Music" opens at John Golden Theater New York City for 127 performances
1974 200,000 attend rock concert California Jam I in Ontario California
1974 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1972 "That's Entertainment" closes at Edison Theater New York City after 4 performances
1972 1st Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jane Blalock
1972 2 giants pandas arrive in U.S., from China
1972 Apollo 16 launched; 5th manned lunar landing (Decartes Highlands)
1972 Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0
1970 70 die in a snow crush (France)
1967 "Walking Happy" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City after 161 performances
1967 Yankees beat Boston 7-6 in 18 innings
1966 Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith breaks diplomatic relations with Britain
1965 Test flight of heavy Saturn S-1C-rocket
1964 9 men sentenced 25-30 years for Britain's 1963 "Great Train Robbery"
1964 Geraldine Mock of U.S. is 1st woman to fly solo round the world
1962 Brazil nationalizes U.S. businesses
1962 Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News
1961 15th Tony Awards: Becket and 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
1959 "Party with Comden and Green" opens at John Golden New York City for 44 performances
1959 Datu Abdul Rozak inaugurated as premier of Malaysia federation
1959 New York Yankees unveil their 1st message scoreboard
1959 Phils' Dave Philley gets a major league record 9th straight pinch hit
1958 22nd Golf Masters Championship: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 284
1958 French government of Gaillard falls due to Tunisia crisis
1957 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
1957 U.S.S.R. performs atmospheric nuclear test
1956 1st solar powered radios go on sale
1954 KVAL TV channel 13 in Eugene, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
1954 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3
1953 British royal yacht Britannia taken out of service
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
1952 "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 15 performances
1951 British submarine Affray sank in English Channel, killing 75
1949 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
1948 Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris
1947 Explosions and fire on French ship Grandcamp
1947 Lens to provide zoom effects demonstrated in New York City
1947 Massive explosion and fire kills 522 in Texas City, Texas
1946 1st U.S. 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
1945 German troops in Groningen surrender
1945 Red Army begins Battle of Berlin
1945 U.S. troops enter Nuremberg, Germany, during WW II
1945 U.S. troops land on He Shima Okinawa
1943 40 German bombers attack Haarlem, Netherlands, 85 killed
1942 Japanese occupying army on Java installs film censorship
1942 King George VI awards George Cross to Island of Malta
1941 Little Theater at Adelphi Strand closes
1940 1st televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs exhibition)
1940 Cleveland Indian Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter vs Chic, 1-0
1940 Heitor Villa-Lobos' opera "Izaht," premieres in Rio de Janeiro
1939 Stalin requests British, French and Russian anti-nazi pact
1939 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
1938 Great Britain recognizes Italian annexation of Abyssinia
1935 1st radio broadcast of "Fibber McGee and Molly"
1935 Babe Ruth's 1st NL game, for Boston Braves, included a home run
1929 Cleveland Indian Earl Averill, becomes 1st AL to hit a home run on 1st at bat
1929 New York Yankees become 1st team to wear uniform numbers
1926 Book of the Month Club sends out its 1st selections "Lolly Willowes" and "Loving Huntsman" by Sylvia Townsend Warner
1924 1st radio-transmission of wireless: Matthaus Passion
1924 Child labor laws strengthened in Holland
1922 Annie Oakley sets record by breaking 100 clay targets in a row
1922 German-Russia treaty signed in Italy, Soviet Union recognized
1921 Liberal Freedom League forms in The Hague
1917 Lenin returns to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution
1912 Harriet Quimby becomes 1st woman pilot to cross English Channel
1912 Pirates turn a rare 5-3-7 doubleplay (left fielder covers 2nd base)
1908 Natural Bridges National Monument forms near Lake Powell, Utah
1900 U.S. Post Office issues 1st books of postage stamps
1888 Drentse and Friese peat cutters go on strike
1883 Paul Kruger chosen president of Transvaal
1874 Dr. David Livingstones corpse arrives in Southampton
1871 German Empire ends all anti-Jewish civil restrictions
1870 Vaudeville Theatre Strand opens in London
1868 Louisiana voters approve new constitution
1866 Karakozov attempts to assassinate Tsar Alexander II of Russia
1866 Nitroglycerine at Wells Fargo and Co office explodes
1865 Battle of Columbus and West Point, Georgia (Ft. Tyler)
1862 Slavery abolished in District of Columbia
1862 U.S. Confederate Congress calls up all white males (18-35 years)
1861 U.S. president Lincoln outlaws business with confederate states
1854 Franz Liszt's "Mazeppa," premieres
1854 San Salvador destroyed by earthquake
1854 Steamer "Long Beach" sinks off Long Beach NY, 311 die
1849 Opera "Il Profeta," premieres in Paris
1818 Senate ratifies Rush-Bagot amendment (unarmed US-Canada border)
1789 George Washington heads for 1st presidential inauguration
1787 1st American comedy, "The Contrast," made its debut in New York City
1777 Battle of Bennington-New England's Green Mountain Boys rout Brits
1724 1st Easter observed
1705 Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College
1632 Albrecht von Wallenstein appointed supreme commander
1521 Martin Luther arrives at Diet of Worms
1509 French army under Louis XII enters Alps
1346 King Stefanus IX of Serbia proclaims himself czar of Greece
556 Pelagius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope











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