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    What happened on April 16 in History





    On this day

    DateWhat happened
    April 16, 69Defeated by Vitellius’ troops at Bedriacum, Otho commits suicide.
    April 16, 556Pelagius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
    April 16, 1065The Norman Robert Guiscard takes Bari, ending five centuries of Byzantine rule in southern Italy.
    April 16, 1705Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton.
    April 16, 1746Prince Charles is defeated at the battle of Culloden, the last pitched battle fought in Britain.
    April 16, 1818The U.S. Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed U.S.-Canada border.
    April 16, 1854San Salvador is destroyed by an earthquake.
    April 16, 1862Confederate President Jefferson Davis approves a conscription act for white males between 18 and 35.
    April 16, 1862Slavery is abolished in the District of Columbia.
    April 16, 1917Vladimir Lenin returns to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution.
    April 16, 1922Annie Oakley shoots 100 clay targets in a row, setting a woman’s record.
    April 16, 1942The Island of Malta is awarded the George Cross in recognition for heroism under constant German air attack. It was the first such award given to any part of the British Commonwealth.
    April 16, 1945The destroyer USS Laffey survives horrific damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa, earning the nickname "The Ship That Would Not Die."
    April 16, 1945American troops enter Nuremberg, Germany.
    April 16, 1947A lens which provides zoom effects is demonstrated in New York City.
    April 16, 1968The Pentagon announces the "Vietnamization" of the war.
    April 16, 1972Two giants pandas arrive in the U.S. from China.

    Born on April 16

    April 16, 1660Hans Sloane, physician, naturalist, founder of the British Museum.
    April 16, 1728Joseph Black, Scottish chemist and physicist.
    April 16, 1786Sir John Franklin, arctic explorer.
    April 16, 1800George Charles Bingham, British soldier, commanded the Light Brigade during the famous charge.
    April 16, 1844Anatole France, French writer.
    April 16, 1850Thomas Sidney Gilchrist, British metallurgist and inventor.
    April 16, 1864Flora Batson, African-American soprano-baritone singer.
    April 16, 1867Wilbur Wright, designer, builder and flyer of the first airplane.
    April 16, 1871John Millington Synge, dramatist and poet (Playboy of the Western World).
    April 16, 1889Charlie Chaplin, film actor and director.
    April 16, 1919Merce Cuningham, American dancer and choreographer.
    April 16, 1922Kingsley Amis, British author (Lucky Jim).
    April 16, 1924Henry Mancini, composer and conductor ("Moon River").
    April 16, 1947Lew Alcinder (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), professional basketball player.