April 16th in History - Memorable Events and Famous Deaths

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Real Estate Agent with Liz Harris Realty Liz HarrisMBA BR564399000

Was looking over on historyorb.com and saw some interesting facts involving today's date, April 16th. 

Historical Events

1724 - 1st Easter observed (OS=Apr 9)

1787 - 1st American comedy, "The Contrast," made its debut in NYC

1789 - George Washington heads for 1st presidential inauguration

1862 - Slavery abolished in District of Columbia

1935 - Babe Ruth's 1st NL game, for Boston Braves, included a HR

1945 - US troops enter Nuremberg, Germany, during WW II
1945 - US troops land on He Shima, Okinawa

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
1949 - Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
1951 - British submarine Affray sank in English Channel, killing 75
1952 - "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 15 performances

1953
 - British royal yacht Britannia launched by Queen Elizabeth II
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
1954 - KVAL TV channel 13 in Eugene, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
1954 - Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3
1956 - 1st solar powered radios go on sale
1957 - Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
1957 - USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test

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.

Famous Deaths

69 - Otho, Roman Emperor (b. 32)
744 - al-Walid II, Umayyad caliph
924 - Berengar of Friuli, King of Italy
1113 - Sviatopolk II of Kiev, Russian prince (b. 1050)
1118 - Adelaide del Vasto, wife of Roger II of Sicily
1198 - Duke Frederick I of Austria

1899 - Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary (b 1875)

1904 - Maximilian Kronberger, German poet (b. 1888)
1904 - Samuel Smiles, Scottish writer and reformer (b. 1812)
1914 - George W Hill, US astronomer (moon orbit), dies at 76
1915 - Nelson W. Aldrich, American politician (b. 1841)
1916 - Tom Horan, cricketer (15 Tests for Aust, 471 runs, 11 wickets), dies
1920 - John Conrad Nordqvist, composer, dies at 80
1924 - Jack Board, cricket wicket-keeper (Eng in 6 Tests 1898-1906), dies
1928 - Henry Birks, Canadian businessman, founder of Henri Birks and Sons (b. 1840)
1929 - Abraham van Stolk Jzn, art collector, dies at 57

1997 - Michael Stroka, actor (Aristede-Dark Shadows), dies of cancer at 57
1997 - Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)
1998 - Fred Davis, English snooker player (b. 1913)
1998 - Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician (b. 1920)
1999 - Skip Spence, Canadian-born guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1946)
2001 - Alec Stock, English football manager (b. 1917)
2002 - Ruth Fertel, American restaurateur (b. 1927)
2002 - Robert Urich, American actor (b. 1946)
2003 - Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor, dies of multiple myeloma at 72
2003 - Graham Stuart Thomas, English author and garden designer (b. 1909)
2005 - Kay Walsh, British actress (b. 1911)

 

 

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Liz:  Really enjoyed the history lesson!  Being a HUGE hockey fan, it was especially fun to see the references to the Stanley Cup winning teams ...

Thanks for sharing ..

Gene

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