On This Day..... April 16

APRIL 16TH

  • TODAY IS PATRIOTS DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL WEAR YOUR PAJAMAS TO WORK DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL EGGS BENEDICT DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL ORCHID DAY
  • TODAY IS THE FEAST DAY OF ST. BERNADETTE

BIRTHDAYS:

  • WILBUR WRIGHT (1867-1912)
  • CHARLIE CHAPLIN (1889-1977)
  • POPE BENEDICT XVI (1927, 91)
  • DUSTY SPRINGFIELD (1939-1999)
  • KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR (1947, 71)
  • BILL BELICHICK (1952, 66)
  • ELLEN BARKIN (1954, 64)
  • JON CRYER (1965, 53)
  • MARTIN LAWRENCE (1965, 53)
  • SELENA (1971-1995)
  • LUKAS HAAS (1976, 42)
  • CHANCE THE RAPPER (1993, 25)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1705, QUEEN ANNE KNIGHTS SIR ISAAC NEWTON IN CAMBRIDGE
  • IN 1789, GEORGE WASHINGTON HEADS TO NEW YORK FOR HIS FIRST INAUGURATION
  • IN 1797, SAILORS IN THE BRITISH ROYAL NAVY MUTINY OVER WORKING CONDITIONS
  • IN 1816, LORD AND LADY BYRON SIGN A DEED OF SEPARATION TO END THEIR ONE YEAR MARRIAGE AT HER REQUEST
  • IN 1861, PRESIDENT LINCOLN OUTLAWS DOING BUSINESS WITH THE CONFEDERACY
  • IN 1862, THE CONFEDERACY CONSCRIPTS ALL WHITE MALES AGES 18-35 INTO THE CONFEDERATE ARMY
  • IN 1862, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA LIBERATES 3,185 SLAVES UNDER THE COMPENSATED EMANCIPATION ACT
  • IN 1850, MADAME MARIE TUSSAUD DIES AT 88
  • IN 1866, TSAR ALEXANDER II OF RUSSIA SURVIVES AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT
  • IN 1900, THE US POST OFFICE BEGINS SELLING BOOKS OF POSTAGE STAMPS
  • IN 1917, VLADIMIR LENIN RETURNS FROM EXILE TO JOIN THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION AND ISSUES HIS “APRIL THESES” WHICH CALL FOR SOVIETS TO TAKE POWER
  • IN 1922, ANNIE OAKLEY SETS A RECORD BY SHOOTING 100 CLAY TARGETS IN A ROW
  • IN 1929, THE NEW YORK YANKEES ARE THE FIRST TEAM TO ADD NUMBERS TO THEIR UNIFORMS
  • IN 1932, LAUREL AND HARDY RELEASE “THE MUSIC BOX”
  • IN 1935, BABE RUTH PLAYS HIS FIRST GAME FOR THE BOSTON BRAVES
  • IN 1939, THE BOSTON BRUINS DEFEAT TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS FOR THE STANLEY CUP
  • IN 1943, SWISS CHEMIST ALBERT HOFFMAN ACCIDENTALLY TOUCHES HIS DISCOVERY, LYSERGIC ACID DIETHYLAMEDE, CAUSING HIM TO EXPERIENCE “AN UNINTERRUPTED STREAM OF FANTASTIC PICTURES” NOW KNOWN AS THE FIRST LSD TRIP
  • IN 1945, RUSSIAN SOLDIERS BEGIN THE BATTLE OF BERLIN AND AMERICAN TROOPS ENTER NUREMBURG IN WORLD WAR II. THE COLDITZ CASTLE PRISONER OF WAR CAMP IS ALSO LIBERATED
  • IN 1953, THE BRUINS LOSE THE STANLEY CUP TO THE MONTREAL CANADIENS
  • IN 1955, THE UNITED STATES BEGINS MASS POLIO VACCINATIONS
  • IN 1956, BUDDY HOLLY RELEASES HIS FIRST SINGLE “BLUE DAYS, BLACK NIGHTS”
  • IN 1957, THE BRUINS LOSE THE STANLEY CUP TO THE MONTREAL CANADIENS
  • IN 1962, WALTER KRONKITE TAKES OVER AS THE ANCHOR OF THE CBS EVENING NEWS
  • IN 1970, LED ZEPPELIN GOES GOLD WITH “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE”
  • IN 1972, CHINA SENDS GIANTS PANDAS LING-LING AND HSING-HSING TO THE UNITED STATES FOLLOWING RICHARD NIXON’S VISIT
  • IN 1977, “STARSKY & HUTCH” STAR DAVID SOLE WENT TO #1 ON THE US SINGLES CHART WITH HIS ONLY HIT “DON’T GIVE UP ON US”
  • IN 1980, ARTHUR ASHE RETIRES FROM TENNIS
  • IN 1986, LIBYAN LEADER MUAMMAR GADDAFI GOES ON TELEVISION TO PROVE HE IS NOT DEAD
  • IN 1987, AUGUST WILSON WINS A PULITZER PRIZE FOR “FENCES”
  • IN 1987, THE FCC EXPANDS ITS DEFINITION OF INDECENCY AND WARNS INFINITY BROADCASTING AND HOWARD STERN TO REIGN IN HIS PROGRAM
  • IN 1994, HARRY CONNICK JR MARRIES JILL GOODACRE IN NEW ORLEANS
  • IN 1994, MINNIE PEARL IS THE FIRST WOMAN INDUCTED TO THE COMEDY HALL OF FAME
  • IN 1994, PRINCE WENT TO #1 WITH “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD”
  • IN 1995, MARLON BRANDO’S DAUGHTER CHEYENNE COMMITS SUICIDE
  • IN 1996, OPRAH DOES A SEGMENT ON MAD COW DISEASE WHICH LEADS TO HER BEING SUED BY TEXAS CATTLEMEN FOR DISPARAGING BEEF
  • IN 2003, THE EUROPEAN UNION SIGNS THE TREATY OF ACCESSION WHICH ALLOWS TEN NEW MEMBERS TO JOIN: CZECH REPUBLIC, ESTONIA, CYPRUS, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, HUNGARY, MALTA, POLAND, SLOVENIA AND SLOVAKIA
  • IN 2004, THE QUEEN MARY 2 SUPER CRUISE LINER SETS SAIL FOR ITS FIRST TRIP
  • IN 2007, SEUNG-HUI CHO KILLS 32 PEOPLE AND INJURES 23 MORE IN THE VIRGINIA TECH MASSACRE BEFORE KILLING HIMSELF
  • IN 2007, SAM RAIMI’S “SPIDER MAN 3” OPENS, THE LAST ONE TO STAR TOBEY MAGUIRE
  • IN 2008, POPE BENEDICT XVI BEGINS HIS VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES
  • IN 2014, 304 STUDENTS DROWN WHEN A SOUTH KOREAN FERRY SINKS IN JEJU

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