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1789George Washington heads for 1st presidential inauguration

1953British royal yacht Britannia launched by Queen Elizabeth II

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

1854Franz Liszt's "Mazeppa" premieres

199556th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Ray Floyd wins

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

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

1917[OS Apr 4] Lenin issues his radical April Theses calling for Soviets to take power during Russian Revolution

1874Dr David Livingstone's body arrives in Southampton

1977Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia

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

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

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

1521Martin Luther arrives at the Diet of Worms assembly

2008Start of Papal Journey of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States

1962Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News

1989Pat Bradley wins LPGA AI Star/Centinela Hospital Golf Classic

1705Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College, Cambridge

1980Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis

200741st CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney wins

April 16th Historical Events
Date Event
1178
A solar eclipse may have marked the return of Odysseus, legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom after the Trojan War. 
BC
AD
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 
1521
Martin Luther arrives at the Diet of Worms assembly 
1582
Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina. 
1632
Albrecht von Wallenstein appointed supreme commander 
1705
Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College, Cambridge 
1746
Battle of Culloden, the last battle on British soil: Royalist troops under the Duke of Cumberland defeat the Jacobite army. 
1777
Battle of Bennington-New England's Green Mountain Boys rout British 
1780
The University of Münster in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany is founded. 
1787
1st American comedy, "The Contrast," made its debut in NYC 
1789
George Washington heads for 1st presidential inauguration 
1799
Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Mount Tabor - Napoleon drives Ottoman Turks across the River Jordan near Acre. 
1818
Senate ratifies Rush-Bagot amendment (unarmed US-Canada border) 
1849
Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera Le prophète, premieres in Paris 
1853
The first passenger rail opens in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane. 
1854
Franz Liszt's "Mazeppa" premieres 
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. 
1861
US president Lincoln outlaws business with confederate states (US Civil War) 
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 
1874
Dr David Livingstone's body arrives in Southampton 
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 cross English Channel 
1912
Pirates turn a rare 5-3-7 doubleplay (left fielder covers 2nd base) 
1913
The Bulgarians and the Turks agree to an armistice that will be accepted by the other nations involved 
1917
[OS Apr 3] Lenin arrives back from exile in Russia at Finland Station, Petrograd to join the Russian Revolution 
1917
[OS Apr 4] Lenin issues his radical April Theses calling for Soviets to take power during Russian Revolution 
1921
Liberal Freedom League forms in The Hague 
1922
Annie Oakley sets women's record by breaking 100 clay targets in a row 
1922
German-Russia treaty signed in Italy, Soviet Union recognized 
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
Cleve Indian Earl Averill, becomes 1st AL to hit a HR on 1st at bat 
1929
NY Yankees become 1st team to wear uniform numbers 
1935
1st radio broadcast of "Fibber McGee & Molly" 
1935
Babe Ruth's 1st NL game, for Boston Braves, included a HR 
1938
Great Britain recognizes Italian annexation of Abyssinia 
1939
Stalin requests British, French & Russian anti-nazi pact 
1939
Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1 
1940
1st televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs exhibition) 
1940
Cleve Indian Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter vs Chic, 1-0 
1940
Heitor Villa-Lobos' opera "Izaht" premieres in Rio de Janeiro 
1941
Little Theater at Adelphi Strand closes 
1942
Japanese occupying army on Java installs film censorship 
1943
40 NZ bombers attack Haarlem Neth (85 killed) 
1943
Dr. Albert Hofmann discovers the psychedelic effects of LSD. 
1945
German troops in Groningen surrender 
1945
Red Army begins Battle of Berlin 
1945
US troops enter Nuremberg, Germany, during WW II 
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 Neth, 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 
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 
1958
French government of Gaillard falls due to Tunisia crisis 
1959
"Party with Comden & Green" opens at John Golden NYC for 44 perfs 
1959
Datu Abdul Rozak inaugurated as premier of Malaysia federation 
1959
NY Yankees unveil their 1st message scoreboard 
1959
Phils' Dave Philley gets a major league record 9th straight pinch hit 
1961
15th Tony Awards: Becket & 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 
1962
Brazil nationalizes US businesses 
1962
Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News 
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
"Walking Happy" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 161 perfs 
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
"That's Entertainment" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 4 perfs 
1972
1st Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jane Blalock 
1972
Two giant pandas arrive in US from China 
1972
Apollo 16 launched; 5th manned lunar landing (Decartes Highlands) 
1972
Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0 
1972
Two British soldiers are shot dead by the Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) in separate incidents in Derry 
1974
"Words & Music" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 127 performances 
1974
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1975
Cambodian Red Khmer occupy Phnom Penh 
1977
Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia 
1978
"History of the American Film" closes at ANTA NYC after 21 performances 
1978
Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic 
1978
St Louis Card Bob Forsch no-hits Phillies, 5-0 
1979
15th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks & 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, Belgium 
1979
Pulitzer prize awarded to Sam Shepard for "Buried child" 
1980
Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis 
1980
Delhi beat Bombay by 240 runs to win Ranji Trophy final 
1980
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1981
"Copperfield" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 13 performances 
1982
Queen Elizabeth proclaims Canada's new constitution 
1983
Steve Garvey sets NL record by playing in 1,118 consecutive games 
1984
13th Boston Women's Marathon won by Lorraine Moller of NZ in 2:29:28 
1984
88th Boston Marathon won by Geoff Smith of Great Britain in 2:10:34 
1984
Oakland A Dave Kingman hits 3 HRs including a grand slam 
1984
Pulitzer prize awarded to Mary Oliver for "American Primitive" 
1985
"Grind" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 79 performances 
1985
Caps 1-Isles 2-Patrick Div Semifinals-Isle win series 3-2 
1986
To dispel rumors he's dead, Moammar Gadhafi appears on TV 
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
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" 
1987
British Conservative MP Harvey Proctor appears at Bow Street Magistrates' Court in London charged with gross indecency. 
1989
1st Seniors Golf Tradition: Don Bies wins 
1989
Berendrechtsluis opens in Antwerp, biggest flood lock in world 
1989
Costa Rica beats US 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) 
1990
"Piano Lesson" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC 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 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 
1991
M Leander & 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 
1992
"Metro" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 13 performances 
1992
1st concrete is poured at new ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field) 
1992
Afghan president Najibullah resigns 
1992
NY Rangers win team record 50th game 
1992
The Katina P runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique. 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean. 
1993
Jury reaches guilty verdict in Federal case against police officer who beat Rodney King, but the verdict is not read until April 17th 
1994
Circus performers Marissa Young (24) & Matt Richardson (21) wed 
1995
56th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Ray Floyd wins 
1997
Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Minneapolis/St Paul on WRQC 100.3 FM 
2003
The 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. 
2007
41st CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney wins 
2008
Start of Papal Journey of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States 
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 
2016
Cirque du Soleil cancels North Carolina shows over transgender law 
2017
Sri Lanka Garbage Dump Collapse Kills at Least 19 
2017
Former Mexican governor, on the run for six months, captured in Guatemala 
2017
Four injured in shooting at Alabama church carnival 
2017
North Korean missile test fails, US and South Korea say 
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