Today in History

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 8:25 AM

There are two hundred fifty-nine days left in the year. Today'south Highlight in History:On April sixteen, one thousand seven hundred eighty-nine, President-elect George WA left Mount Vernon, Virginia, for his inauguration in New York.

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Saturday, April sixteen, the one hundred-seventh day of two thousand sixteen. There are two hundred fifty-nine days left in the year.

Today'south Highlight in History:

On April sixteen, one thousand seven hundred eighty-nine, President-elect George WA left Mount Vernon, Virginia, for his inauguration in New York.

On this date:

In one thousand eight hundred seventy-ninth, Bernadette Soubirous, who'd described seeing visions of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, died in Nevers (neh-VEHR'), France.

In one thousand nine hundred-twelfth, American aviator Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel, leaving Dover, England, and arriving close Calais, France, in fifty-ninth minutes.

In one thousand nine hundred thirty-fifth, the radio comedy program "Fibber McGee and Molly" premiered on NBC'south Blue Network.

In one thousand nine hundred-fortieth, Major League Baseball'south first (and, to date, only) opening day no-hitter took space as Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians pitched a no-no against the Chicago White Sox, 1-0, at Comiskey Park.

In one thousand nine hundred forty-fifth, during World War II, a Soviet submarine in the Baltic Sea torpedoed and sank the MV Goya, which Germany was using to transport civilian refugees and wounded soldiers; it'south estimated that up to 7.000 people died. In his first speech to Congress, President Harry S. Truman pledged to carry out the war and peace policies of his late predecessor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In one thousand nine hundred forty-seventh, the French ship Grandcamp blew up at the harbor in TX City, Texas; another ship, the High Flyer, exploded the following day (the blasts and fires killed nearly six hundred people). Financier Bernard M. Baruch said in a speech at the SC statehouse, "Let us not be deceived — we're today in the midst of a cold war."

In one thousand nine hundred sixty-third, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his "Letter from Birmingham Jail" in which he said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

In one thousand nine hundred seventy-second, Apollo sixteen blasted off on a voyage to the moon with astronauts John W. Young, Charles M. Duke Jr. and Ken Mattingly on board.

In one thousand nine hundred eighty-sixth, dispelling rumors he was dead, Libyan boss Moammar Gadhafi appeared on television to condemn the U. S. raid on his country and to declare that Libyans were "ready to die" defending their nation.

In one thousand nine hundred ninety-first, Sir David Lean, who'd directed "The Bridge on the River Kwai," "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago" died in London at age 83.

In one thousand nine hundred ninety-sixth, Britain'south Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced they were in the process of divorcing.

In two thousand-seventh, college learner Seung-Hui Cho (sung-wee joh) shot and killed thirty-two people on the campus of VA Tech before taking his own life.

Ten years ago: In his first Easter message as pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI urged nations to utilize diplomacy to defuse nuclear crises and prayed that Palestinians would one day have their own state alongside Israel.

Five years ago: A Taliban sleeper agent walked into a meeting of NATO trainers and Afghan troops at Forward Operating Base Gamberi in the eastern Afghan province of Laghman and detonated a vest of explosives hidden underneath his uniform; six American troops, four Afghan soldiers and an interpreter were killed. President Raul Castro drew a line in the Caribbean sand across which Cuba'south economic reforms should never go, telling a Communist party summit that he'd rejected dozens of suggested changes that'd have allowed the concentration of property in private hands.

One year ago: U. N. Security Council members were moved to tears as a Syrian doctor, Mohamed Tennari, an eyewitness to suspected chlorine attacks on civilians in Syria, gave a graphic eyewitness account of dying children during a closed-door briefing. The NFL reinstated MN Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, clearing the way for him to return after lost most of the previous season while facing baby abuse charges in TX for disciplining his son with a wooden switch.

Today'south Birthdays: Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is eighty-nine. Actor Peter Label Richman is eighty-nine. Singer Bobby Vinton is eighty-one. Denmark'south Queen Margrethe II is seventy-six. Basketball Corridor of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is sixty-nine. Former MA first lady Ann Romney is sixty-seven. NFL coach Bill Belichick is sixty-four. Rock singer and former politician Peter Garrett is sixty-three. Actress Ellen Barkin is sixty-two. Rock musician Jason Scheff (Chicago) is fifty-four. Singer Jimmy Osmond is fifty-three. Rock singer David Pirner (Soul Asylum) is fifty-two. Actor-comedian Martin Lawrence is fifty-one. Actor Jon Cryer is fifty-one. Rock musician Dan Rieser is fifty. Actor Peter Billingsley is forty-five. Actor Lukas Haas is forty. Actress-singer Kelli O'Hara is forty. Figure skater Mirai Nagasu is twenty-three. Actress Sadie Sink (TV: "American Odyssey") is 14.

Thought for Today: "We think too much and perceive too little." — Charles Chaplin, English actor-comedian-director (born this date in one thousand eight hundred eighty-ninth, died in one thousand nine hundred seventy-seventh).

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