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April 16th, 2008 (April 16 2008)EventStart of Papal Journey of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States
April 16th, 2007 (April 16 2007)EventVirginia Tech massacre: The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, shoots 32 people to death and injures 23 others before committing suicide.
April 16th, 2004 (April 16 2004)EventThe super liner Queen Mary 2 embarks on her first Trans-Atlantic crossing, linking the golden age of ocean travel to the modern age of ocean travel.
April 16th, 2003 (April 16 2003)EventThe Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens admitting 10 new member states to the European Union.
April 16th, 1992 (April 16 1992)EventThe Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique. 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.
April 16th, 1990 (April 16 1990)EventThe "Doctor of Death", Jack Kevorkian, goes through with his first assisted suicide.Jack Kevorkian Quotes
April 16th, 1988 (April 16 1988)EventIn Forli, Italy, Red Brigades kill Italian Senator Roberto Ruffilli, an advisor to Prime Minister Ciriaco de Mita.
April 16th, 1987 (April 16 1987)EventBritish Conservative MP Harvey Proctor appears at Bow Street Magistrates Court in London charged with gross indecency.
April 16th, 1973 (April 16 1973)EventMasada, a Jewish fortress, falls to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt.
April 16th, 1972 (April 16 1972)EventApollo program: The launch of Apollo 16 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
April 16th, 1972 (April 16 1972)EventVietnam War: Nguyen Hue Offensive - prompted by the North Vietnamese offensive, the United States resumes the bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong.
April 16th, 1964 (April 16 1964)EventGreat Train Robbery12 men are sentenced to a total of 307 years.
April 16th, 1963 (April 16 1963)EventDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation.Martin Luther Quotes
April 16th, 1955 (April 16 1955)EventThe Burma-Japanese peace treaty signed in Rangoon on November 5, 1954 comes into force, formally ending the state of war.
April 16th, 1953 (April 16 1953)EventQueen Elizabeth II launches the Royal Yacht Britannia.
April 16th, 1947 (April 16 1947)EventTexas City Disaster: An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600.
April 16th, 1947 (April 16 1947)EventBernard Baruch coins the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.Bernard Baruch Quotes
April 16th, 1946 (April 16 1946)EventSyria gains independence.
April 16th, 1945 (April 16 1945)EventThe Red Army begins the final assault on German forces around Berlin.
April 16th, 1945 (April 16 1945)EventThe United States Army liberates Nazi Sonderlager (high security) Prisoner of War camp Oflag IV-C (better known as Colditz Castle).
April 16th, 1945 (April 16 1945)EventMore than 7,000 die when the German refugee ship Goya is sunk by a Soviet submarine torpedo.
April 16th, 1943 (April 16 1943)EventDr. Albert Hofmann discovers the psychedelic effects of LSD.
April 16th, 1941 (April 16 1941)EventWorld War II: The Italian convoy Duisburg, directed to Tunisia, is attacked and destroyed by British ships.
April 16th, 1941 (April 16 1941)EventBob Feller of the Cleveland Indians throws the only Opening Day no-hitter in the history of Major League Baseball, beating the Chicago White Sox 1-0.
April 16th, 1925 (April 16 1925)EventDuring the Communist St Nedelya Church assault in Sofia, 150 are killed and 500 are wounded.
April 16th, 1922 (April 16 1922)EventThe Treaty of Rapallo, in which Germany and the Soviet Union re-establish diplomatic relations between Berlin and Moscow, is signed.
April 16th, 1919 (April 16 1919)EventMohandas Gandhi organizes a day of "prayer and fasting" in response to the British slaughter of Indian protesters in the Amritsar Massacre.
April 16th, 1917 (April 16 1917)EventVladimir Lenin returns to Petrograd from exile in Finland.Vladimir Lenin Quotes
April 16th, 1912 (April 16 1912)EventHarriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel.
April 16th, 1881 (April 16 1881)EventIn Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle.
April 16th, 1863 (April 16 1863)EventAmerican Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg - ships led by Union Admiral David Dixon Porter move through heavy Confederate artillery fire on approach to Vicksburg, Mississippi.
April 16th, 1862 (April 16 1862)EventAmerican Civil War: The Battle at Lee s Mills in Virginia.
April 16th, 1862 (April 16 1862)EventAmerican Civil War: A bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia becomes law.
April 16th, 1858 (April 16 1858)EventThe Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is wound up.
April 16th, 1853 (April 16 1853)EventThe first passenger rail opens in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane.
April 16th, 1799 (April 16 1799)EventNapoleonic Wars: The Battle of Mount Tabor - Napoleon drives Ottoman Turks across the River Jordan near Acre.
April 16th, 1780 (April 16 1780)EventThe University of Munster in Munster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany is founded.
April 16th, 1746 (April 16 1746)EventThe Battle of Culloden takes place.
April 16th, 1582 (April 16 1582)EventSpanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina.
April 16th, 1521 (April 16 1521)EventMartin Luther s first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the other estates of the empire.Martin Luther Quotes
April 16th, 1395 (April 16 1395)EventAzzo X d Este is defeated at the Battle of Portomaggiore by Venetian-Ferrarese troops.
April 16th, 1346 (April 16 1346)EventThe Serbian Empire is proclaimed in Skopje by Dusan Silni, occupying much of the Balkans.
April 16th, 1178 (April 16 1178)EventA solar eclipse may have marked the return of Odysseus, legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom after the Trojan War.
April 16th, 1071 (April 16 1071)EventBari falls to Robert Guiscard, ending Byzantine rule in Italy.

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