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April 16 Birthdays

Charlie Chaplin
(Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin), 1889–1977, English film actor, director, producer, writer, and composer, born in London.

Wilbur Wright
airplane inventor (1867)

John Millington Synge
dramatist (1871)

Merce Cunningham
choreographer (1919)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
basketball player (1947)

Selena Quintanilla Perez
singer (1971)

April 16 in History


The Jacobite uprising in England ends when Charles “Bonnie Prince Charlie” Stuart is defeated by the Duke of Cumberland.


Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.


Lenin returned to Russia after 10 years in exile in Switzerland.


Financier Bernard Baruch coined the term “cold war” in a speech in South Carolina.


Most of Texas City, Tex., destroyed when French ship Grandcamp exploded.


China sent President Nixon two giant pandas as a gift.


Hockey great Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement.


A male student, Cho Seung-Hui, killed two in a Virginia Tech dorm, then killed 30 more 2 hours later in a classroom building. His suicide brought the death toll to 33, making the shooting rampage the most deadly in U.S. history. Fifteen others were wounded.

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