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On This Day: April 16th

This is 106th day of the year and 259 days remain in the year.

in history
1912
Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.
1917
Lenin returned to Russia after 10 years in exile in Switzerland.
1947
Most of Texas City, Tex., destroyed when French ship Grandcamp exploded.
1947
Financier Bernard Baruch coined the term “cold war” in a speech in South Carolina.
1972
China sent President Nixon two giant pandas as a gift.
1999
Hockey great Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement.
2007
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.
April 16 BirthdaysCharlie Chaplin(Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin), 1889–1977, English film actor, director, producer, writer, and composer, born in London.
John Millington Syngedramatist
Merce Cunninghamchoreographer
Kareem Abdul-Jabbarbasketball player
Selena Quintanilla Perezsinger
Wilbur Wrightairplane inventor



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