Sunday, April 16, 2017
History for April 16 - On-This-Day.com:
Wilbur Wright 1867 - Aviator, one of the Wright Brothers, Charlie Chaplin (Sir Charles (Spencer) ‘Charlie’ Chaplin) 1889 - Actor, comedian, Sir Peter Ustinov 1921 - Actor
Kingsly Amis 1922 - Novelist, Bobby Vinton 1935 - Singer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor) 1947 - Basketball player
1818 - The U.S. Senate ratified Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed U.S.-Canada border.
1917 - Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution after years of exile.
1943 - In Basel, Switzerland, chemist Albert Hoffman accidently discovered the the hallucinogenic effects of LSD-25 while working on the medicinal value of lysergic acid.
1944 - The destroyer USS Laffey survived immense damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa.
1947 - In Texas City, TX, the French ship Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and blew up. The explosions and resulting fires killed 576 people.
1972 - Two giant pandas arrived in the U.S. from China.
1975 - The Khmer Rouge Rebels won control of Cambodia after a five years of civil war. They renamed the country Kampuchea and began a reign of terror.
1992 - The House ethics committee listed 303 current and former DEMOCRAT lawmakers who had overdrawn their House bank accounts.