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Births for April 16


  • 1635 Frans van Mieris the Elder, painter
  • 1652 Clement XII, (Lorenzo Corsini), Italy, Pope (1730-40)
  • 1660 Hans Sloane, England, physician/naturalist; founded British Museum
  • 1682 John Hadley, mathematician/inventor (1st reflecting telescope)
  • 1728 Joseph Zwart, Scottish chemist/physicist
  • 1800 William Chambers, author/publisher (Basis of Communication & Coding)
  • 1808 Caleb Blood Smith, Secy Int (Union), died in 1864
  • 1816 Edward "Old Allegheny" Johnson, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1821 Ford Maddox Brown, painter
  • 1823 Orlando Bolivar Wilcox, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1907
  • 1844 Anatole France, writer (Tha‹s, Wickerwork Woman, Nobel 1921)
  • 1850 Herbert Baxter Adams, US, historian (American Historical Assn)
  • 1851 Ernst Josephson, Sweden, artist
  • 1867 Jos‚ de Diego, Puerto Rico, patriot/PR Secretary of Justice
  • 1867 Wilbur Wright, of aeronautical fame
  • 1871 John Millington Synge, Ireland, dramatist/poet (Riders to the Sea)
  • 1881 Edward Frederick Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax/ambassador to US (1940-46)
  • 1885 Leo Weiner, Hungary, composer (Fasching)
  • 1886 Ernst Th„lmann, German communist presidential candidate
  • 1889 Charlie Chaplin, (tramp), comedian (City Lights)/retired PC salesman
  • 1897 Jap Vranken, organist/composer (Stabat Mater)
  • 1897 John B Glubb, British commandant/writer (A soldier with the Arabs)
  • 1898 Marian Jordan, Peoria Ill, radio comedienne (Fibber McGee & Molly)
  • 1900 Polly Adler, Russia, bordello proprieter/author (House is not a Home)
  • 1901 Leo Poos, Hedges policeman (English reception committee)
  • 1904 Clifford Case, (Sen-R-NJ)
  • 1904 Lily Pons, Draguignan France, soprano diva (Hitting a New High)
  • 1906 Bep (Elisa H) Bakhuis, soccer star/writer
  • 1906 Marion Lloyd Vince, Bkln NY, fencer (National champ 1928, 31)
  • 1906 Pigmeat Markham, Durham NC, comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In)
  • 1911 William Stearn, botanist
  • 1913 Constance Shacklock, opera singer
  • 1913 Les Tremayne, London, actor (Angry Red Planet, War of the Worlds)
  • 1913 Lord Aberconway, CEO (John Brown & Co)
  • 1915 Dany (Dani‰l S) Tuijnman, head of Dutch traffic & water
  • 1918 Spike Milligan, India, actor/comedian (Digby, 3 Musketeers)
  • 1919 Merce Cunningham, choreographer (Acrobat in Every Soul is a Circus)
  • 1920 Barry Nelson, Oakland, actor (Airport, My Favorite Husband)
  • 1920 John William Farr, Detroit, bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1920 Kees Scherer, photographer (World Press Photo)
  • 1921 Peter Ustinov, actor (Death on the Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd)
  • 1922 Christopher Samuel Youd, UK, sci-fi author (Tripods Trilogy)
  • 1922 Kingsley Amis, London, novelist (Lucky Jim, James Bond Dossier)
  • 1922 Leo Tindermans, British statesman
  • 1924 Geoffrey Johnson Smith
  • 1924 Henry Mancini, composer/conductor (Pink Panther)
  • 1924 John Harvey-Jones, CEO (ICI)
  • 1925 Edie Adams, Kingston Pa, Mrs Ernie Kovacs (Murial Cigar), actress
  • 1926 Barbara Tizzard, British educator
  • 1927 Joseph Ratzinger, German theologist/dogmaticus
  • 1927 Peter Mark Richman, Phila Pa, actor (Andrew-Dynasty)
  • 1928 Dick "Night Train" Lane, NFL defensive back (Rams, Cards, Lions)
  • 1929 Roy Hamilton, singer (You'll Never Walk Alone)
  • 1930 Frank Page, British broadcaster
  • 1930 Herbie Mann, Brooklyn NY, jazz flute/sax (Just Wallin')
  • 1930 John Robson, British ambassador (Norway)
  • 1931 Piet de Visser, economist/Dutch 2nd chamber member (PvdA)
  • 1932 Imre Polyak, Hungary, featherweight (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1932 Vince Hill, singer
  • 1933 Joan Bakewell, British broadcaster
  • 1933 Perry Botkin Jr, NYC, orch leader (Bert Convy Show)
  • 1934 Brian Peppiatt, joint CEO (SG Warburg Securities)
  • 1934 Geoffrey Owen, British editor (Financial Times)
  • 1934 Richard Kenshaw, British broadcaster
  • 1935 Bobby Vinton, Pitts Pa, singer (Roses are Red, Blue on Blue)
  • 1936 James Rand, British judge (Advocate General)
  • 1938 Michael Hirst, chief constable (Leicestershire England)
  • 1939 Donald MacCormick, British broadcaster
  • 1939 Dusty Springfield, London England, rock vocalist (Growing Pains)
  • 1939 Margaretha the Farmer, director of queen in Drenthe
  • 1940 Lord Camoys, deputy CEO (Barclays de Zoete Wedd)
  • 1940 Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark (1972- )
  • 1941 Cliff Stearns, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1943 Ruth Madoc, actress
  • 1945 Goran Antunac, Yugoslavia, International Chess Master (1975)
  • 1945 Stefan Grossman, NYC, country blues singer (Yazoo Basin Boogie)
  • 1947 Gerry Rafferty, guitarist/vocalist (Baker Street)
  • 1947 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, (Lew Alcindor) NBA center (Mil Bucks, LA Lakers)
  • 1952 Peter Westbrook, St Louis Mo, US fencer (Olympic-bronze-88, 92)
  • 1955 Ellen Barkin, Bronx NY, actress (Big Easy, Sea of Love, Switch)
  • 1955 Henri, Heir Apparent Prince of Luxembourg
  • 1958 Philip Bainbridge, British cricketeer
  • 1962 Ian MacKaye, rocker
  • 1963 Jimmy Osmond, Ogden Utah, singer (Donnie & Marie)
  • 1963 Nick Berry, Britain, actor (Wicksy-EastEnders)
  • 1965 Caren Kemner, Quincy IL, Olymp volleyball player (Goodwill-bronze-86)
  • 1965 Jon Cryer, actor (Pretty in Pink, Superman IV)
  • 1970 Fran Robinson, Calif, actress (Lauren-Charlie & Company)
  • 1970 Gabriella Sabatini, tennis player
  • 1980 Jesse Tendler, Madison Wisc, actor (Nick-Ellen Burstyn Show)
  • 1987 Milton J Cross, NYC, TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions of the Air)


Passings for April 16


  • 1446 Filippo Brunelleschi, architect, dies
  • 1529 Louis de Berquin, French humanist/reformer/heretic, burned at stake
  • 1619 Denijs Calvaert/Caluwaert, (Dionisio Fiamingo), Flemish painter, dies
  • 1687 George Villiers 2nd duke of Buckingham, dies at 59
  • 1756 Jacques Cassini, French astronomer (Discovered rings of Saturn), dies
  • 1760 Laurence, 4th Earl Ferrers, executed for murder of his steward
  • 1825 John Henry Fuseli, painter/art writer (Tracks in the Snow), dies
  • 1850 Marie (Gresholtz) Tussaud, maker of wax figures, dies
  • 1860 Carolina, duchess of Berry/daughter of crown prince of Naples, dies
  • 1870 Anatoli O Demidov, Russian ruler of Donato/traveller, dies
  • 1879 St Bernadette, (saw Virgin Mary at Lourdes), dies in Nevers France
  • 1914 George W Hill, US astronomer (phases of moon), dies
  • 1938 Bertram Wagstaff Mills, circus proprietor, dies
  • 1941 Josiah Charles Stamp, 1st baron/statisician, dies
  • 1948 Babe Ruth, baseball legend, dies
  • 1949 Sutan Ibrahim gelor Datuk Tan Malaka, Indonesian communist, executed
  • 1951 Emile Erens, Hagiographer (Pastor of Ars), dies at 85
  • 1968 Edna Ferber, author (American Beauty), dies at 78
  • 1968 Fay Bainter, actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair), dies at 76
  • 1970 P‚ter Veres, Hungarian minister of defense, dies
  • 1978 Lucius D Clay, gen/gov US zone W-Germany (airlift), dies at 80
  • 1985 Scott Brady, (Gerald Tierney), actor (Shotgun Slade), dies at 60
  • 1989 Tawfieq Yusuf Awwaad, Lebanese writer, dies
  • 1991 David Lean, director (28 academy awards), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1992 Andy Russell, drummer/vocalist (Your Hit Parade), dies at 72 of strok
  • 1992 Neville Brand, actor (Stalag 17), dies at 71 from emphysema
  • 1993 John PW Meefout, sculptor (Laying wife), dies at 77


Special events for April 16


  • 556 Pelagius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1346 King Stefanus IX of Serbia proclaims himself czar of Greece
  • 1521 Martin Luther arrives at Diet of Worms
  • 1705 Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College
  • 1746 Charles Edward Stuart, the young pretender, defeated at Culloden
  • 1777 Battle of Bennington-New England's Green Mountain Boys rout Brits
  • 1789 George Washington heads for 1st presidential inauguration
  • 1818 Senate ratifies Rush-Bagot ammendment (unarmed US-Canada border)
  • 1849 M DeGasparis discovers 10th asteroid, Hygeia (or 0412)
  • 1849 Opera "Il Profeta" is produced (Paris)
  • 1854 San Salvador destroyed by earthquake
  • 1854 Steamer "Long Beach" sinks off Long Beach NY, 311 die
  • 1862 Pres Davis approves conscription act for white males between 18-35
  • 1862 Slavery abolished in District of Columbia
  • 1865 Battle of Columbus & West Point, GA (Ft Tyler)
  • 1866 Karakozov attempts to assassinate Tsar Alexander II of Russia
  • 1866 Nitroglycerine at Wells Fargo & Co office explodes
  • 1868 Louisiana voters approve new constitution
  • 1869 Ebenezer Bassett, 1st US Negro diplomat, begins service in Haiti
  • 1870 Vaudeville Theatre Strand opens in London
  • 1871 German Empire ends all anti-Jewish civil restrictions
  • 1906 M Wolf discovers asteroid #597 Bandusia
  • 1908 Natural Bridges National Monument established
  • 1912 Harriet Quimby becomes 1st woman pilot to cross English Channel
  • 1912 Pirates turn a rare 5-3-7 doubleplay (left fielder covers 2nd base)
  • 1917 Lenin returns to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution
  • 1921 Liberal State party established at Liberty Hall, the Hague
  • 1921 Liberal State party of Freeheidsbond forms in Hague
  • 1922 Annie Oakley shot 100 clay targets in a row, a women's record
  • 1922 German-Russia treaty signed in Italy, Soviet Union recognized
  • 1924 1st radio-transmission of wireless: Matth„us Passion
  • 1924 Child labor laws stregthened in Holland
  • 1929 Cleve Indian Earl Averill, becomes 1st AL to hit a HR on 1st at bat
  • 1929 NY Yankees become 1st team to use numbers on uniforms
  • 1935 1st radio broadcast of "Fibber McGee & Molly"
  • 1935 Babe Ruth's 1st NL game, for Boston Braves, included a HR
  • 1938 Great-Britain recognizes Italian annexation of Abyssinia
  • 1939 Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs 4 games to 1 for Stanley Cup
  • 1940 1st televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs exhibition)
  • 1940 Cleve Indian Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter vs Chic, 1-0
  • 1941 Little Theatre at Adelphi Strand closes
  • 1942 King George VI awards George Cross to Island of Malta
  • 1945 Red Army begins Battle of Berlin
  • 1945 US troops enter Nuremberg, Germany, during WW II
  • 1945 US troops land on He Shima Okinawa
  • 1946 1st US launch of captured V-2 rocket, White Sands, NM; 8 km alt
  • 1947 -17/4) Explosions & fire on French ship Grandcamp
  • 1947 Lens to provide zoom effects demonstrated (NYC)
  • 1947 Massive explosion & fire kills 522 in Texas City, Tx
  • 1948 Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC), forms
  • 1949 Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings for Stanley Cup
  • 1953 Montreal Canadiens win Stanley Cup
  • 1953 Phillie's Connie Ryan gets 6 hits in a game
  • 1953 WAND TV channel 17 in Decatur, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 Detroit Red Wings beat Mont Canadiens 4 games to 3 for Stanley Cup
  • 1954 KVAL TV channel 13 in Eugene, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins 4 games to 1 for Stanley Cup
  • 1958 Arnold Palmer wins his 1st Masters golf tournament
  • 1958 French cabinet-Gaillard falls due to Tunisia crisis
  • 1959 Datu Abdul Rozak inaugrated as premier of Malaysia federation
  • 1959 NY Yankees unveil their 1st message scoreboard
  • 1959 Phils' Dave Philley gets a major league record 9th straight pinch hit
  • 1961 Chic Black Hawks beat Det Red Wings 4 games to 2 for Stanley Cup
  • 1962 Brazil nationalizes US businesses
  • 1962 Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News
  • 1964 Geraldine Mock of US is 1st woman to fly solo round the world
  • 1965 Test flight of heavy Saturn S-1C-rocket
  • 1966 Rhodesian PM Ian Smith breaks diplomatic relations with Britain
  • 1967 Yankees beat Boston 7-6 in 18 innings
  • 1970 70 die in a snow crush (France)
  • 1972 2 giants pandas arrive in US, from China
  • 1972 Apollo 16 launched; 5th manned lunar landing (Decartes Highlands)
  • 1972 Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0
  • 1974 200,000 attend rock concert Calif Jam I in Ontario Calif
  • 1977 Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia
  • 1978 St Louis Card Bob Forsch no-hits Phillies, 5-0
  • 1979 15th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks & Mets tie 1-1
  • 1979 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sam Shepard for "Buried child"
  • 1980 Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis
  • 1980 L Brozek discovers asteroid #2696 Magion
  • 1981 Columbia space shuttle returns (04/24)
  • 1983 Steve Garvey sets NL record by playing in 1,118 consecutive games
  • 1984 Oakland A Dave Kingman hits 3 HRs including a grand slam
  • 1984 Pulitzer prize awarded to Mary Oliver for "American primitive"
  • 1985 Caps 1-Isles 2-Patrick Div Semifinals-Isle win series 3-2
  • 1986 To dispell rumors he's dead, Moammar Gadhafi appears on TV
  • 1987 August Wilson's "Fences" wins 1987 Pulitzer Prize for drama
  • 1987 FCC imposes a broader definition of indecency over airwaves
  • 1987 Michael Jordon, becomes 2nd NBA to score 3000 points in a season
  • 1987 Peter Taylor's "Summons to Memphis" wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction
  • 1987 Pulitzer prize awarded to August Wilson for "Fences"
  • 1989 Berendrechtsluis opens in Antwerp, biggest flood lock in world
  • 1989 Costa Rica beats US 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1990 Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $260 per week
  • 1992 "Metro" opens at Minskoff theater on Broadway
  • 1992 NY Rangers win team record 50th game


Songs for date April 16


  • 04/16/48 --- Toolie Oolie Doolie (Andrews Sisters)
  • 04/16/48 --- Nature Boy (Cole, Nat King)
  • 04/16/66 --- Leaning On The Lamp Post (Herman's Hermits)
  • 04/16/66 --- Monday, Monday (Mamas & The Papas)
  • 04/16/66 --- Gloria (Shadows Of The Night)
  • 04/16/77 --- Lonely Boy (Gold, Andrew)
  • 04/16/77 --- Sir Duke (Wonder, Stevie)
  • 04/16/83 --- Flashdance...What A Feeling (Cara, Irene)
  • 04/16/83 --- Straight From The Heart (Adams, Bryan)
  • 04/16/83 --- My Love (Richie, Lionel)
  • 04/16/88 --- One More Try (Michael, George)
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