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South Korean ferry sinks killing over 300 people

SOUTH KOREAN FERRY SINKS KILLING OVER 300 PEOPLE Over 300 people, mostly students, die when a South Korean ferry, the Sewol, sinks while en route from Incheon to the resort island of Jeju; 172... [ read more ]
16th of April 2014

Virginia Tech massacre leaves 32 dead

VIRGINIA TECH MASSACRE LEAVES 32 DEAD At least 32 people are killed when Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old South Korean undergraduate student in his senior year, goes on a shooting rampage... [ read more ]
16th of April 2007

New York Rangers win team record 50th game

NEW YORK RANGERS WIN TEAM RECORD 50TH GAME Brian Leetch #2 of the New York Rangers skates on the ice during an NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Madison Square Garden in New... [ read more ]
16th of April 1992

Muammar Gaddafi appears on TV To dispel rumors of his death

MUAMMAR GADDAFI APPEARS ON TV TO DISPEL RUMORS OF HIS DEATH Dispelling rumors he was dead, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi appears on television to condemn the US raid on his country. [ read more ]
16th of April 1986

Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis

ARTHUR ASHE RETIRES FROM PROFESSIONAL TENNIS Former World No. 1 professional tennis player of the U.S., who won three Grand Slam titles, retires. [ read more ]
16th of April 1980

Apollo 16 lifts off for the moon

APOLLO 16 LIFTS OFF FOR THE MOON From Cape Canaveral, Florida, Apollo 16, the fifth of six U.S. lunar landing missions, is successfully launched on its 238,000-mile journey to the... [ read more ]
16th of April 1972

Fertilizer explosion kills more than 500 in Texas

FERTILIZER EXPLOSION KILLS MORE THAN 500 IN TEXAS A giant explosion occurs during the loading of fertilizer onto the freighter Grandcamp at a pier in Texas City, Texas. [ read more ]
16th of April 1947

Bernard Baruch coins the term Cold War

BERNARD BARUCH COINS THE TERM COLD WAR Multimillionaire and financier Bernard Baruch, in a speech given during the unveiling of his portrait in the South Carolina House of... [ read more ]
16th of April 1947

WWII Battle of Berlin begins

WWII BATTLE OF BERLIN BEGINS The Red army begins its final offensive on German troops around Berlin in the Battle of the Seelow Heights. [ read more ]
16th of April 1945

Hallucinogenic effects of LSD is discovered

HALLUCINOGENIC EFFECTS OF LSD IS DISCOVERED Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hoffman consumes LSD-25 as a part of his research and is disturbed by unusual sensations and hallucinations. [ read more ]
16th of April 1943

MLB Opening day no-hitter

MLB OPENING DAY NO-HITTER Major League Baseball's first and, to date, only, opening day no-hitter takes place as Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians pitches a no-no... [ read more ]
16th of April 1940

Vladimir Lenin returns from exile after a decade

VLADIMIR LENIN RETURNS FROM EXILE AFTER A DECADE Vladimir Lenin, leader of the revolutionary Bolshevik Party, returns to Petrograd after a decade of exile to take the reins of the Russian Revolution. [ read more ]
16th of April 1917


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