Monday, April 16, 2012

16th of April

Today is the 106th day of the year, with only 259 days remaining until the new year.

1178 BC - The calculated date of the Greek King Odysseus' return home from the Trojan War.

1818 AD - The United States Senate, ratifies the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada.

1863 - Ships led by Union Admiral David Dixon Porter move through heavy Confederate artillery fire on approach to Vicksburg, Mississippi.

1881 - In Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle.

1917 - Vladimir Lenin returns to Petrograd from exile in Switzerland.

1941 - Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians throws the only Opening Day no-hitter in the history of Major League Baseball, beating the Chicago White Sox, 1 to 0.

1945 - The Red Army begins its final assault on German forces around Berlin, with nearly one million troops fighting in the Battle of the Seelow Heights.

1945 - The U.S. Army liberates Nazi Sonderlager, high security prisoner-of-war camp Oflag IV-c, better known as Colditz.

1945 - More than 7,000 people died when the Nazi refugee ship Goya, is sunk by a Soviet submarine torpedo.

1947 - Bernard Baruch coins the terms "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.

1962 - Walter Cronkite takes over as the lead news anchor of the CBS Evening News, during which time he would become "the most trusted man in America.

1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated for protesting against segregation.

1990 - The "Doctor of Death", Jack Kevorkian, participates in his first assisted suicide.

1992 - The Katina P. runs aground off Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.

2007 - Known as the Virginia Tech massacre, the deadliest spree killing in modern American history, Seung-Hui Cho, kills 32 and injures 23 before committing suicide.

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