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Today's Highlights in History April 16th

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Friday, April 16th
The 106th day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On April 16, 1947, America's worst harbor explosion occurred in Texas City, Texas, when the French ship Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and blew up, devastating the town. Another ship, the Highflyer, exploded the following day. The explosions and resulting fires killed more than 500 people and left 200 others missing. (Go to article.)

On April 16, 1889, Sir Charlie Chaplin, the British-born actor and director who became internationally famous for his role in American silent movies, was born. Following his death on Dec. 25, 1977, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   On April 16, 1887, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about heavyweight prizefighting champion John L. Sullivan. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1789    President-elect George Washington left Mount Vernon, Va., for his inauguration in New York.

1862    A bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia became law.

1912    Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.

1917    Revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia after years of exile.

1947    Financier and presidential confidant Bernard M. Baruch said in a speech at the South Carolina statehouse, "Let us not be deceived. We are today in the midst of a cold war."

1962    Walter Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of "The CBS Evening News."

1964    "The Rolling Stones (England's Newest Hitmakers)," the band's debut album, was released.

1972    Apollo 16 blasted off on a voyage to the moon.

1992    The House ethics committee listed 303 current and former lawmakers who had overdrawn their House bank accounts.

1996    Britain's Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced they were getting a divorce.

2003    Michael Jordan played his last NBA game as his Washington Wizards ended their season with a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

2007    A student killed 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., before taking his own life in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.

2009    President Barack Obama issued a statement saying CIA officials who'd used harsh interrogation tactics during the Bush administration would not be prosecuted.

Current Birthdays

Pope Benedict XVI turns 83 years old today.

AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito Pope Benedict XVI turns 83 years old today.

75    Bobby Vinton

70    Queen Margrethe II
Queen of Denmark

63    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Basketball Hall of Famer

63    Gerry Rafferty
Rock singer

58    Bill Belichick
Football coach

57    Peter Garrett
Rock singer (Midnight Oil), Australia's environment minister

47    Jimmy Osmond

45    Jon Cryer
Actor ("Two and a Half Men")

45    Martin Lawrence
Actor, comedian

38    Peter Billingsley
Actor ("A Christmas Story")

Historic Birthdays

Sir Charlie Chaplin

4/16/1889 - 12/25/1977
English-born American motion- picture actor and director
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70    Henry Mancini
4/16/1924 - 6/14/1994
American composer

73    Sir Kingsley Amis
4/16/1922 - 10/22/1995
English novelist, poet and critic

67    Nikolay P. Akimov
4/16/1901 - 9/6/1968
Russian scenic designer and producer

38    John M. Synge
4/16/1871 - 3/24/1909
Irish poetic dramatist

45    Wilbur Wright
4/16/1867 - 5/30/1912
American inventor and aviation pioneer

80    Anatole France
4/16/1844 - 10/12/1924
French writer; won the Nobel Prize for Literature (1921)

72    Ford Madox Brown
4/16/1821 - 10/6/1893
English painter

61    Sir John Franklin
4/16/1786 - 6/11/1847
English rear admiral and explorer

87    Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun
4/16/1755 - 3/30/1842
French painter

93    Sir Hans Sloane
4/16/1660 - 1/11/1753
English physician and naturalist

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