This Day in History- April 16

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April 16

History is endlessly fascinating to everyone! We all stop and listen when our grandmas and grandpas tell their youthful tales and past stories so let’s try to carry that tradition forward and find out the fascinating tales of this day in history – April 16!

What Happened in India on April 16?

Bori Bundle railway opened

1853: Bori Bunder railway opened

The Bori Bunder Railway line was opened for operation on April 16th, 1853. The first passenger train travelled from Bori Bundle station to Thane. The station was rebuilt as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja Terminus in 1888.

1958: 5th National Film Awards

The National Film Awards was organised by the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to honour Indian films and the President of India awarded the best feature film was given to Do Aankhen Barah Haath on 16th April 1958. 

1966: Nandalal Bose Death Anniversary

The Bengali artist and painter from the Bengal School of Art died on April 16th, 1966. He was the pioneer of Modern Art in India.

1980: Ranji Trophy Final

On 16th April 1980, Delhi defeated Bombay by 240 runs and won the prestigious Ranji Trophy final for cricket in India.

2001: India- Bangladesh Clashes

The 2001 India and Bangladesh clashes began on this day in history, the conflict was a result of border disputes between the two countries and it began on April 16th, 2001.

What Happened Around the World on April 16?

Credits – Bisbo

1705: Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton 

On April 16th, 1705, the Queen of England knighted Isaac Newton, the famous scientist at Trinity College, Cambridge as a recognition of his scientific contributions and work throughout his life.

1746: The Battle of Culloden 

The Battle of Culldone was fought between the Jacobites and the British Hanoverian. It was the final confrontation between the two forces during the Jacobite rising of 1745.

1780 The University of Münster founded 

The public university of Munter was founded in 1970 on 16th April in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is the fifth-largest university in Germany offering a plethora of courses and programmes.

1818: Rush- Bagot Treaty

The Rush-Bagot treaty to limit the naval armaments was agreed upon by United States and Great Britain and later the Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot amendment (unarmed US-Canada border) on April 16th, 1818.

1854: San Salvador destroyed by an earthquake

San Salvador is the capital of El Salvador and the city has a history of earthquakes. The 1854 earthquake on April 16th ravaged the city and left thousands distraught.

1862 Slavery ended in District of Columbia

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln ratified a law that led to the abolishment of slavery in the district of Columbia. The historic law was ratified on April 16 and ended the system of slavery. 

1921: Liberal State Party was founded 

The Liberal State Party was also known as the Liberal Freedom League, was formed in Hague, Netherlands, is an important dutch political party.

1922: Annie Oakley shot 100 clay

Annie Oakley, the American shooter at the age of 62 shot 100 clays and broke the women’s record of shooting maximum targets in one row on this glorious day in history. 

1922 Treaty of Rapallo was signed

The treaty of Rapallo was signed on April 16, 1922 between the German Republic and the Soviet Union in Italy. The two renounced all financial claims incurred during the first World War and set forth to normalise diplomatic relations. 

1945: Battle of Berlin

 The Battle of Berlin began on this historic day in history. It was the biggest offensive launched by the Soviet Union in European History. The Red Army began a series of attacks on the capital of Nazi Germany.

1972 Apollo 16 launched

On April 16, Apollo 16 mission to the moon was launched in the United States. It was the second mission to land in the lunar highlands.

1980 Arthur Ashe retires

Arthur Ashe, the famous tennis player, retired from professional tennis on April 16th, 1980. The sportsman was also an activist who educated thousands of people about diseases like AIDS and HIV.  

2003: Treaty of Accession signed

The treaty of Accession was signed on April 16, 2003 in Athens, Greece between the members of the European Union and the 10 Eastern European countries admitting them into EU.

2007 Virginia Tech massacre

Virginia Tech shooting was one of the deadliest shooting in US. The gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, killed 32 people in the state of Virginia before committing suicide on April 16, 2007.

2017: Erdoğan won the referendum 

The nationwide constitutional referendum for including the 18-article into the Turkish constitution was held on the 16th April 2017 and the Turkish President Erdogan won the referendum.

2018: Lamar won Pulitzer Prize

Kendrick Lamar became the first rapper and musician to have won the Pulitzer Prize for his album “Damn” on April 16th, 2018.

2020: State of Emergency in Japan

A state of emergency was declared in the country of Japan due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus on April 16, 2020. The emergency was declared till 6th May 2020 to contain the pandemic. 

2020: 22 million Americans filed for unemployment 

The pandemic 2020 led to a major economic loss as 22 million people filed for unemployment on 16th April 2020. 

Famous Birthdays

  • Charlie Chaplin

In 1886, Charlie Chaplin, the world-renowned comic and actor of the silent films was born on April 16th. He is famous for his comedic timings and on-screen persona.

  • Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the retired American basketball player and TV personality was born on this day in history in 1947. 

  • Akon

The American singer, rapper, actor, songwriter and businessman was born on April 16, 1973 in United States.

  • Lara Dutta

The famous Indian actress, model, entrepreneur, Miss Universe 2000 was born on this day in history- April 16 in 1978 in Ghaziabad, UP, India.

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