Saturday, April 15, 2017

April 16

  • April 16, 1457 BC
    Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose III defeats a large rebellious coalition of Canaanite vassal states led by the king of Kadesh at the Battle of Megiddo
  • April 16, 1071
    The Norman Robert Guiscard takes Bari, ending five centuries of Byzantine rule in southern Italy
  • April 16, 1705
    Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College
  • April 16, 1746
    The Battle of Culloden becomes a crushing defeat for Jacobites and ends an attempt of Charles Edward Stuart, known as The Young Pretender, to regain the British throne during Second Jacobite Rebellion
  • April 16, 1760
    In England Laurence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers, is hanged as a felon in the Tower of London for the murder of his steward
  • April 16, 1853
    The first steam locomotive in Asia begin running from Bombay to Tanna, India, pulling 14 cars and 400 people
  • April 16, 1856
    Paris Declaration Respecting Maritime Law, ratified by 55 states, including the United Kingdom, Austria, France, Prussia, Russia, Sardinia, and the Ottoman Empire, abolishes privateering
  • April 16, 1859
    Alexis de Tocqueville, a French political thinker and historian, dies in Cannes
  • April 16, 1866
    Dmitry Karakozov, a Russian revolutionary, makes the first attempt to assassinate Alexander II of Russia
  • April 16, 1867
    Constitution of North German Confederation, written by Otto von Bismarck for a federation of 22 independent states of northern Germany, is accepted by Norddeutscher Reichstag
  • April 16, 1945
    Battle of Berlin, the final major offensive of the European Theatre of World War II, is begun by the Soviet Union
  • April 16, 1948
    Organization for European Economic Cooperation (OECD) forms in Paris, France, to help administer the Marshall Plan and stimulate economic progress
  • April 16, 1964
    Nine men sentenced 25-30 years for Britain's 1963 "Great Train Robbery"
  • April 16, 1977
    At the West Coast Computer Faire in SanFrancisco, California, Commodore International demonstrates the PET 2001 computer, and Apple Computer introduces the Apple II, marking start of era of mass-produced personal computers
  • April 16, 1991
    The Skoda company, an automobile manufacturer based in Czech Republic, is acquired by Volkswagen
  • April 16, 2003
    The Treaty of Accession is signed in Athens, Greece, allowing ten new members into the European Union
  • April 16, 2006
    Prince Albert II of Monaco reaches the North Pole, becoming the first reigning monarch ever to do so
  • April 16, 2009
    Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the Russian Federal Security Service, announces that they "cancelled the decree imposing an anti-terror operation on the territory of, effective from midnight", which ends the Second Chechen War

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