Tuesday, April 16, 2013


1862 - Slavery abolished in District of Columbia.
1867 - Wilbur Wright, of aeronautical fame (Wright Brothers) is born.

1870 - Vaudeville Theatre Strand opens in London.
1881 - In Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle.
1889 - Charlie Chaplin, (Tramp), comedian (City Lights) is born.

1900 - US Post Office issues 1st books of postage stamps.
1920 - Barry Nelson, Oakland, actor (Airport, My Favorite Husband, Twilight Zone) is born.
1921 - Peter Ustinov, London, actor (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd) is born.
1922 - Annie Oakley sets women's record by breaking 100 clay targets in a row.

1924 - Geoffrey Johnson Smith, actor (Norman Loves Rose, Drinking Games) is born.
1924 - Henry Mancini, Cleveland, composer/conductor (Pink Panther, Days of Wine and Roses) is born.

1925 - Edie Adams, Kingston Pa, Mrs Ernie Kovacs (Murial Cigar), actress, is born.
1927 - Pope Benedict XVI [Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger], Marktl, Bavaria, Germany, is born.
1929 - NY Yankees become 1st team to wear uniform numbers.
1935 - 1st radio broadcast of "Fibber McGee & Molly."
1935 - Babe Ruth's 1st NL game, for Boston Braves, included a HR.
1935 - Bobby Vinton, Pitts Pa, singer (Roses are Red, Blue on Blue) is born.


1939 - Dusty Springfield, [Mary O'Brien], London, vocalist (Look of Love, Son of a Preacher Man) is born.

1940 - 1st televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs exhibition).
1940 - Paul Cox, actor (Exile, Golden Braid, Touch Me) is born.
1943 - Dave Peverett, London, English rocker (Foghat, Savoy Brown) is born.
1945 - Red Army begins Battle of Berlin.
1945 - US troops enter Nuremberg, Germany, during WW II.

1945 - US troops land on He Shima Okinawa.
1947 - Gerry Rafferty, Paisley Scotland, guitarist/vocalist (Baker Street) is born.
1947 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, [Lew Alcindor], NBA center (Mil Bucks, LA Lakers) is born.
1949 - Melody Patterson, American actress, is born.
1950 - David Graff, Lancaster Ohio, actor (Police Academy 2, 3, 4, 6) is born.
1954 - Ellen Barkin, Bronx NY, actress (Big Easy, Sea of Love) is born.
1956- 1st solar powered radios go on sale.

1956 - ABC premiers the TV show "Rhythm on Parade."
1961 - 15th Tony Awards: Becket & Bye Bye Birdie win.
1962 - Brazil nationalizes US businesses.
1962 - Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News.

1963 - Jimmy Osmond, Ogden Utah, singer (Donnie & Marie) is born.
1964 - Geraldine Mock of US is 1st woman to fly solo round the world.
1964 – “Moments with Mr. Lincoln" exhibit passes testing at WED headquarters in California. It is now ready to be flown to New York for the World's Fair.

1965 - Martin Lawrence, comedian (Martin) is born.
1965 - Jon Cryer, actor (Pretty in Pink, Superman IV) is born.

1965 - The Hollies open their first tour of the U.S. at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater in New York.
1971 - Selena, [Quintanilla], tejano vocalist (Grammy-1994) is born.

1971 - The Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar” in the UK. It is the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records.
1972 - Apollo 16 launched; 5th manned lunar landing (Decartes Highlands).
1972 - China sends 2 giant pandas to US.
1972 - The Electric Light Orchestra plays their first live show in England.
1973 - Paul McCartney stars in his first TV special, "James Paul McCartney."

1974 – The band, Queen, holds its first U.S. concert at Regis College in Denver, CO.
1980 - Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis.
1987 - Michael Jordon, becomes 2nd NBA to score 3000 points in a season.
1990 - "Piano Lesson" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 320 performances.
2002 - Sony Music Entertainment files a suit against the Dixie Chicks for breach of contract.
2002 - Robert Urich, American actor (Vegas) (b. 1946) dies.

2004 - The super liner Queen Mary 2 embarks on her first Trans-Atlantic crossing, linking the golden. age of ocean travel to the modern age of ocean travel.
2008 - Start of Papal Journey of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States.