April 16: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On April 16, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The 106th day of the Gregorian calendar is April 16th, the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the launch of Apollo 16, the United States’ tenth manned space mission.

The 16th of April falls under the sign of Aries. Bill Belichick, Martin Lawrence, Akon, Mirai Nagasu, Chance the Rapper, and Sadie Sink are all born on April 16th. Wear Pajamas to Work Day is celebrated on April 16th.


(April 16, 1908)
In southwestern Utah, the Natural Bridges National Monument was formed.


(April 16, 1911)
Harriet Quimby, an American aviator, became the first woman to fly over the English Channel on this day in 1912, flying her French Blériot monoplane from Dover, England, to Hardelot, France, amid heavy overcast.

(April 16, 1943)
Albert Hofmann, a Swiss chemist who had first synthesised LSD in 1938, discovered the drug's psychedelic effects.

(April 16, 1947)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, an American basketball player who won five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, and 1988), was born.

(April 16, 2003)
Michael Jordan, widely recognised as the greatest basketball player of all time, played his final game in the National Basketball Association at the age of 40.


(April 16, 2007)
On the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, 33 people were killed, including the shooter, in one of the country's bloodiest mass shootings.

(April 16, 2014)
The South Korean ferry Sewol collapsed and drowned on its way from Incheon to Cheju, killing 304 people, the majority of them were high school students.

(Died on April 16, 2021)
John Dawes, Welsh rugby union player (b. 1940).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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