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Old 04-16-2011, 06:00 AM   #1
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April 16th ....

Masada fell - 73

Culloden - 1746

Henry Mancini was born - 1924
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  • 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.



  • Apr 16, 1943 Hallucinogenic effects of LSD discovered
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In Basel, Switzerland, Albert Hoffman, a Swiss chemist working at the Sandoz pharmaceutical research laboratory, accidentally consumes LSD-25, a synthetic drug he had created in 1938 as part of his research into the medicinal value of lysergic acid compounds. After taking the drug, formally known as lysergic acid diethylamide, Dr. Hoffman was disturbed by unusual sensations and hallucinations. In his notes, he related the experience:

"Last Friday, April 16, 1943, I was forced to interrupt my work in the laboratory in the middle of the afternoon and proceed home, being affected by a remarkable restlessness, combined with a slight dizziness. At home I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant, intoxicated-like condition characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination. In a dreamlike state, with eyes closed (I found the daylight to be unpleasantly glaring), I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors. After some two hours this condition faded away."

After intentionally taking the drug again to confirm that it had caused this strange physical and mental state, Dr. Hoffman published a report announcing his discovery, and so LSD made its entry into the world as a hallucinogenic drug. Widespread use of the so-called "mind-expanding" drug did not begin until the 1960s, when counterculture figures such as Albert M. Hubbard, Timothy Leary, and Ken Kesey publicly expounded on the benefits of using LSD as a recreational drug. The manufacture, sale, possession, and use of LSD, known to cause negative reactions in some of those who take it, were made illegal in the United States in 1965.
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Not so important for the whole world, but very important for me: on April 16th 1886 my great-grandfather was born. He became 99 years old!
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1178 BC – The calculated date of the Greek king Odysseus' return home from the Trojan War.

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1178 BC, April 16—A solar eclipse occurs. This may have marked the return of Odysseus, legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom after the Trojan War. He discovers a number of suitors competing to marry his wife Penelope, whom they believe to be a widow, in order to succeed him on the throne. He organizes their slaying and re-establishes himself on the throne. The date is surmised from a passage in Homer's Odyssey, which reads, "The Sun has been obliterated from the sky, and an unlucky darkness invades the world." This happens in the context of a new moon and at noon, both necessary preconditions for a full solar eclipse.[1] In 2008, to investigate, Dr Marcelo O. Magnasco, an astronomer at Rockefeller University, and Constantino Baikouzis, of the Observatorio Astrónomico de La Plata in Argentina, looked for more clues. Within the text, they interpreted three definitive astronomical events: there was a new moon on the day of the slaughter (as required for a solar eclipse); Venus was visible and high in the sky six days before; and the constellations Pleiades and Boötes were both visible at sunset 29 days before. Since these events recur at different intervals, this particular sequence should be unique: the doctors found only one occurrence of this sequence while searching between 1250 and 1115 BC, the 135-year spread around the putative date for the fall of Troy. It coincided with the eclipse of April 16, 1178 BC.
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1969 - Sirhan Sirhan convicted....

1970 - Apollo 13 returns safely....

1790 - Death of Benjamin Franklin.
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1861 : La Virginie fait sécession des États-Unis.

Did they ever reunited?
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1861 : La Virginie fait sécession des États-Unis.

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1966: The one-hundredth soccer game between the Netherlands and Belgium. The Dutch won with 3-1.

1985: a media strike, which resulted in no tv and radio at all.

1987: Closing of the Philipsdam, and thus the completion of the Delta Works. (a huge Dutch victory over the sea)

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1986: the peace treaty between the Netherlands and the Scilly Islands, which ended the 335-year war
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1906 - San Francisco earthquake (5:12am)

1924 - Simon & Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book.

1955 - death of Albert Einstein
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He left the film industry in 1997, six years after the 1991 loss of his wife, Anne. He later explained that he "pulled out of making movies in about '96 or '97. "I'm a single parent and I just found that it was too difficult to manage raising my kids and doing the traveling involved in making movies. So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn't miss it"
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1770 - Captain James Cook sights the eastern coast of Australia....

1775 - Battles of Lexington and Concord (American Revolutionary War)....

1839 - Belgium established as a kingdom....

1933 - Birth of Jayne Mansfield....

1989 - Death of Daphne du Maurier.
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Death of Charles Darwin and Benjamin Disraeli (1882 and 1881 respectively).

Birth of Dudley Moore (1935) and Tim Curry (1946).

And, most epoch making, first transmission of a Simpsons cartoon (in the Tracey Ullman Show) in 1987.
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April 20th ....

1534 – Jacques Cartier begins the voyage during which he discovers Canada and Labrador.

1775 – American Revolutionary War: the Siege of Boston ....

1972 – Apollo 16 landed on the moon...

2010 – Deepwater Horizon oil well explodes in the Gulf of Mexico......

1889 – Birth of Adolf Hitler

1912 – Death of Bram Stoker
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1910 - Halley's Comet passes 29th recorded perihelion at 87.9 million km
1940 - 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa
1962 - NASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to 63,250 m
1971 - Barbra Streisand records "We've Only Just Begun"
1993 - Uranus passes Neptune (once every 171 years)
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