Today in History for 16th April 2021

Historical Events

1521 – Martin Luther arrives at the Diet of Worms assembly
1948 – Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris
1980 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1987 – Michael Jordan becomes the second NBA player in history to score 3000 points in a season
2013 – 37 people are killed by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Khash country, Iran
2014 – South Korean ferry MV Sewol sinks on route Incheon to Jeju, 304 drown, mostly students. National controversy erupts over rescue efforts and actions of crew and owner.

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Famous Birthdays

1915 – Gerard McLarnon, British-Irish actor and writer (The Wrestler’s Honeymoon), born in Clitheroe, Lancashire (d. 1997)
1931 – Piet de Visser, Dutch politician (PvdA), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2012)
1964 – Dave Pirner, American rocker (Soul Asylum), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
1974 – Xu Jinglei, Chinese actress, singer and director, born in Beijing, China
1974 – Mat Devine, American singer (Kill Hannah), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
1984 – Claire Foy, English Actress (The Crown), born in Stockport, England

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Famous Deaths

1865 – Robert C. Tyler, US Confederate brigadier general, dies during the Battle of West Point, at 32
1929 – Abraham van Stolk Jzn, Dutch art collector, dies at 57
1968 – Edna Ferber, American author and playwright (American Beauty, Cimarron), dies at 82
1988 – Warde Donovan, dies at 72
1992 – Andy Russell, American drummer and vocalist (Your Hit Parade), dies of stroke at 72
2019 – Jörg Wolfgang Demus, Austrian classical pianist and composer, dies at 90

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