April 16 in Pop Culture History

April 16 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

April 16 History Highlights

  • 1862 – Emancipation Day – Abraham Lincoln freed 3,1000 slaves in Washington DC.
  • 1908 – Natural Bridges National Monument was established in Utah.
  • 1946 – The United States Army liberated Nazi Sonderlager (high security) prisoner-of-war camp Colditz, aka Oflag IV-C.
  • 1947 – Bernard Baruch first used the term “Cold War” to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • 1961 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared that he is a Marxist–Leninist and that Cuba is going to adopt Communism.
  • If you were born on April 16th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… July 24th (prior year)

Save The Elephant Day

The goal of Save the Elephant Day is to promote awareness of the endangered Asian and African elephants in an effort to help them survive. The Save The Elephant Day was created as a way for people around the world to combine their efforts and show concern for these incredible animals. Through public outreach and collaborative work, we can financially support no-hunting zones, collaborate on scientific research projects, provide education about environmental conservation so that future generations will continue this tradition of love for nature.

April 16 is…

Day of the Mushroom
Eggs Benedict Day
Save the Elephant Day
Stress Awareness Day
Wear Pajamas to Work Day

April 16 Birthday Quotes

“We haven’t got a plan so nothing can go wrong!”
– Spike Milligan

“Sometimes the truth don’t rhyme.”}
– Chance the Rapper

“The best thing in life is to go ahead with all your plans and your dreams, to embrace life and to live every day with passion, to lose and still keep the faith and to win while being grateful. All of this because the world belongs to those who dare to go after what they want. And because life is really too short to be insignificant.”
– Charlie Chaplin

“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.’
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“Actors always have things that they’re not thrilled about on a show and have a hobby of bellyaching about those things.”
– Jon Cryer

“Two Things that Define Success In Life – The way you manage when you have nothing and the way you behave when you have everything.”
– Akon

April 16 Birthdays

1660 – Hans Sloane, Irish-English physician and academic (died in 1753)
1889 – Charlie Chaplin, English actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and composer (died in 1977)
1917 – Barry Nelson, American character actor (died in 2007)
1918 – Spike Milligan, Irish actor, comedian, and writer (died in 2002)
1921 – Peter Ustinov, English actor (died in 2004)
1924 – Henry Mancini, American composer and conductor (died in 1994)
1930 – Herbie Mann, American composer (died in 2003)
1934 – Robert Stigwood, Australian producer and manager (died in 2016)
1935 – Bobby Vinton, American singer
1939 – Dusty Springfield, English singer (died in 1999)
1947 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, American basketball player
1947 – Gerry Rafferty, Scottish singer-songwriter (died in 2011)
1952 – Bill Belichick, American football player
1954 – Ellen Barkin, American actress
1965 – Jon Cryer, American actor
1965 – Martin Lawrence, American actor
1973 – Akon, Senegalese-American singer and rapper
1976 – Lukas Haas, American character actor and musician
1984 – Claire Foy, English actress
1993 – Chance the Rapper, American rapper
1996 – Anya Taylor-Joy, Argentine-British actress

April 16 History

73 AD – Masada, a Jewish fortress, fell to the Romans after several months of siege.

1881 – In Dodge City, Kansas, gunslinger Bat Masterson fought his last gun battle. He paid an $8 fine and retired.

1908 – Natural Bridges National Monument was established in Utah.

1910 – The Boston Arena opened.

1912 – American aviator Harriet Quimby became the first female pilot to fly across the English Channel. She was also the first US licensed female pilot.

1943 – Albert Hoffmann accidentally discovered the psychedelic effects of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)

1947 – The Texas City Disaster, ammonium nitrate explosion killed 571 people.

1947 – Bernard Baruch, in a speech given during the unveiling of his portrait in the South Carolina House of Representatives, coined the term ‘Cold War to describe relations between the United States and the Soviet Union.

1962 – Walter Cronkite became the news anchor for the CBS network.

1977 – #1 Hit April 16, 1977 – April 22, 1977: David Soul – Don’t Give Up on Us

1990 – ‘Doctor Death’, Jack Kevorkian, participated in his first assisted suicide. Janet Adkins was the patient, in Detroit, Michigan.

1995 – Governor George W. Bush named April 16 as Selena Day in Texas, after the singer was killed two weeks earlier.

April 16, 2005 (fiction) Bruce Banner becomes The Hulk, The Hulk, Marvel Cinematic Universe

2007 – Virginia Tech massacre: Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and injured 17 before committing suicide.

2012 – The Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, and it was the first time since 1977 that no book won the Fiction Prize.

April 16, 2151 (fiction) Enterprise NX-01 was launched, Star Trek: Enterprise

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

A group of Sharks is called a Shiver or School or Shoal.

“Round up the usual suspects.” – Capt. Louis Renault (Claude Rains) #moviequotes

“There’ll be peace when you are done, lay your weary head to rest, don’t you cry no more.” #songlyrics

TV shows like NCIS and CSI are basically the grown-up versions of Scooby-Doo.

“I am perplexed. Get Satan out!” – Aleister Crowley (famous occultist) #LastWords

“It’s kinda like a new pair of underwear. At first, it’s constrictive, but after a while, it becomes a part of you.” – Garth Algar #moviequotes

“Ssshhhhh… He’s asleep” is a consideration. “Ssshhhhh… He’s awake” is a conspiracy.

The female equivalent of a “dude” is a “dudine,” not a “dudette.” #really?

Based on the number of times I’ve failed those captcha tests, I’m not entirely convinced that I’m not a robot.

If dogs played poker, the ones with long tails would always lose.

I love how when you drop something small and take your eyes off it for one second it immediately transports you to an alternate universe.

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