April 16
69Defeated by Vitellius' troops at Bedriacum, Otho commits suicide.
556Pelagius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
1065The Norman Robert Guiscard takes Bari, ending five centuries of Byzantine rule in southern Italy.
1705Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton.
1746Prince Charles is defeated at the battle of Culloden, the last pitched battle fought in Britain.
1777At the Battle of Bennington, New England's minute men rout British regulars.
1818The U.S. Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed U.S.-Canada border.
1854San Salvador is destroyed by an earthquake.
1862Confederate President Jefferson Davis approves a conscription act for white males between 18 and 35.
1862Slavery is abolished in the District of Columbia.
1917Vladimir Lenin returns to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution.
1922Annie Oakley shoots 100 clay targets in a row, setting a woman's record.
1942The Island of Malta is awarded the George Cross in recognition for heroism under constant German air attack. It was the first such award given to any part of the British Commonwealth.
1944The destroyer USS Laffey survives horrific damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa.
1945American troops enter Nuremberg, Germany.
1947A lens which provides zoom effects is demonstrated in New York City.
1968The Pentagon announces the "Vietnamization" of the war.
1972Two giants pandas arrive in the U.S. from China.
1977The ban on women attending West Point is lifted.

Born on April 16
1660Hans Sloane, physician, naturalist, founder of the British Museum.
1728Joseph Black, Scottish chemist and physicist.
1786Sir John Franklin, arctic explorer.
1800George Charles Bingham, British soldier, commanded the Light Brigade during the famous charge.
1844Anatole France, French writer.
1850Thomas Sidney Gilchrist, British metallurgist and inventor.
1864Flora Batson, African-American soprano-baritone singer.
1867Wilbur Wright, designer, builder and flyer of the first airplane.
1871John Millington Synge, dramatist and poet (Playboy of the Western World).
1889Charlie Chaplin, film actor and director.
1919Merce Cuningham, American dancer and choreographer.
1922Kingsley Amis, British author (Lucky Jim).
1924Henry Mancini, composer and conductor ("Moon River").
1947Lew Alcinder (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), professional basketball player.

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