What happend on 16.04 in history
2005The BBC announces David Tennant's casting as the Tenth Doctor in the long-running science-fiction television series, Doctor Who.
2003Makobo Modjadji is crowned the new Rain Queen of Balobedu.
2001First 3G voice call on Vodafone UK's 3G network.
1998One of the most serious urban tornadoes in history does significant damage to downtown Nashville, Tennessee (see Nashville Tornado of 1998).
1996France TÃ©lÃ©com introduces its Wanadoo Internet service.
1992The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique. 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean.
1972Vietnam War: Nguyen Hue Offensive â€“ Prompted by the North Vietnamese offensive, the United States resumes bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong.
1972Apollo program: Apollo 16 launches toward the Moon from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
1949Dave Garroway moves from radio to television to host the musical-variety show Garroway at Large.
1947Bernard Baruch coins the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.
1947Texas City Disaster: An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600.
1945German ship Goya sinks, killing more than 7,000 people.
1945The United States Army liberates Nazi Sonderlager (high security) Prisoner of War camp Oflag IVc (Colditz Castle).
1945WWII: The Red Army begins the final assault on German forces around Berlin.
1943Dr. Albert Hofmann discovers the psychedelic effects of LSD.
1935Radio program Fibber McGee and Molly debuts.
1926Lolly Willows by Sylvia Townsend Warner is distributed as the first Book-of-the-Month Club selection.
1922The Treaty of Rapallo, in which Germany and the Soviet Union re-establish diplomatic relations between Berlin and Moscow, is signed.
1919Mohandas Gandhi organizes a day of "prayer and fasting" in response to the British slaughter of Indian protestors in the Amritsar Massacre.
1917Vladimir Lenin returns to Petrograd (present-day Saint Petersburg) from exile in Finland.
1912Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel.
1881In Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle.
1863American Civil War: Siege of Vicksburg â€“ 12 ships led by Union Admiral David Dixon Porter move through heavy Confederate artillery fire on approach to Vicksburg, Mississippi. Only one ship is lost.
1853The first passenger rail opens in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane.
1799Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Mount Tabor â€“ Napoleon drives Ottoman Turks across the River Jordan near Acre.
1780The University of MÃ¼nster in MÃ¼nster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany is founded
1746Second Jacobite Rebellion: The Battle of Culloden, the last battle of the Jacobite Uprising is fought, ultimately leading to the destruction of the Highland clans.
1521Martin Luther's first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the rest of the estates of the empire.
1178A solar eclipse may mark the return of Odysseus, legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom after the Trojan War.
1071Bari falls to Robert Guiscard, ending Byzantine rule in Italy.