Today in History: April 16

Today in History: April 16

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0069

Defeated by Vitellius' troops at Bedriacum, Otho commits suicide.

0556

Pelagius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope.

1065

The Norman Robert Guiscard takes Bari, ending five centuries of Byzantine rule in southern Italy.

1705

Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton.

1746

Prince Charles is defeated at the Battle of Culloden, the last pitched battle fought in Britain.

1818

The U.S. Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed U.S.-Canada border.

1854

San Salvador is destroyed by an earthquake.

1862

Confederate President Jefferson Davis approves a conscription act for white males between 18 and 35.

1862

Slavery is abolished in the District of Columbia.

1917

Vladimir Lenin returns to Russia to start the Bolshevik Revolution.

1922

Annie Oakley shoots 100 clay targets in a row, setting a woman's record.

1942

The 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.

1945

The destroyer USS Laffey survives horrific damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa, earning the nickname "The Ship That Would Not Die."

1945

American troops enter Nuremberg, Germany.

1947

A lens which provides zoom effects is demonstrated in New York City.

1968

The Pentagon announces the "Vietnamization" of the war.

1972

Two giants pandas arrive in the U.S. from China.