On This Day: April 16th

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

April 16th:

1900- US Post Office issues 1st books of postage stamps

1705- Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College, Cambridge

1789- George Washington heads for 1st presidential inauguration

1861- US President Abraham Lincoln outlaws business with Confederate States (US Civil War)

1862- Slavery abolished in District of Columbia

1868- Louisiana voters approve new constitution

1900- 4th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Jim Caffrey in race record 2:39:44.4

1912- Harriet Quimby becomes 1st woman pilot to fly across English Channel

1922- Annie Oakley sets women’s record by breaking 100 clay targets in a row

1924- Child labor laws strengthened in Holland

1926- Book of the Month Club sends out its 1st selections “Lolly Willowes” & “Loving Huntsman” by Sylvia Townsend Warner

1945- Battle of Berlin: Red Army begins its attack on the capital of Nazi Germany

My source and more facts at On This Day

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