On this day

Typical voodoo ceremony in Haiti. The Voodoo religion originated in Benin where Voodoo National Day is celebrated annually on 10 January.

On This Day: What happened on 16 April?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

Typical voodoo ceremony in Haiti. The Voodoo religion originated in Benin where Voodoo National Day is celebrated annually on 10 January.

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 16 April, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 16 APRIL

2014 | The South Korean MV Sewol ferry overturned and sank near Jindo Island, killing 304 passengers and crew and causing widespread criticism of the South Korean government, the media, and the shipping authorities.

2013 | A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran, at least 35 people were killed and 117 others were injured.

2012 | The trial of Anders Behring Breivik, the perpetrator of the 2011 Norwegian attack, began in Oslo, Norway.

2013 | The 2013 Baga massacre started on this day when Boko Haram militants engaged government soldiers in Baga.

2007 | Virginia Tech shooting: Seung-Hui Cho shot dead 32 people and wounded 17 before killing himself.

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BIRTHDAYS

1981 | Canadian football player, Matthieu Proulx.

1839 | Marchese di Rudinì, Italian politician, 12th Prime Minister of Italy, Antonio Starabba, died in 1908.

1938 | American baseball player, Rich Rollins.

1979 | German pole vaulter, Lars Börgeling.

1952 | American football player, and coach, Bill Belichick.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2013 | Finnish-Canadian ice hockey player, Pentti Lund, 88.

2012 | Italian footballer and coach, Carlo Petrini, 64.

2012 | Danish businessman, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, 99.

2018 | American actor, and magician, Harry Anderson, 66.

2013 | Gibraltarian politician, Charles Bruzon, 75.

SPORTS

1975 | On this day, Newcastle United’s Malcolm Macdonald scored all of England’s goals in a 5-0 win over Cyprus in a Euros qualifier at Wembley Stadium.

ENTERTAINMENT

2010 | ” The Perfect Game” was released on this day for the first time in the U.S.

AFRICA FACT

The Voodoo religion originated in Benin where Voodoo National Day is celebrated annually on 10 January.