On This Day April 16
1964 – The Beatles film chase scenes for their movie, “A Hard Day’s Night,” with actors dressed as policemen (“Bobbies”) in the Notting Hill Gate area of London. That evening, the Fab Four record the title track at Abbey Road Studios.
2018 – Kendrick Lamar becomes the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize. The honor is for his 2017 album, “DAMN.” The recognition is part of a growing acceptance of hip-hop by reigning cultural institutions.
1947 – A powerful explosion aboard a chemical-laden freighter docked at Texas City, near Houston, touches off fires that destroy much of the city. Nearly 600 people are killed in what is still considered one of the worst industrial accidents in U.S. history.
1947 – Multimillionaire financier and presidential adviser Bernard Baruch coins the term “Cold War” to describe relations between the United States and the Soviet Union. The phrase sticks, and for more than four decades is a fixture of American diplomacy.
1972 – The Chinese government sends President Richard Nixon two giant pandas as a sign of friendship. The gesture becomes known as “Panda Diplomacy.” A female panda named Ling-Ling and a male named Hsing-Hsing make their home at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
2007 – In one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, 32 people are gunned down on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, by a student at the college who would later take his own life.
Own a Piece of This Day
A Hard Day's Night
Starring The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr)
Lifting Our Eyes: Finding God's Grace Through the Virginia Tech Tragedy - The Lauren McCain Story
Beth J. Lueders
Starring Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee and Harry Myers, and directed by Charlie Chaplin