What Happened on April 16


Historical Events

1956 – 60th Boston Marathon won by Antti Viskari of Finland in race record 2:14:14
1972 – Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz’s musical review “That’s Entertainment” closes at Edison Theater, NYC, after 4 performances
1978 – “History of the American Film” closes at ANTA NYC after 21 performances
2012 – 116th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Wesley Korir wins men’s section in 2:12:40; Sharon Cherop first woman in 2:31:50
2014 – Real Madrid defeat Barcelona to win its 19th Copa del Rey trophy
2021 – Raúl Castro confirms he is resigning as Cuban Communist Party leader, ending his family’s six decade leadership of Cuba

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Famous Birthdays

1897 – Jaap Vranken, Dutch organist and composer (Stabat Mater), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1956)
1897 – Arthur Charles Ernest Hoérée, Belgian-French composer, born in St. Gilles, Brussels, Belgium (d. 1986)
1938 – Gordon Wilson, Scottish politician (Leader of the Scottish National Party), born in Govan, Glasgow (d. 2017)
1965 – Caren Kemner, American volleyball outside hitter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Quincy, Illinois
1970 – Fran Robinson, American actress (Lauren-Charlie and Company), born in California
1975 – Nick Pickard, British actor, born in Surrey, United Kingdom

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Famous Deaths

1995 – Arthur English, British comedian and actor (Malachi’s Cove, Are You Being Served?), dies of complications from emphysema at 75
1999 – Alexander “Skip” Spence, Canadian-American guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane), dies of lung cancer at 52
2005 – Kathleen “Kay” Walsh, British actress (The Horse’s Mouth, Oliver Twist), dies in a fire at 93
2011 – Gerry Alexander, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (25 Tests, top score 108, 90 dismissals), dies at 82
2019 – Fay McKenzie, American actress and singer (The Party, Sierra Sue), dies at 101
2021 – Mike Mitchell, American rock guitarist (The Kingsmen -“Louie, Louie”), dies on his 77th birthday

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