1851 - A lighthouse was swept away in a gale at Minot’s Ledge, Massachusetts.
1900 - The first book of postage stamps was issued. The two-cent stamps were available in books of 12, 24 and 48 stamps.
1905 - An endowment of a college teachers’ pension fund was established by Andrew Carnegie. He donated $10,000,000 of personal money to set up the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
1926 - The Book-of-the-Month Club in New York City chose as its first selection, "Lolly Willowes" or "The Loving Huntsman" by Sylvia Townsend as the offering to its 4,750 members.
1935 - While pitching for the New York Giants, Carl Hubbell gave up Babe Ruth’s first home run in the National League -- the 709th round-tripper of Ruth’s career. He was playing for the Boston Braves at the time. Five homers later, after number 714, Ruth retired from baseball.
1940 - The first no-hit, no-run game thrown on an opening day of baseball season was earned by Bob Feller. The Cleveland Indians blanked the Chicago White Sox 1-0.
1947 - Zoomar arrived. No, this is not about some comic book superhero or space alien. Zoomar is a lens demonstrated by NBC-TV in New York City. The Zoomar lens is a device that can feature close-up and long distance camera shots from a stationary camera. Eventually, the lens would be scaled down for use by regular photographers, not just for television. There are many different kinds of close-up/long distance lenses today, including the zoom lens named after the original Zoomar.
1957 - Polly Bergen starred in "The Helen Morgan Story" on the CBS television presentation of "Playhouse 90".
1968 - Baseball’s longest night game was completed -- after 24 innings. The game took six hours, six minutes to play. The winner? The Houston Astros.
1973 - Former Beatle, Paul McCartney, leading the group, Wings, starred in his first TV special titled, "James Paul McCartney". The show featured the new group, including Paul’s wife, Linda (on keyboards and backing vocals).
1978 - St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch pitched a no-hitter beating the Phillies 5-0. His brother, Ken, repeated the feat with the Houston Astros a year later, making them the first brothers to throw major-league no-hitters. Bob tossed a second no-hitter in September, 1983, to set a record for Cardinal pitchers.
1980 - Composer and conductor Morris Stoloff died at age 81. He was musical director at Columbia Pictures for more than two decades, beginning in 1936. Stoloff won three Academy Awards, including one for "The Jolson Story" in 1946. Ten years later, his recording of "Moonglow and Theme From Picnic" topped the "Billboard" chart for three weeks.
1987 - From the Here’s How Not to Be like Howard Stern file: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sternly warned U.S. radio stations to watch the use of indecent language on the airwaves. This was directed at shock jocks, like Stern, and those on your neighborhood radio station. Some stations, the FCC noted, had gone way beyond the seven dirty words made famous by comedian George Carlin in a routine from the early 1970s.
Birthdays - April 16
1660 - Hans Sloane (doctor, naturalist, collector: instrumental in the founding of the British Museum [the national museum and library of the United Kingdom]: Sloane left his personal collection to Great Britain upon his death; died Jan 11, 1753)
1866 - Jose de Diego (patriot and political leader of Puerto Rico; April 16 is a legal holiday in Puerto Rico in honor of de Diego; passed away July 17, 1918)
1867 - Wilbur Wright (aviator: one of the Wright Brothers; passed away May 30, 1912)
1871 - John Millington Synge (poet, playwright: The Playboy of the Western World, The Aran Islands, Shadow of the Glen, Riders to the Sea, The Well of the Saints; passed away Mar 24, 1909)
1889 - Sir Charles (Spencer) ‘Charlie’ Chaplin (‘The Little Tramp’: producer, actor: The Tramp, The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator Limelight; formed United Artists Corporation [w/Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith]; died Dec 25, 1977
1913 - Les Tremayne (Henning) (actor: The War of the Worlds, Francis Goes to West Point, The Slime People, I Love Melvin; died Dec 19, 2003)
1914 - John Hodiak (actor: The Miniver Story, Conquest of Cochise; passed away Oct 19, 1955)
1917 - Barry Nelson (Nielsen) (actor: Airport, The Shining, Pete ’n’ Tillie, The Human Comedy, Island Claw, Shadow of the Thin Man; died Apr 7, 2007)
1919 - Merce Cunningham (dancer, choreographer: films: Changing Steps, Beach Birds for Camera; died Sep 26, 2009)
1921 - Sir Peter Ustinov (Academy Award-winning actor: Spartacus , Topkapi ; Quo Vadis, Death on the Nile, Beau Brummel; died Mar 28, 2004)
1922 - Kingsley Amis (novelist: The Crime of the Century, Lucky Jim; passed away Oct 22, 1995)
1923 - Bennie Green (trombonist, lyricist: The Diamond and the Goose; journalist; died Mar 23, 1977)
1924 - Henry Mancini (Enrico Nicola Mancini) (Academy Award-winning composer: Moon River , Days of Wine and Roses , Breakfast at Tiffany’s score , Victor/Victoria score ; composed themes for The Pink Panther, Mr. Lucky, Peter Gunn, Charade, NBC Mystery Movie, NBC Nightly News, Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet; 20 Grammy Awards; passed away June 14, 1994)
1927 - Edie Adams (Enke) (actress: The Apartment, The Oscar, Love with the Proper Stranger, The Ernie Kovacs Show; spokesperson for Muriel Cigars: “Hey big spender, spend a little time with me.”; died Oct 15, 2008)
1929 - Roy Hamilton (singer: You’ll Never Walk Alone, If I Loved You, Ebb Tide, Unchained Melody, Don’t Let Go, You Can Have Her)
1930 - Herbie Mann (Soloman) (jazz musician, flautist: Hijack, Superman, Comin’ Home Baby, Bang! Bang!, Violets Don’t be Blue; died July 1, 2003)
1933 - Ike Pappas (newsman: CBS News)
1935 - Bobby Vinton (Stanley Vintulla) (singer: Roses are Red [My Love], Blue on Blue, Blue Velvet, Mr. Lonely, There! I’ve Said It Again, My Melody of Love)
1939 - Dusty Springfield (Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien) (singer: Wishin’ and Hopin’, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, The Look of Love, Son-of-a-Preacher Man, The Windmills of Your Mind, A Brand New Me; group: The Springfields: Silver Threads and Golden Needles; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [3-15-99]; passed away Mar 2, 1999)
1942 - Jim (James Reynold) Lonborg (baseball: pitcher: Boston Red Sox [Cy Young Award: 1967/World Series: 1967/all-star: 1967], Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies)
1947 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor) (Basketball Hall of Famer: LA Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks: NBA career record: games played [1.560], points [38,387], field goals [15,387], blocked shots [3,189] cameo role: Airplane!)
1947 - Gerry Rafferty (singer, songwriter: Stuck in the Middle with You, Star, Baker Street; died Jan 4, 2011)
1949 - Bill Spooner (musician: guitar: group: The Tubes)
1953 - Jay O. Sanders (actor: Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Crime Story, Aftermash)
1954 - Ellen Barkin (Emmy Award-winning actress: Before Women Had Wings [1997 miniseries]; Diner, Tender Mercies, Wild Bill, Bad Company, Daniel, Sea of Love, Eddie and the Cruisers)
1963 - Jimmy Osmond (singer: group: The Osmonds: the youngest Osmond)
1965 - Jon Cryer (actor: Two and a Half Men, Heads, Hot Shots!, Superman 4: The Quest for Peace, Pretty in Pink, No Small Affair, Partners, The Famous Teddy Z)
1976 - Lukas Haas (actor: Boys, Leap of Faith, Rambling Rose, The Lady in White, Witness)
Chart Toppers - April 16
Oh, What It Seemed to Be - The Frankie Carle Orchestra (vocal: Marjorie Hughes)
You Won’t Be Satisfied - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief - Betty Hutton
Guitar Polka - Al Dexter
Wanted - Perry Como
Cross Over the Bridge - Patti Page
Here - Tony Martin
Slowly - Webb Pierce
Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares
Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley
Slow Twistin’ - Chubby Checker
She’s Got You - Patsy Cline
Let It Be - The Beatles
ABC - The Jackson 5
Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
Tennessee Bird Walk - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
Night Fever - Bee Gees
Stayin’ Alive - Bee Gees
Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton
Someone Loves You Honey - Charley Pride
Rock Me Amadeus - Falco
Kiss - Prince & The Revolution
Manic Monday - Bangles
She and I - Alabama